D’s Poetry : Haiku 67 : Raymond Roseliep

D’s Poetry is a living archive of all poetry penned by me, Divvya Nirula. Join me on this journey today as we discuss the life and work of Raymond Roseliep.

The Pride Flocks in droves,
The doves are kept at bay, smile!
For you are next – FLY!

Divvya Nirula

Raymond Roseliep was born in 1917 in Iowa, United State. His parents were John Albert Roseliep and Anna Elizabeth Anderson.

Roseliep is best known for his poetry – specially his haiku. By the early 20th century, Haiku was already a popular form of poetry for American poets. In fact, poets across the globe were writing haiku in their own native languages, owing to the versatility of the Japanese verse and its accessibility. Roseliep’s haiku however, is particularly well known. It earned him the moniker of “the John Donne of Western Haiku”. A reference, of course, to the celebrated English poet of the early 17th century.

Roseliep attended Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. Here he earned his Bachelors in Arts. Subsequently, he completed his MA in English from Catholic University of America. In the mid-50s, Roseliep also earned his PhD in English Literature from Notre Dame University.

Roseliep was a practicing Catholic and religion was important to him. He was ordained in 1943, at St Raphael’s Cathedral in Dubuque.

Roseliep also won the Haiku Society of America Harold Henderson award twice. Once in 1977, and then again in 1982.

Haiku & Sequences

wind keeps carving
a head
from mountain rock

Raymond Roseliep, Sun in His Belly (High/Coo Press, 1977)

the man watching
guides his knife
to cherrystone

Raymond Roseliep, Sun in His Belly (High/Coo Press, 1977)

Sistine Chapel:
just above me the snug arc
of a toenail

Raymond Roseliep, Listen to Light (Alembic Press, 1980)

The following haiku by Roseliep is perhaps one of his most famous sequence.

takes in  
the world
from the heart out

funnels
our day
into itself

closes
on its own
inner light

Raymond Roseliep, The Morning Glory

You are invited along on this journey of discovery and writing. For more poetry and verse by Divvya Nirula, please visit the archive for D’s Poetry.