George Swede

George Swede


George Swede was born in Riga, Latvia in 1940 and has lived in Toronto, Canada since 1967. Over thirty collections of his haiku have been published. His haiku and senryu have routinely been featured in haiku magazines around the world, and he has received numerous awards for his poetry. Brooks Books published a clothbound edition of his selected haiku, Almost Unseen.


As a scholar and editor of haiku in English, Swede has been responsible for several important collections including:

George Swede, editor. Canadian Haiku Anthology (Three Trees Press: Toronto, Ontario, 1979).

George Swede, editor. The Modern English Haiku (Columbine Editions: Toronto, Ontario, 1981).

George Swede, editor. Cicada Voices: Selected Haiku of Eric Amann (High/Coo Press: Battle Ground, Indiana, 1983).

He is editor (with Randy Brooks) of a new anthology, Global Haiku: 25 Outstanding Poets (Iron Press: Northumberland, England, 2000).

where the path stops
my shadow doing something
in the bushes

Blithe Spirit, 1996


what ebb tide left
in this tiny shell
still holds the sky

2nd Prize, Mainichi Newspaper's 125th Anniversary Contest, 1997

windowless office
a fly buzzes against
my glasses

Iron, 1995