Gary Gatch: Haiku



the old pawnbroker

pays not even one thin dime

for new war medals


kept from playing with toy guns

boys use their fingers instead


opera patrons pass by

the veteran leaning in trashcan

shadows in rain


Gary Gach

Gary Gregory Gach (born November 30, 1947) is an American author, translator, editor, teacher and poet living on Russian Hill, San Francisco. His work has been translated into several languages, and has appeared in several anthologies and numerous periodicals. He serves on the International Advisory Panel of the Buddhist Channel, a Malaysian Buddhist news website. He currently hosts Haiku Corner for Tricycle: The Buddhist Review.

Gach is a recipient of an American Book Award in 1999 for What Book!?




1971: (Co-author with Jim Williams) Poetry Reading (Massive Graphite)
1974: Preparing the Ground : Poems 1960-1970 (Heirs, International; San Francisco)
1980: Severe winter dissolves at the welcome (Self-published)
1996: The Pocket Guide to the Internet: No-Sweat Guide to the Information Highway (Pocket Books; New York) ISBN 0-671-56850-7
1997: Every Writer’s Essential Guide to Online Resources and Opportunities (Prima Publishing; Rocklin, New York) ISBN 0-7615-0641-1
2001: Complete Idiot’s Guide to Understanding Buddhism (Alpha Books, New York) ISBN 0-02-864170-1


2005: (Co-translator with Brother Anthony Of Taizé and Kim Young-moo) Ten Thousand Lives by Ko Un, introduction by Robert Hass, (Green Integer: Los Angeles) ISBN 1-933382-06-6
2006: (Co-translator with Brother Anthony Of Taizé and Kim Young-moo) Flowers of a Moment, 185 brief poems by Ko Un; (Rochester, New York) ISBN 1-929918-88-7


1998: What Book!? : Buddha Poems from Beat to Hiphop, introduction by Peter Coyote (Parallax Press; Albany, California) ISBN 0-938077-92-9 (American Book Award)

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