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Tampa resident Jeff Karon has a versatile background in
literature ranging from technical writing to philosophy and
critical thinking to creative writing. He is a practicing
martial artist and writer becoming well known for his
haikus. Graduating from New College of Florida with a B.A.
in Philosophy Karon went on to achieve a Ph.D. in English
(Rhetoric and Composition) from the University of South
Florida. Karon is committed to the belief in the clarity and
importance language clearly illustrated by his powerful
Karon is the founder of The Honorable Classroom a tutoring
and training service dedicated to helping young writers
improve their style and delivery while maintaining a code of
ethics. Karon teaches skills important to academic pursuits
as well as life apart from the written word by maintaining
the dignity of both the writer and the audience.
A Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry. Verses are
written in 17 syllables divided into three lines of 5, 7,
and 5 syllables. They employ highly evocative
allusions and comparisons, often on the subject of nature of
The river never
runs dry. Tell me tomorrow
when the rains come back.
Like black, moistened pens,
rowboats glide up to the walls,
River kings and queens
yet servants to sweat and salt--
beating their thin oars.
I cannot breathe rain
as do the loud cicadas--
but Summer shouts, Breathe!
Excerpt from RESURRECTION RIVER
The dusk refuses to deepen.
We are lightly shadowed.
The river pays us little mind.
Our shadows in tow, we are resurrected along the river.
We are resurrection men and women.
This is how rivers live again.
The ancient Chinese
watched cranes exercise their natures--
we waddle instead.
If a can floats by,
at least someone was walking
here--throw it away.
River pushes through,
bustling past with business
of swirling fall leaves.