NC Literary Hall of Fame



The Open Eye by Lenard D. Moore

Mountains & Rivers Press
$16.00, perfect-bound
September, 2015
Available from the publisher

Limited 30th Anniversary Edition!

"In the thirty years since the first publication of The Open Eye, Lenard D. Moore has lived a life that has contained a full range of the possibilities of what it is to be a human, a poet, a man. He has achieved significant triumphs and suffered horrific losses. What has remained consistent throughout this time has been his willingness to embrace his circumstances and to move forward. This steadfastness is nowhere more evident than in his haiku. The Open Eye is where we first encounter the man he is. Then and now, we are not disappointed."
—Jim Kacian, President The Haiku Foundation

"Lenard D. Moore is an important haiku practitioner who is extremely economical in using words to convey the meaning beyond imagery, and The Open Eye is an excellent collection of haiku that leads the reader to experience what the poet sees, hears, feels, smells, and touches in four seasons."
—John Zheng, editor of African American Haiku: Cultural Visions

An established poet in many genres, Lenard D. Moore is also one of the foremost writers of English-language haiku. His first collection, The Open Eye, appeared thirty years ago and provides an excellent snapshot of haiku in the 1980s while also resonating with elements of haiku written today. In addition to the original foreword by Lorraine Ellis Harr, this limited 30th anniversary edition includes an introduction by Haiku Foundation President, Jim Kacian, which considers Moore’s poems in the context of the last few decades of haiku history. The Open Eye was designed by Jonathan Greene and features a cover photograph by Dobree Adams.

open grave –
the autumn moon moves
across the shovel


Which way to go—
the eastward trail, snow
the westward trail, snow


Lenard D. Moore, a North Carolina native and U.S. Army Veteran, is the Founder and Executive Director of the Carolina African American Writers’ Collective and Co-founder of the Washington Street Writers Group. Moore’s poems, short stories, essays and reviews have appeared in over 400 publications, such as AGNI, Prairie Schooner, Colorado Review, and Crab Orchard Review. His poetry has appeared in over 100 anthologies and has been translated into several languages.

He is the author of The Open Eye (NC Haiku Society Press, 1985), Forever Home (St. Andrews College Press, 1992), Desert Storm: A Brief History (Los Hombres Press, 1993) and A Temple Looming (WordTech Editions, 2008).

Moore has taught workshops, served on literary panels, and given hundreds of readings at schools, festivals, colleges, and universities, including the National Black Arts Festival, Zora Neale Hurston Festival, The People’s Poetry Gathering, The Walt Whitman Cultural Arts Center (Camden, New Jersey) and The Library of Congress. He has also been featured on several radio and television programs, including the TBS Documentary Spirit of the Ark that aired on August 5, 1996, at 8:05 pm Eastern Standard Time, and the radio program “Voice of America.”

He is recipient of the Haiku Museum of Tokyo Award (1983, 1994 and 2003), 1992 First Prize Winner in Traditional Style Haiku sponsored by Mainichi Daily News (Tokyo, JAPAN), 1992 Third Prize Harold G. Henderson Award (Haiku Society of America), Indies Arts Award (1996), Margaret Walker Creative Writing Award (1997), Tar Heel of the Week Award (1998), Shaw University Alumni Achievement Award (2000), Sam Ragan Award in the Fine Arts (2006) Raleigh Medal of Arts for Lifetime Achievement (2008), and North Carolina Award in Literature (2014). He also was a Finalist in the 1987-88 Japan Air Lines Haiku Contest in which more than 40,000 entries were received. He is a Cave Canem Fellow (1998-2000).

He is the former President of the Haiku Society of America (2008 and 2009) and Executive Chairman of the North Carolina Haiku Society. He has taught at North Carolina State University (Raleigh), North Carolina A&T State University (Greensboro), Shaw University, and Enloe High School. He also has been Writer-in-Residence for the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County.

He has lived in South Carolina, Virginia, California, and Germany. An avid reader and listener of music, he writes about family, jazz, identity, and global issues.

Mr. Moore earned his MA degree in English/African American Literature from NC A&T State University, and his BA degree with honors (Magna Cum Laude) from Shaw University. Currently, Mr. Moore, Associate Professor of English, teaches Advanced Poetry Writing and African American Literature at the University of Mount Olive, where he directs the literary festival. He is working on two poetry collections, a novel, short stories, a play, and literary criticism. Mr. Moore mentors several other poets and writers.

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