EVELYN HELEN HERMANN
Evelyn, a long-time member of HPNC, died peacefully on February 15, 2010, just short of her ninetieth birthday. Her high spirit, infectious laughter, and delightful sense of humor will be greatly missed.
Evelyn was born and raised in Mill Valley. In her youth, she traveled widely throughout Europe, using her language skills to land a civilian job with the U.S. Army in Germany. Later she served in the U.S. Navy. Returning stateside, she took a position with Standard Oil/Chevron where she worked for many years. She had a great appreciation of nature and the outdoors, and enjoyed hiking, skiing, and tennis.
In later life Evelyn became an award-winning poet, publishing four small books of perceptive haiku and humorous senryu. For many years she was an active member of a group of poets who met in Marin to write and share haiku and renku.
In Still Speaking of Wind, the 2006 Two Autumns anthology, Paul Miller, the editor, wrote: “The characteristic most associated with Evelyn’s poetry is humor, yet her poetry has a wide range of styles with which this playfulness interacts. Ranging from outright puns to beautifully composed shasei, her word choices are exacting as if she writes truly from the moment, letting the poem dictate its own parameters. Like traditional Japanese haiku, she often chooses words that have more than one meaning often for humorous effect.”
in the vinegar bottle
2003 HPNC Senryu Contest First Place
the mountain’s wrinkled
from “Still Speaking of Wind”, 2006 Two Autumn Anthology)