Laryalee (Lary) Fraser

August 22, 1940 – October 16, 2013

Laryalee was the pen name Lee Fraser chose when she entered the world of poetry. However, most of us in the writing circles knew her best as Lary.

She was born on Vancouver Island in Canada’s westernmost province, British Columbia.  However, she spent most of her life living in small BC interior towns.  Her employment as a reporter, editor, and photographer for various newspapers helped her to hone skills which she would put to good use as a haiku poet and haiga artist for the last ten years of her life.   

In 2000, Lary turned to writing – something she’d enjoyed since childhood. She wrote a lot of rhyming poetry, before turning to other forms and styles, many of which appear on various internet sites. In 2002, she started composing haiku. It was here she found her niche. Although Lary also wrote haibun and tanka, she is probably best known through her haiku and haiga.

Lary was a member of several on-line work shopping forums including WHC Multimedia, Haiku Hut, and AHA. She was a well-respected and much-loved moderator on the AHA Haiku and Haiga Forums, where her generosity and self-effacing nature were felt by all. Many remember her as a mentor and friend, and owe her a great deal of gratitude for her time, compassion, and constant encouragement and support.

Lary’s haiku, tanka, and haiga have appeared in Ambrosia, Asahi Haikuist Network, Atlas Poetica, Chrysanthemum, Clouds Peak, f/k/a, Frogpond, Haiga Online, Haiku Harvest, Hermitage 3, Magnapoets, Mainichi Daily News, Notes from the Gean, Roadrunner, Shamrock, Shiki Internet Kukai, Short Stuff, Simply Haiku, Sketchbook, The Heron’s Nest, Tinywords, Wisteria, World Haiku Review and, posthumously, in A Hundred Gourds and Cattails.

A selection of her work is available on three of her own websites:

a leaf rustles 

Lary's poetry and art 

Rustles: Lary's blog 
 

She was also very proud of the anthology she compiled with haiku by some of her friends

a procession of ripples  

Awards and Other Honors:

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Contest 1st place, 2010
Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Contest (HM or Sakura Awards), 2006 – 2009
Mainichi Daily News 2nd place in Annual Selection, 2005
Shiki Internet Kukai 1st place, August 2005 (free), November 2005 (free theme), April 2006 (free theme), July 2006 (kigo and free)
Shiki Internet Kukai 2nd place, July 2005 (kigo), December 2005 (kigo)
Shiki Internet Kukai 3rd place, February 2005 (free), April 2005 (kigo) February 2006
The Katikati’s Haiku Pathway in New Zealand 2007

 

 

inhale, exhale . . .
the push of a leaf bud
into sunlight 

Rustles Spring 2010 © L. Fraser

 

opening day
a yellow crocus
gathers sunlight

Previously unpublished

 

the wiggle
of a bee’s behind –
cherry blossom 

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Contest Sakura Award (HM)

 

late snowfall –
I search for yesterday’s
spring feeling 

Rustles Spring 2012 © L. Fraser

 

red mittens

her laughter ahead

of the snowball                      

 

 

The Heron’s Nest 9:2 June 2007

 

planting the beans …

this year it takes longer

to unbend myself

  

 

Ambrosia #4, 2009

 

election promises –

I turn my tray of seedlings

toward the sun        

          

 

Haiku News May 28/12

 

all those doors

I never opened …

rosebud   

 

 

Rustles Summer 2010 © L. Fraser

 

I ponder

the meaning of hope

dandelion summer   

  

 

Rustles Summer 2012 © L. Fraser

 

midday mosquito –

my elbow the only place

I didn’t spray 

 

 

A Hundred Gourds 3.1, December 2013

 

tug of her hand –

a heron one breath away

from the sky    

           

 

The Heron’s Nest 7:3, 2007

 

apple harvest –

weighing the future

of honeybees              

 

 

A Hundred Gourds 3.1, December 2013

 

cloud watch –

the inner weight

of grey    

        

 

Haiku News Sept 24/12

 

between the sky

and the spin of the earth

this falling leaf

 

 

Mainichi Daily News November 2006

 

frozen mud –

everything I want to say

has been said before

 

 

Rustles Winter 2009 © L. Fraser

 

autumn sunset

sometimes a dream

is only a dream

 

Rustles Autumn 2010 © L. Fraser

 

dusting off

an old memory

piano keys  

 

 

 

Rustles Winter 2010 © L. Fraser

 

box of keepsakes

      hoarfrost

reshapes the willow

 

 

 

Rustles Winter 2011/12 © L. Fraser

 

arctic chill –

I too, have caused

a flower’s death

 

 

 

Haiku News, Vol.2 No. 8 Feb.18, 2013

 

hospital sheets

the moment when now

changes shape   

 

 

Simply Haiku 5:1, 2007

 

snowdrops –

the simplicity

of white     

     

 

Simply Haiku (haibun) 7:2, 2009

 

first violets –

somewhere a river

keeps rising

               

 

Haiku News June 11/12

 

biopsy …

but just for today

cherry blossoms

 

 

 

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Contest 1st place, 2010

 

so little time …

a hummingbird on the edge

of nightfall

 

 

Rustles Spring 2010 © L. Fraser

 

starry sky …

wondering if I want

the answers   

 

 

A Hundred Gourds 3.1, December 2013