A Hundred Gourds 3:1 December 2013
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In Memoriam

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Laryalee Fraser 1940 - 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.

Throughout the 90’s, Fraser was heavily involved in public service as a member of the Chase Village Council, including three years as mayor. She retired in 1996, but continued working as a volunteer for various community organizations.

Following the death of her second husband, in 2000, Lary turned to writing – something she’d enjoyed since childhood. At first, she wrote rhyming poetry, then experimented with various other fixed forms, before trying her hand at haiku in 2002. 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 workshopping forums including WHCMultimedia, 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 of us remember her as our mentor and friend, and owe her a great deal of gratitude for her time, compassion, and constant encouragement and support.

Although her work has been widely published in online journals, Lary was particularly proud of her own websites. She learned basic HTML in order to save and share her haiku, tanka, haibun, and haiga
in a leaf rustles, Lary's poetry and art, and on Lary's blog. We hope you’ll visit and enjoy these sites and share the pleasure we experienced in gathering and reading Lary’s work – a few of these poems for the first time, many of them as familiar favourites. 

Susan Constable – tanka editor