Give Haiku a Try!

Begin writing haiku. If you can’t make it to our Haikufest, Saturday, May 7, in the Chicago area—co-sponsored by the Midwest Region of the Haiku Society of America and the Evanston (IL) Public Library– investigate it on your own.

There are some great haiku journals, such as “Mayfly,” published in Decatur, IL, “bottle rockets,” of Windsor, CT, “Modern Haiku,” of Santa Fe, NM, and of course, “Frogpond,” published by the Haiku Society of America. I also alert you to a great blog, http://www.haikuproject.wordpress.com

The above blog features great news about haiku happenings, and highlights great examples of haiku.

If you really want to learn haiku, you must read a lot of haiku that is being published today in top haiku journals. Sometimes, when haiku is published in poetry journals that cover all forms, it actually isn’t haiku. Many good poets don’t know what haiku is.

Below are some samples of the type of haiku that is being published in haiku publications:

pruning
the bonsai . . .
my knotty life
–Charlotte Digregorio
Frogpond, Vol. 34, No.1, 2011

from the prison watchtower
there is a very good view
of the moon too
–Johnny Baranski

(“Convicts Shoot The Breeze,” A Virgil Hutton Haiku Memorial Chapbook Contest Winner 2001, published by Saki Press, Normal, IL)

spring rain
the bicycle thief
tracks mud
–Mark Brooks
World Haiku Review I:1 (2001): Takashi’s Corner:“TOKUSEN” (Poems of Special Merit)

wildflowers
today’s news the same
as yesterday’s
— Melissa Allen
“The Heron’s Nest,” March 2011

a night intruder
the summer moon
flooding the bedroom
–John Han
“Confluence: A Haiku Collection,” 2009

If you’re near Chicago, and can possibly attend Haikufest, please send me your email address. I’ll give you the particulars. There will be lecture, discussion, workshops, a haiku contest, and exhibitions of haiku and haiga (Japanese art featuring ink painting and haiku).

Haikufest is free and open to the public. It is a great opportunity that only comes once a year. We’ll have speakers who are long-time haikuists, experienced in teaching the art of haiku.

Remember, haiku is poetry, not just a thought!

About Charlotte Digregorio

I publish books. I have marketed and/or published 55 titles. These books are sold in 46 countries to bookstores, libraries, universities, professional organizations, government agencies, and book clubs. In 2018, I was honored by the Governor of Illinois for my thirty-eight years of accomplishments in the literary arts, and my work to promote and advance the field by educating adults and students alike. I am the author of seven books including: Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All; Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Homes; You Can Be A Columnist; Beginners' Guide to Writing & Selling Quality Features; Your Original Personal Ad; and my latest, Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing. The first four books have been adopted as supplemental texts at universities throughout the U.S., Canada, India, Pakistan, and Catalonia. They are sold in 43 countries, and are displayed in major metropolitan cultural centers. These books have been reviewed, recommended, and praised by hundreds of critics, librarians, and professors worldwide. I am also the author of a poetry collection: "Shadows of Seasons: Selected Haiku and Senryu by Charlotte Digregorio." Two of my books have been Featured Selections of Writer's Digest Book Club. I am regularly interviewed by major print, radio, and television organizations throughout the U.S. I regularly sign books at libraries, chain bookstores, and university bookstores, and do poetry readings at art centers, cafes, tea houses, and galleries. I was recently nominated for two Pushcart Prizes in poetry. I have won fifty-nine poetry awards, writing fourteen poetic forms. My poetry has been translated into eight languages. I do illustrated solo poetry exhibits 365 days a year in libraries, galleries, corporate buildings, hospitals, convention centers, and other venues. My individual poems have been displayed at supermarkets, apparel and wine shops, banks, botanic gardens, restaurants, and on public transit. I have been nominated and listed in "The International Authors and Writers Who's Who" in Cambridge, England and in the "Who's Who In Writers, Editors & Poets U.S./Canada." I hosted my own radio program, "Poetry Beat," on public broadcasting. My poetry has been featured on several library web sites including those of Shreve Memorial Library in Louisiana and Cornell University's Mann Library. My background includes positions as a feature editor and columnist at daily newspapers and as a magazine editor. I have been a public relations director for a non-profit organization. I am self-employed as a public relations/marketing consultant, having served a total of 118 clients in 23 states for the past several decades . In other professional areas, I have been on university faculties, teaching French, Italian, and Writing. I regularly give lectures and workshops on publishing, journalism, publicity, poetry, and creativity to business and professional groups, and at writer's conferences, universities, literary festivals, non-profit organizations, and libraries. I have been a writer-in-residence at universities. There have been about 400 articles written about me in the media. I have served on the Boards of writers and publishers organizations. My positions have included Board Secretary of the Northwest Association of Book Publishers. I served for five years as Midwest Regional Coordinator of The Haiku Society of America, and for two years as its Second Vice President.
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7 Responses to Give Haiku a Try!

  1. snowbirdpress says:

    Dear Charlotte, Many thanks for these posts. They are so vital to us who are not able to attend the gatherings. In gratitude, Merrill

    • Merrill:
      Merrill:
      I wish you could come to speak at one of our programs. Your haiku has been an inspiration to everyone for many years. Looking forward to meeting you! I was all set to come to the Haiku North America conference in Rochester, and then the location changed yet again! Perhaps I would have had the chance to meet you.

      Until we meet . . .

      Gratefully,
      Charlotte

  2. snowbirdpress says:

    Hi, Charlotte, I’d love to meet you too… There are so many poets I’d love to meet and talk with and just soak up their wonderful singing voices… As for giving talks I’m afraid it’s way past my capacity due to impaired breathing…I only have 1/3 the lung capacity and just going to a conference is a bit more than I can manage unless it’s a short one day affair that I can just visit a few presentations. The blogs you guys put up make it possible for me to almost be there vicariously. I am so utterly grateful for all you do. It expands my life beyond anything I could ever hope for.
    In gratitude, Merrill

    • I’m sorry to hear about your health problems, Merrill. A good friend of mine has 50 percent lung capacity due to asthma, and she can’t fly on an airplane.
      I hope your breathing improves. Doctors don’t always know too much about breathing issues, depending on the cause. Would a naturopath help?

  3. snowbirdpress says:

    Hi, Charlotte, No, it’s not asthma… I have a spinal condition which required ten vertebae to be fused and they fused my ribs shut… So I’m not really sick…I just don’t have the lung capacity of normal people. Actually, my doctor thinks I’m “sickenly” well… he keeps trying to find something he can send me out on tests for… 🙂 I’d still love to visit sometime so I dream vicariously of being there…in my imagination when I visit the sites that post. Thanks again…. Merrill

  4. Hi Charlotte,
    Thanks for once again promoting my blog. 🙂 I really appreciate your support. Looking forward to Haikufest and dinner (did I RSVP for dinner? RSVPing now. 🙂 ).
    — Melissa

  5. Merrill Ann Gonzales says:

    Well, it looks like I’ll be at Haikufest via haiku… It was great that they opened up the Kukai for us to send our haiku in for the festival. At least it’s one way of going…..

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