Haikuists Abound With Brilliant Thoughts

I thought I’d gotten pretty much off this topic, but haikuists keep posting such brilliantly-relevant thoughts, that I feel compelled to keep sharing them. You can check out the Haiku Society of America’s Facebook page to read more.

As Don Baird tells us, we must observe things around us, so that we see haiku around us. Jim Sullivan hits upon the fact that haikuists go about their lives in a humble way with compassion for those around them.

As Linda Papanicolaou reminds us, haiku is not me-centered. Haiku is something that, when written well, everyone perceives as a universal thought. And, Alison Williams reminds us that we must feel haiku, not so much intellectualize it.

Please read their thoughts and more below:

I write haiku to grow into a wiser man, to learn humility and patience, and to relish every day.
–Jim Sullivan

I write haiku because they’re there.
–Don Baird

I write haiku to get out of me-me-me mode.
–Linda Papanicolaou

I write haiku because I need the discipline haiku demand.
–Tom Dougherty

I have a terrible time trying to write haiku… the ones that come to me, clear as a bell in an instant of understanding, are the only ones that ever have any resonance. It’s usually when I’ve been forced out of my usual routine and into a period of reflection that they come.
–Merrill Gonzales

For me it’s a way of earthing or grounding myself. If I’m not careful, I live too much in my head. I need to return to haiku like you return to the breath.
–Alison Williams

To write haiku, one has to live haiku – period.
–John Potts

I am a student, not yet a haikuist. It’s good for me to learn to be brief and precise. To find the most powerful word, not the most words.
–Susan Reinhard

I can’t answer why I write haiku, because I don’t know if I do. Though haiku do come to me, when I have the mindfulness to stop and recognize a wonderful fact. I simply remain aware. It’s as if my pencil writes something for me. I see a little further along the trail when I go beachcombing in my notebooks.
–Gary Gach

If those of you who read these thoughts aren’t yet convinced to start writing some haiku, I don’t know what will convince you. Haiku is simply beautiful. At least read it, if you don’t feel quite ready to write it.

Copyright 2011 by Charlotte Digregorio.

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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6 Responses to Haikuists Abound With Brilliant Thoughts

  1. snowbirdpress says:

    I have to thank Gary Gach for finding the words to express what happens. His words are even better than mine.

    finding the word
    for lightning

    Thanks Charlotte…

  2. snowbirdpress says:

    Hi, Charlotte, That’s the thing about haiku…it’s what can not be put into words! But every once in awhile a few words come together (and often they don’t even make any sense) but they convey the event … and that’s the thing that’s really awe inspiring.

  3. Terri French says:

    I don’t recall who said “I write haiku because they are there.” Well put! But they do play hide-and-seek at times. You must flip over that rock, turn over that leaf, squint through the mist. . .but, oh yes, they are there!

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