Find Peace: Write Haiku and Senryu

Adobe Photoshop PDFI must admit, I am at least somewhat glad the holidays are over. I can get back to my old routine, now. But, because I’m starting a new year, I can start with a fresh perspective on my routine. I can also discover new things, too.

Haiku and senryu have become a part of my life. It is gratifying capturing my life’s moments through these two forms. I don’t plan on changing this activity. Reading and writing haiku and senryu can be gratifying for you, too,  whether or not you consider yourself a poet.

In this new year, determine where you’d like to go with your life, personally and  creatively, if the latter is your goal. Find peace by keeping problems in proportion. I wrote this senryu, (human nature haiku that is often humorous), years ago:

walking through the zoo . . .

i keep my problems

in proportion

It is one of the poems I include in the appendix of my new how-to guide, Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All.  Writing haiku and senryu are such a healing activity, as we capture the moments of our lives, whether happy or sad. Once we write down our moments, they aren’t so daunting to us after all. With haiku and senryu, I look at where I’ve been in life, often in a humorous light.

Here is another poem I’ve published:

pruning

the bonsai . . .

my knotty life

Find peace, by chuckling about where you are in life. Haiku and senryu allow you to do this.

Search for good haiku websites online. I’ve written posts on haiku and senryu on this site that will instruct you. Also, I can direct you to: speedbumpjournal.wordpress.com, which is a new and great haiku site. It contains poems and helpful essays. Incidentally, in its inaugural issue, published a few days ago, the editor reviewed my book!

If you find you are serious about haiku, join the Haiku Society of America, http://www.hsa-haiku.org. And, check out all the contests it offers, too. As the Second Vice President of the HSA, I am in charge of  coordinating the contests, and we offer many.

As usual, I will be giving many haiku presentations throughout the year. April is National Poetry Month, and I will be speaking at the Deerfield Public Library in Deerfield, Illinois on Saturday, April 11. On Tuesday, April 14, I will be presenting at The New Studio in Evanston, Illinois. Saturday, April 25, I will be speaking at the North Carolina Haiku Society’s Haiku Holiday Weekend in Chapel Hill. I simply can’t get enough of haiku. I live and breathe it! I’ve been promoting the genre for six years through my volunteer work as an officer of the HSA.

Whatever stage you are in your life, you can find meaning and purpose through reading and even writing haiku and senryu.

May you have a peaceful new year with insight and discovery, and may you always find the courage to pursue your life to the fullest.

Copyright 2015 by Charlotte Digregorio.

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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. I am also the author of five non-fiction books: 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; and Your Original Personal Ad. 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." 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 have signed books at libraries, chain bookstores, and university bookstores. I was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize in poetry. I have won thirty-three poetry awards. 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 am an internationally-published haiku, senryu, tanka, kyoka, haibun, free verse, acrostic, cinquain, etheree, and sestina poet. My poetry has been translated into six languages, and I have done poetry readings at a variety of bookstores, libraries, art centers, cafes, tea houses, and galleries. My poetry has been displayed at supermarkets, art galleries, libraries, apparel and wine shops, banks, botanic gardens, restaurants, and on public transit. I've been interviewed on cable television about my poetry. I also 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 was also self-employed as a communications/public relations/marketing consultant with 111 clients in 16 states. In other professional areas, I have been on university faculties, teaching French, Italian, and Writing. I regularly give special lectures and workshops on publishing, journalism, publicity, poetry, and creativity to business and professional groups, and to those at writer's conferences, universities, literary festivals, non-profit organizations, and to 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. Currently, I am Second Vice President of the Haiku Society.
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4 Responses to Find Peace: Write Haiku and Senryu

  1. Haiku and other forms of poetry can be refreshing diversion for the non pro poet. A sort of meditation in word crafting. It is for me as when I do a poem I use syllabic count where each line has the same number of syllables. It take some work arranging, rearranging and finding the right words to fit as well as being the right words for concept you are expressing with rhyme as well.

  2. You are right, Carl. Many people who consider themselves non-poets get interested in haiku and get hooked on it when they start reading it. I need structure, too, when I write, and I find that my best poetry is not free verse, but the traditional forms.

  3. sandrabranum says:

    Reblogged this on SandraBranum's Blog and commented:
    Need help writing haikus?

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