I’d like to thank everyone who has written nice comments to me about my book, Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All. And, I’d like to thank reviewers and editors for their wonderful reviews!
Whenever authors publish how-to writing guides, they do so because they feel there is a need for their books in the marketplace and that they have a new angle on a subject that will allow others to understand and write that particular genre.
I wanted to take the subject of haiku and senryu, the latter, in the haiku form, but with a focus on human nature, and make them accessible to everyone. It is my hope that people will catch on to the beauty and rewards of writing this kind of poetry.
In writing my book, I wanted to dispel the myths about haiku and senryu. I also wanted to include information for teachers at all levels about haiku and senryu so that they could understand it well enough to teach it and profit from the lesson plans I include in one chapter of the guide.
I am happy that reviewers find my book is useful and that it fulfills my mission. I’ve included a sampling of the great reviews below:
An altogether brilliant work that must be read by anyone with so much as a passing interest in haiku. Charlotte Digregorio has penned a masterpiece! She has written the definitive guide to one of poetry’s most fascinating genres. This work belongs on the bookshelf of any poet who is serious about writing the kind of haiku that editors want to publish.
—John J. Dunphy, Author and Poet, Touching Each Tree (his latest book)
This book is overall the best one out there on the subject. The amount of information is extraordinary and exceeds that found in any other book. In particular, the commentaries on selected poems are very good, intelligent, and sensitive, and really place keys into the hands of readers for unlocking the mysteries and joys of haiku literature–from its roots in Japan to its present robust evolution in English and other languages.
—Michael McClintock, Award-Winning Author/Editor of Haiku & Tanka Books
Former President of The Tanka Society of America
If a book about haiku inspires the reader to create haiku, then Charlotte Digregorio’s Haiku and Senryu guide has done its job bountifully. Digregorio calls this “A Simple Guide for All” and she isn’t kidding. Her basic instruction simplifies the process of writing haiku without sacrificing the beauty and the pleasure that are essential. The examples of well-known haikuists shimmer with perfection! If you are interested in pursuing this lovely, subtle art form, THIS is the guide you need. Fantastic guide! I can’t believe how much I learned.
–Robin Stratton, Editor, Boston Literary Magazine
A strong overview of haiku. A wealth of material on how to introduce and teach haiku to children, college students, and interested adults. For busy teachers the material will make it easier to provide guidance to their students. Any teacher would be thrilled for the helpful guidance, examples, and tools for presenting the form to the next generation. The pain and work involved in creating one’s own lesson plans is gone with the author’s well-honed presentations. The bibliography also contains a wealth of material. Buy a copy for teachers, students, or interested poets and just tell them to read it. This volume will not steer them wrong, and gives any reader something with meat to hang their hat on while they discover or further explore haiku. It will remain on my shelf.
—Mike Rehling, Book Reviewer
United Haiku and Tanka Society
An energetic and comprehensive guide by a prolific writer and educator with insightful perspectives and a generous sampling of published haiku and senryu. This practical guide is delivered in a relaxed, conversational tone so that the lessons and examples are informative and easily accessible. Extensive appendices and bibliography.
—Frogpond, Journal of the Haiku Society of America
This book will hook the beginning reader and leave them wanting more. The book demystifies the genre. It offers haiku that are accessible and doable. The “Getting Published” section offers some good tips on submitting to and building a relationship with editors. The large reference section with bibliography of educational books, anthologies, collections, journals, and websites will be of great value to beginning reader.
Paul Miller, Editor of Modern Haiku journal
I honor the work Charlotte Digregorio has done on behalf of English-language haiku in Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All. She has a gift for writing clearly, concentrating on what matters beyond passing controversy. As for her own fresh and gritty poems, Digregorio has the courage to face the truth of love, loss, aging, homelessness, birth/death and the upside down nature of life—the full catastrophe. Expect to be challenged and invigorated.
–Dr. Robert Epstein, Psychologist
Author, Checkout Time is Noon: Death Awareness Haiku
Marvelous book! Marvelous insight. I truly enjoyed this book, being wonderfully surprised by the new information I didn’t know. The chapter on teaching haiku was especially great, since I’ve taught it, but by a different method. And, Charlotte Digregorio’s haiku often evoke a chuckle of wry recognition or stop you dead in your tracks from awe. She seems well acquainted with the quotidian’s variety of her days, from homeless folk, to nature’s evocation and to loss and sorrow.
—Donna Bauerly, Professor Emeritus, Loras College
A couple of the many sterling qualities of Charlotte Digregorio’s haiku include perceptive observance of natural phenomena and penetrating insights into human nature, frequently with a delightful, wry humor in the latter category, along with deep compassion in others.
—Robert Spiess, Editor of Modern Haiku, 1978-2002
I highly recommend Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All. Comprehensive!
–Denis Garrison, Author, Fire Blossoms: The Birth of Haiku Noir
Editor, Modern English Tanka Press
A great beginner’s guide that presents/explains the spirit and essence of haiku.
—Mike Montreuil, Haiku and Tanka Publisher, Editions des petits nuages
First Vice President, Haiku Society of America
Anyone can benefit from this book’s simple, clear advice. Digregorio offers time-tested, yet fresh and flexible pedagogy–actual lesson plans for those who wish to teach haiku. Intermediate and advanced practitioners will benefit from reminders of simple concepts long forgotten or never learned. We are given new ways to think about the poetry we read.
–Speed Bump Journal