Appreciating The Daily Haiku

Dear Readers,

Haiku and senryu, (the latter about human nature in haiku form), mean peace, love, hope, happiness, reconciliation, contentment, spirituality, and a host of other things to people around the world. All haiku and senryu that you read on The Daily Haiku have been previously published, either in journals, anthologies, or in books authored by the poets. This is because great haiku deserve second, third, and “forever” readings. A great haiku that you read anywhere can stick with you for a lifetime.

We learn from reading great haiku and senryu, two very misunderstood forms. They aren’t just “thoughtful” pieces. There is a style and form to haiku and senryu that must be mastered. I hope The Daily Haiku gets readers thinking about whether their own haiku and senryu really represent the art of the two forms.

Many artists who read The Daily Haiku who have never written poetry get hooked on haiku, and go on to create haiga, that is haiku and art combined. Haiga can involve any medium, be it painting or photography or whatever art one does.

Haiku and senryu are simply written, but very skillful on many levels. Most of all, haiku and senryu, when written well, represent poetry at its finest. If you read any definition of poetry by a famous poet, you’ll see that haiku and senryu fulfill the criteria of poetry in every way.

Please enjoy The Daily Haiku. And, if you are already writing haiku and senryu, I commend you for your efforts and hope you continue with your goal to master the two forms.

Best Wishes,

Charlotte Digregorio, Author of Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All

Copyright 2015 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. 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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6 Responses to Appreciating The Daily Haiku

  1. I do, do, do indeed enjoy my (your) Daily Haiku. Sometimes I save the ones that really reach me (along with the author’s credit). And they certainly help shape the part of me that writes haiku. Thank you Charlotte, please continue forever. BTW I am a member and Committee member of The British Haiku Society. Check out our site or Facebook page if you haven’t already.

  2. haikutec says:

    Susan is cool too! We’ve met a few times, and had great fun at the British Haiku Society Summer Residence.

    I was actually General Secretary of the British Haiku Society (1998-2000) and a great time that was as the society started to enter the 21st Century.

    Yes, the Fall is upon us, and the leaves are asking us to remember them in haiku, and other things that they whisper coming back to earth. 🙂

    warm regards,


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