Sometimes when we publish a haiku or senryu in a journal, a reader will write to us and say, “I understand the sentiment in that poem and I understand the image.” As writers, that is a great validation to receive. We then realize that we are not alone in our thoughts and feelings, and that we are normal, sharing in the human condition.
I’d like to include another great review of my book, Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All. I am grateful to Barbara Snow and to cattails for having reviewed it. And, by the way, cattails is a wonderful online journal for lovers of haiku and senryu and other Japanese forms. It is the publication of the United Haiku and Tanka Society, and it is free to join the organization online.
A basic guide that beginning, intermediate, and even successful, published haiku and senryu poets will find useful. What distinguishes this guide is its careful, thorough, and encouraging assistance to educators. A widely-known haiku poet, experienced teacher, and leader of workshops, Digregorio includes lesson/homework plans for teaching at a wide range of educational levels. The author digs right in with the “how-to.” Multiple examples of haiku and senryu with analysis and personal comments on these poetic forms from published poets are provided. Thank you, Charlotte Digregorio, for making it easier for many poets to enter the engaging community of haiku and senryu.
Barbara Snow, Book Reviewer, cattails
As haiku and senryu poets, we are fortunate to have access to great haiku resources online that are free to us. If you have read my previous posts, you are aware of other online journals and organizations that provide us with haiku and senryu, without us having to spend money to access beautiful poems.
And, please don’t miss a day of The Daily Haiku on this blog. I am also grateful for any and all comments that readers and followers make.
Haikuists are most often gentle souls who experience both the beauty and sadness around them. Walk thoughtfully through life with us.
Peace and best wishes in all your creative endeavors,
Copyright 2015 by Charlotte Digregorio.