Daily Haiku, Nov. 23, 2015

ground zero into the new friend’s story

by Alan Summers

in fear of dancing: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku



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 recently received an Official Commendation from Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner 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 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 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 a Pushcart Prize in poetry. I have won forty-seven poetry awards, writing twelve 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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8 Responses to Daily Haiku, Nov. 23, 2015

  1. haikutec says:

    Reblogged this on Haikutec’s Weblog and commented:
    I’m delighted that this haiku has been embraced by so many individuals as well as highly respected publications:

    Magazine credit:
    Masks 4 (Roadrunner 12.3 – December 2012)

    Anthology Credits:

    in fear of dancing:
    The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2013 http://www.redmoonpress.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=182

    Haiku 2014 ed. Scott Metz & Lee Gurga
    (Modern Haiku Press, 2014) http://www.modernhaiku.org/mhbooks/Haiku2014.html

    • It’s masterful, Alan! Thanks for letting me reprint it.

      • haikutec says:

        Thanks Charlotte, and it’s a great feeling to have a poem picked up more than once. The 911 tragedy effected an incredible number of people both in New York/Manhattan, and around the world.

        My heart goes out to every single person caught up in conflicts around the world. Maybe one day we will ‘notice’ peace is not such a bad thing?

        I am truly thankful that you selected my humble tribute, based on a real experience, from a friend and poet, and editor working at the New York Quarterly at the time.

        warm regards,


  2. The double-reading of ‘ground zero’ and ‘zero into’ is effective in Alan’s haiku. A fine tribute.


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