Out of all published writers, perhaps poets get among the least publicity. Many of the poets I’m familiar with tend to hide in the shadows. In a small way, perhaps, I like to give poets publicity through The Daily Haiku. After I run their haiku or senryu, (the latter written in haiku form, focusing on human nature), I often reference the poet’s books or website, so readers can follow up and read more of their work.
Whenever I receive poetry journals in the mail, I often go first to the index and search for the names of my favorite poets. I read their poems and mark them so that I will reread them in the future.
If you can, make a point of trying to remember poets’ names, if you like what they write. With The Daily Haiku, I try to run more than one poem written by selected poets, so readers may get used to recognizing their work and style. If you like a particular poet’s work, hopefully, you’ll begin to learn from that poet.
There are always going to be people who write ill-conceived pieces that they call poetry while watching television or doodling to amuse themselves. But, most poets have a sincere interest in reading a lot of good poetry and learning the art to better their own writing. They deserve attention, and we can fill our souls with their poems, striving to be better poets ourselves.
As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, poets need visibility and appreciate recognition when they’ve worked hard on a poem. We appreciate “likes” and comments, and if you can tell your creative-writer friends and artistic contacts about poems you find on this and other sites, you may just hook them on poetry, too.
On a grateful note, I just found another review of my latest book, Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All. It is written by Lin Geary of Haiku Canada Review. Many thanks to fellow haikuist Lin whom I’d like to meet before long! Please read below:
Charlotte Digregorio, a best-selling writer, has produced a compendious volume offering straightforward training for beginning haiku/senryu writers and for their classroom teachers. With an enviable talent for detailed research and an unbounded set of organizational skills, Digregorio can lay claim to offering anybody enough know-how not only to write competent Japanese short verse in English, but also to see their results published. . . Offers sequenced lesson plans, exhaustive bibliography, useful index, and hundreds of haiku examples by some of North America’s best writers. Recommended especially for language teachers and for anyone who wonders about how to write a great how-to book.
Thank you for reading The Daily Haiku and the haiku and senryu of your fellow poets. Happy Holidays, and maybe you’ll be inspired to write poems about the holiday season! Remember that there’s often a poem in everything around you.
Copyright 2015 by Charlotte Digregorio.