Christmas Week with Haiku by Alan Summers

Dear Readers and Followers,

I hope it’s been a good 2015 for you. If not, remember to be hopeful for a better 2016. Don’t ever allow anyone to take away your hope, no matter what situation you find yourself in. Find hope and peace in haiku.

All this week through Sunday, Dec. 27, I am running the poems of Master Haiku Poet Alan Summers of the U.K. It is beautiful and inspiring.

Please read each of his haiku daily, and visit his website,, for more inspiration.

Below, is today’s haiku.

Best wishes and most of all, peace.

Charlotte Digregorio

Oxford Street
the sweet chestnut vendor’s
blackened fingers
 by Alan Summers

Snapshot Press Calendar, 2011
Award: Runner up, Snapshot Press Haiku Calendar, 2010




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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18 Responses to Christmas Week with Haiku by Alan Summers

  1. haikutec says:

    Reblogged this on Haikutec’s Weblog and commented:
    Wishing everyone a Christmas haiku holiday!

  2. haikutec says:

    Charlotte, you can edit my comment so just one or two images show. 🙂

  3. Joseph Kirschner says:

    The vendors are sweet?

  4. Don Baird says:

    Wonderfull idea! Thanks for sharing Alan’s poetry in this way.

    Peace ….

  5. Marie Shimane says:

    walking down Fifth
    to find the chestnut vendor
    to go back in time

  6. haikutec says:

    HI Marie! 🙂

    I love the specificity of walking down Fifth which reminds me of this film:

    I’ve seen just about every Christmas movie over the decades, and watch them from July onwards. 🙂


    walking down Fifth
    to find the chestnut vendor
    to go back in time

    Could you give a prose account of you as a child, and traditional vendors at Christmas like the sweet chestnut ones?

    warm regards,


  7. chief276 says:

    Lovely work by Alan.

    Bill K

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