Senryu Week: It’s All About Our Life’s Experiences

Attention Followers and Readers:

 January 18 through the 24th is Senryu Week here on The Daily Haiku. Senryu, pronounced by Americans as “sen-ree-YOO,” with the accent on the third syllable, is in the haiku form, but focuses on human nature or human weaknesses. Or, it can bring out the ironies in life, and is often humorous. The Japanese pronounce it more like “send-ROO.”

Senryu is just as artful and imagistic as haiku, if it is written well. And, like haiku, it is subtle in spirit. It is never crude or insulting. I hope you enjoy the thoughtfulness and delight of senryu, and that you learn to write it well.

I have included many other senryu posts on The Daily Haiku through the years. Please read them, if you find yourself interested in the form.

We start off our Senryu Week with Iowan Bill Pauly’s poem below. He is a master at haiku and senryu.


after the dentist

prying open

the oyster


by Bill Pauly

 Haiku Poets of Northern California, San Francisco International Contest, 2007

Copyright 2016 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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2 Responses to Senryu Week: It’s All About Our Life’s Experiences

  1. An excellent senryu, Charlotte 🙂

    Have you ever come across the work of Al Fogel? I enjoy his senryu a lot.


  2. Thanks, Marion. I enjoyed Bill’s senryu, too. No, I can’t say that I’ve read Al Fogel’s work. I will google him. Thanks for letting me know.

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