The Daily Haiku: Feb. 21, 2016

in her house

the fragrance

of walked-home flowers

by Lin Geary

The Touch of a Moth, 2012

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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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4 Responses to The Daily Haiku: Feb. 21, 2016

  1. haikutec says:

    Wow!

    in her house
    the fragrance
    of walked-home flowers

    Lin Geary
    The Touch of a Moth, 2012

    I am often wary of haiku that start with a preposition, but never with haiku that are close to one sentence constructions if they contain tension and resonance.

    I’m also not often a fan of haiku attempting the last line surprise technique, but this one succeeds in all ways.

    This is really an incredible haiku and I cannot thank you enough Charlotte as I don’t know this one.

    A house full of walked-home flowers is a fantastic image, literally exploding in my head and filling it with multiple storylines.

    warmest regards,

    Alan

    • Interesting perspective, Alan! I never thought of your comments myself. The poem attracted me right away, since my mother did this daily. I used to call her “The Flower Thief.” She’d even carry a pair of scissors with her. Rest in peace, Maria.

      • haikutec says:

        Amazing, The Flower Thief! And a pair of scissors always at hand even if going down to the shops!

        Yes, it was the phrase “walked-home flowers” that blew me away, it just feels so packed with emotions, happy ones, poignant ones, and so many different flowers through the seasons, and memories.

        warm regards,

        Alan

  2. Yes, Alan, it is memorable. It’s also the image of one making the leisure time “to stop and smell the flowers.” Many people live in climates where there aren’t many days of sunshine and good weather to be out walking. We must seize the day, as years pass all too quickly. Beauty is there, but we often don’t notice it.

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