Haiku and Senryu Are Ancient, but Hip!

With  about 116,000 hits and a few hundred followers, I will keep spreading the word about haiku and senryu on my blog. It’s been a year since I started The Daily Haiku, and I have featured hundreds of haiku and senryu poets from many countries who write in the English language.

Most, of all, I hope that newcomers to the blog are learning how to write haiku and senryu without just guessing at how they should be written.

Today, The Daily Haiku features Canadian poet Marco Fraticelli who has been writing haiku for at least thirty years. He is adept at it.

Haiku, nature poems, originated in Japan in the 1600s, and senryu originated there in the 1700s. Senryu is haiku’s twin, written in the same form, but its focus is human nature and it is often humorous.

Haiku and senryu are hip because they are a reflection of the times, language, beliefs and culture they are written in. Today, they are written in dozens of languages throughout the world, and those of us who read them in our own culture, if they are written well, nod in appreciation and understanding of how the poet is feeling who writes them. The imagery that corresponds to the poet’s tone and mood is real.

Those who have read my numerous posts on the basics of haiku and senryu,  my interviews with haiku and senryu poets, and who follow The Daily Haiku, have hopefully gotten a sense of how they are not only thoughtful, but are poetic forms with clear imagery and literary devices.

In English language haiku, you rarely see the five syllables in the first line, seven syllables in the second line, and five syllables in the third line, as you were likely taught in grade school. Haiku and senryu are usually written in one to four lines and have seventeen or less syllables. In The Daily Haiku, I have run mostly three-line haiku, but many one-liners, too.

There is something for everyone to appreciate in well-written haiku, whether or not they have encountered the moment and experience that is being written about. Remember that haiku capture the moments of our lives, and if they are written well, most people will have a sense of the moment that the poet is writing about.

For those experienced haikuists, I hope you will spread the word by giving haiku workshops and readings where you live. We often run into enthusiastic members of the audience who get hooked on haiku and senryu and want to investigate it. We can never have enough followers! And, remember to enter haiku contests too!

Check out the Haiku Society of America’s website, http://www.hsa-haiku.org, to learn about contests that are open to members and non-members alike.

And, for those of you living near Chicago, come to see my haiku exhibit at the Chicago Public Library, 400 S. State St., in April, and attend my fun presentation/workshop at Poetry Fest, Saturday, April 30, at the Library from 3 to 4:30 p.m. The Fest is free and my workshop will be well-attended. I will be signing my book, Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All.

Please stop in and say hello!


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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. In 2018, I was honored by the Governor of Illinois 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 seven books including: 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; Your Original Personal Ad; and my latest, Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing. 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 by Charlotte Digregorio." 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 two Pushcart Prizes in poetry. I have won fifty-nine poetry awards, writing fourteen 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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2 Responses to Haiku and Senryu Are Ancient, but Hip!

  1. Paul Beech says:

    Hi Charlotte,

    It was ‘The Art of Haiku 2000’ edited by Gerald England (New Hope International) that first gave me some idea of how haiku should be written. Now Alan Summers’ ‘Haikutec’s Weblog’ and your ‘Daily Haiku’ have drawn me deeper still into this endlessly fascinating and rewarding genre. I love haiku in their own right but find that working in this form benefits my writing as a whole, poetry and prose, giving a finer focus, sharpening my style and enabling me to achieve a higher level of concision.

    With appreciation and very best wishes,


    • Thanks for the comment, Paul. I always tell poets who take my workshops that if they learn to write haiku effectively, the writing they do in other genres will improve. My only hope is that people learn to write haiku and senryu with skill, without trying to pass random thoughts off as haiku and senryu. Many people don’t realize that they are poetry. Haiku poets must keep chipping away, educating others.

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