Daily Haiku: May 1, 2016

blossoms . . .
the dog leap-curves
toward the frisbee
by Kala Ramesh
Frogpond, Vol. XXX, No. 2, 2007

 

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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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9 Responses to Daily Haiku: May 1, 2016

  1. kalaramesh says:

    Charlotte,,thanks a million for digging this ku out and ‘showcasing’ it here on your beautiful blog.
    Greatly indebted _/\_

  2. Peggy Bilbro says:

    Beautiful! I can see that dog leaping and turning. 👏👏

  3. niriwrites says:

    Dog-leap curves is such an unique image! Nobody used that before. WOW

  4. Joseph Kirschner says:

    this one loses me.

  5. Joe, it’s the season for blossoms and frisbees. The poet is experiencing quiet joy and reflection in looking at the blossoms, when the dog catches her attention. He’s enjoying the season with his activity– a sort of spring fever. I think everyone who has had a dog has seen the leap-curves, and the fun of kids and dogs playing together.

  6. kalaramesh says:

    Thanks, Charlotte, for the explanation.
    Joe, It’s not necessary to understand each haiku, but since we are discussing this ku, let me add my 5 paise worth!

    We all know the way a ‘frisbee’ works, it curves in the air.
    We also know how dogs are taught to ‘fetch’
    So, when the dog owner throws a frisbee and says fetch, the dog leaps, but needs to also take a curve to ‘catch’ the frisbee in its mouth. ‘leap-curve’

    L1 sets the scene, which is spring. The reader is led to believe that the dog leap-curves over the blossoms . . . No :))
    The dog is chasing the frisbee which is in the air. . . and suddenly the whole image of the park perhaps flashes in the reader’s mind.
    If it does, this is a successful ku.

    ^_^

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