Daily Haiku: May 4, 2016

the oars at rest
where I am
becomes clear
by Dan Schwerin, Author of Ors

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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 Daily Haiku: May 4, 2016

  1. haikutec says:

    Winner of The Touchstone Distinguished Books Award 2015
    http://www.thehaikufoundation.org/touchstone-awards-for-2015-3/

    Comments from the judging Panel:

    “ORS may be Dan Schwerin’s first full-length haiku collection, but this book has been underway for many years. The poems celebrate not only the physical place of Waukesha, Wisconsin but also the emotional/relational locus of his vocation as a Methodist minister. Faith is a starting point not an end-point. ORS chronicles the liveliness of the intersection of rough and smooth, sacred and profane.

    communion
    they let the fly
    go first

    baptism pond
    not letting thistle
    make it small

    Schwerin’s wry sense of humor comes through as well.

    a casino table bolted to the floor Lenten evening

    All Saint’s Day
    he’s back in church
    with six strong men

    sitting down to pray the river a stone can hold

    The quote by John McGahern in the Preface sums up the book’s thesis nicely:
    “The writer’s business is to pull the image that moves us out of darkness.”

    This authentic search without a preformed agenda allows epiphanies of the moment to shine.

    the woman pledged to me as a girl in a labyrinth

    the oars at rest
    where I am
    becomes clear

    This haiku:

    his best lure
    passed to me
    this floating world
    — Dan Schwerin, Modern Haiku 46.2

    was also shortlisted for The Touchstone Awards for Individual Poems 2015 (same weblink).

  2. Paul Beech says:

    True in more ways than one. Brilliant.

  3. Dan is truly a great haikuist.

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