Daily Haiku: May 9 through the 15th


Since I am out of town on business this week, today I am running the work of Haiku Masters Karen Hoy and Alan Summers from the U.K. for the entire week.

Please enjoy their haiku, and follow Alan’s blog, too, as listed below.


crowded carriage
the breeze around
a lone ragwort


by Karen Hoy

A Vast Sky: An Anthology of Contemporary World Haiku

Tancho Press, 2015


the business woman collects
her floral dress

by Karen Hoy

Blithe Spirit
,Vol. 20, No. 3, 2010


train station
the heat of the platform
in my blood

by Alan Summers
NHK World TV feature:

Europe meets Japan, Alan‘s Haiku Journey, September 2015

train to catch
shaving just a leg patch
for ripped jeans


by Karen Hoy
Another Country: Haiku Poetry from Wales

Gomer Press 2011


in the cool of the ladies
four identical faces –
twins check their make-up

by Karen Hoy

Blithe Spirit, Vol. 12, No. 3, September 2002



long dry season–
the last flower
a baboon snack


n.b.     The long dry season runs through June into October.

by Karen Hoy

The Haiku Calendar
2005,  August


sunlit brick

each house passes

along the train


by Alan Summers

Frozen Butterfly, Issue 3, October 2015

Karen Hoy
In 2006, Karen founded TV development company Gilded Lily, having previously worked on documentaries and wildlife films for the BBC, National Geographic, the Discovery Channels, and other leading broadcasters. She is the Course Director of With Words and a tutor in her own right.


Alan Summers
Alan Summers is a Japan Times award-winning writer and Pushcart Prize nominated poet, featured in Europe meets Japan – Alan’s Haiku Journey by NHK World TV of Japan.  He runs With Words which organizes literature and education projects, along with online courses often based around haiku. Alan has been published in more than one hundred haiku anthologies in fourteen countries including, Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years (W. W. Norton 2013). His forthcoming book, Writing Poetry: The Haiku Way, will be published in September 2016.

Alan blogs at Area 17: http://area17.blogspot.com

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 recently received an Official Commendation from Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner 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 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 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 a Pushcart Prize in poetry. I have won forty-seven poetry awards, writing twelve 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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11 Responses to Daily Haiku: May 9 through the 15th

  1. haikutec says:

    Reblogged this on Haikutec’s Weblog and commented:
    Haiku by Karen Hoy and Alan Summers of With Words.

  2. haikutec says:

    For those of you not so familiar with Karen Hoy, my wife was a respected Welsh haiku poet and respected by Martin Lucas, Sean O’Connor, and Brian Tasker just to mention a few prominent haiku magazine editors.

    Karen Hoy has been published in A Vast Sky, An Anthology of Contemporary World Haiku (Tancho Press 2015) ed. Bruce Ross; Koko Kato; Dietmar Tauchner; and Patricia Prime; The Humours of Haiku, ed. David Cobb (Iron Press, 2012); and showcasing Welsh haiku pioneers in Another Country: Haiku Poetry from Wales (Gomer Press 2011) edited by Nigel Jen­kins, Ken Jones and Lynne Rees: http://www.gomer.co.uk/index.php/another-country-haiku-poetry-from-wales.html

  3. haikutec says:

    Thank you so much for featuring myself and Karen Hoy!

  4. Lovely to see Alan and Karen’s work together! 🙂


  5. Mary Kendall says:

    Both excellent poets. I love seeing their work together like this.

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