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 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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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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