Daily Haiku: Oct. 12, 2016


juniper the tether end of larksong



by Alan Summers

Lake District, Cumbria, England, U.K. September 2015

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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13 Responses to Daily Haiku: Oct. 12, 2016

  1. Peggy Bilbro says:

    Lovely, Alan! The words stretch the image out in my mind.

  2. haikutec says:

    Reblogged this on Haikutec’s Weblog and commented:
    The land of the Romantic Poets and birdsong, Amazons and Swallows, lakes and mountains.

  3. Paul Beech says:

    Stunning image, brilliant haiku.

    • haikutec says:

      Thank you!

      I have only been to the Lake District in Cumbria once, despite being a poet! It was one of my father in law’s favourite British locales as he was a climber, both mountains and hills, and also a rambler.

      We plan to go there again to pay respects and absorb more of that wonderful patch of God.

      warm regards,


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  5. Mary Kendall says:

    I have been to the Lake District only once and that was quite long ago. You’ve captured the magic and beautiful so exquisitely, Alan.

    • haikutec says:

      Thanks Mary!

      Shockingly I have only been there once too! It’s the famed land of the Romantic poets, and so much more. Thankfully as Karen and her brother climbed many of the places there, I got to go too. Karen can’t climb too much now, but there is enough to take in below too.

      We plan to go at least twice next year: To honour my late father-in-law who yomped everywhere, and also to check out the lower level Wind Windermere.

      Hope you get to watch the latest Swallows and Amazons based in the Lake District:

      kind regards,


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