Daily Haiku: Alan Summers’ Week

Dear Followers and Readers:

Today is the last day of Alan Summers’ Week. We hope you have learned a lot about haiku and senryu from reading Alan’s work. If you missed his other haiku, please look through the archives.

And, thank you to those of you who have taken the time to comment on Alan’s work and on all the other posts, too. Thoughtful comments!

If you haven’t written any haiku or senryu, try to do so. It is a very rewarding activity when you become good at it.


Charlotte Digregorio

secret garden
a clue to everything
lies with the crows

by Alan Summers
Mainichi Shimbun, Japan, July 2016


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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7 Responses to Daily Haiku: Alan Summers’ Week

  1. Susan Beth Furst says:

    Yes! I find Alan’s haiku haunting and evocative(in a good way)☺Thank you Charlotte for ever being the encourager. And for your dedication in bringing haiku to the people.

  2. haikutec says:

    Reblogged this on Haikutec’s Weblog and commented:
    Secret gardens, children’s literature, crows and clues…

  3. Paul Beech says:

    Easy though they might look to write, haiku and senryu actually require much study and practice to do well. Application brings huge benefits though, not only in the quality of our work in these forms but also in sharpening up our other writings too.

    Alan Summers is a master of haiku and senryu with a very engaging style and reading his work showcased here has been most enjoyable and rewarding.

    His final haiku of the week reminds me of a secret garden I’ve recently discovered and I know exactly what he means about the crows!

    My very best,


    • haikutec says:

      Thank you Paul!

      Yes, deep immersion into any pursuit pays dividends. I have a close affinity with crows, and one saved my life once.

      I’ve written a haibun about another crow member, that of the raven, after poet Ted Hughes, and artist Kurt Jackson. It appears in the next issue of The British Haiku Society’s journal Blithe Spirit.

      Ah yes, secret gardens of real and literary life, crows forever, for they are in an exclusive group of caretakers of the world. 🙂

      warm regards,


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