What is your One Word to Describe Haiku?

Dear Readers and Followers:

Obviously, there are many words to describe haiku. But if you had to choose one, what would it be? What is the first word that comes to your mind?

I will eventually compile a  list of words from the responses I get (with your name) and post it.

Please respond here. Thanks for your participation!



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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108 Responses to What is your One Word to Describe Haiku?

  1. One Word Books

    aloha Charlotte. if my response is inappropriate, i apologies. i woke at 5:33 AM. fed the cat. swallowed some water. found the house in 50° temperatures a little chilly (okay, it’s winter in Hawai’i and no heat in the house and this has been a cold night). so the tip of my nose is cold. my mind still likes the challenge, although one word is not sufficient and i’ve treated your request as a top-ten book list with hyphenation being acceptable. these are the top-ten one-word books that immediately have come to mind. otherwise it may easily take days if not months and years to sort though dictionaries to find one word. fun challenges are often like that. just like haiku.

    0- brilliant
    1- life-endearing
    2- life-altering
    3- life-long
    4- jigsaw-challenging
    5- evolutionary
    6- mindful-meditation
    7- evolutionary-poetics
    8- thought-channeling
    9- revelationary

    okay the last word may not be a word, however in this case it should be. aloha. rick

    p.s. yes I’m still writing and creating. i have been all along. I’m just not posting as much. those are the choices i make until this season of time-challenge is past tense. which will happen in another week or three yet. still, i haiku—priorities.

    deep winter
    the cat being fed
    i sleep

  2. oh. i forgot:

    10- alchemy

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  5. Joseph Kirschner says:

    Insight! Joseph Kirschner

  6. shrikaanth says:

    Perspection (my coinage, hopefully goes beyond perspective, through its root words)

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    Carole MacRury

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  13. Marietta McGregor says:

    It occurs to me my response is a little too ambiguous, as it could be interpreted to mean, ‘lacking in substance’, which I don’t mean. May I change it to:


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  24. Eufemia says:

    Contemplative, essential, it tells of our soul …

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  26. janbentexas says:

    Chiming in late. Computer has been down. Apologies

  27. angiolainglese says:

    moment, here and now

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