Your Words to Describe Haiku

Readers and Followers:

Below are the responses given by you to my inquiry about the first word that comes to your mind in thinking about haiku.

I received more than fifty-four responses. Some of you submitted ones that were already mentioned by others, so I am not repeating them for readers. But, we will have other posts where you can be included.

I was surprised that no one mentioned words like wisdom, heartfelt or thoughtful.

Thank you all for participating. Hopefully, in writing haiku, you will remember some of these elements of it.


  • K. Mannix– evocative
  • Alan Summers–mutable
  • Alison M. Williams–essence
  • Rick Daddario–evolutionary
  • Rachel Sutcliffe–focus
  • Maria Laura Valente–introspective
  • Joe Kirschner–insight
  • Pasquale Asprea–imagination
  • kjmunro–home
  • Maureen Sudlow–succinct
  • Barb Germiat–condensed
  • Terri L. French–contemplative
  • Elisa Allo–intimate
  • Shrikaanth K. Murthy–“perspection”– a word he coined
  • William Shehan–natural
  • Nancy Rapp–moment
  • Tricia Knoll–imagistic
  • Eva Limbach–awareness
  • Amy Losak–flow
  • mafa–freshness
  • Carole MacRury–epiphany
  • Marietta McGregor–light
  • Kerstin Park–sharing
  • Olivier Schopfer–everyday
  • Mary Sayler–vibrant
  • Tim Gardiner–illumination
  • Terri Loncaric–elegant
  • Curtis Dunlap–breathing
  • Michele L. Harvey– Aha!
  • Madhuri–observation
  • Tom Sacramona– window
  • Michael Nickels-Wisdom–Gestalt
  • elorayne–purposeful
  • Susan Furst–truth
  • Mikels Skele-short
  • David L. Young–reflection
  • Susan Burch–moment
  • Toni Manning–meditative
  • Steve Hodge–connection
  • Jazz Manchanda–universal
  • Godhooli Dinesh– imagery
  • Frank–sharp
  • Henry Brann–share
  • Pris Campbell–snapshot
  • Barbara Kaufmann–Japanese
  • Eufemia Griffo–essential
  • Jim-sight
  • Paul Beech-distilled
  • Michael Henry Lee–visceral
  • Debbie Strange–pithy
  • janbentexas–nugget
  • Peter Newton–inclusive
  • Doris Pascolo–serenity
  • Ellen Grace Olinger–poem




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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10 Responses to Your Words to Describe Haiku

  1. Susan Beth Furst says:

    Great list Charlotte and great idea!

  2. Eufemia says:

    Great job, this list is very interesting. Thank you Charlotte.

  3. Eufemia says:

    Mee too i hope, Charlotte.

  4. Joshua Gage says:

    I’d go with “poignant”

  5. etain74 says:

    Reblogged this on "Ama no gawa" and commented:
    Su Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog le parole che i poeti usano per definire e descrive gli haiku.
    Articolo molto interessante, grazie Charlotte Digregorio per averci coinvolti!

  6. Eufemia says:

    Reblogged this on Memorie di una Geisha, multiblog dedicato alla poesia d'ispirazione giapponese and commented:
    Qualche giorno fa, Charlotte Digregorio, ha chiesto sul suo blog che ospita gli haiku di scrittori provenienti da ogni parte del mondo, di associare una parola sola ad ” haiku”. Ecco le risposte.
    Io ho usato l’ aggettivo ‘ essenziale’.
    A few days ago, Charlotte Digregorio, asked on his blog that hosts the haiku writers from all over the world, to associate one word with “haiku”. Here’s the answers.
    I used essential adjective.

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