Daily Haiku: Feb. 2, 2017

another year
I didn’t die . . .
autumn dusk

by Issa 
David G. Lanoue, trans.
Author of Issa’s Best: a translator’s selection of master haiku



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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4 Responses to Daily Haiku: Feb. 2, 2017

  1. It’s a rather “huh?” verse until you remember how many people in his life died very young, His mother, his wife, all his children. Then no wonder he writes as he does.

    • Issa was homeless, cold, and hungry much of the time. Taken in that context, it makes sense.

      • haikutec says:

        I can relate for various other reasons. One of my lovely Christmas jobs for several years was to check if suspected explosive devices were real, and evacuate that part of the town or city (I worked in places different years) and report it to the Army Disposal Unit.

        In fact during the 1980s I was involved in the biggest evacuation in Central London (England UK) since WWII. Main targets in the retail sector of Oxford Street and adjoining areas were children’s stores, and Christmas Santa Grottoes.

        On more than one occasion there was no time to get the Army involved, so we’d go and use our bodies to soak up an explosion. Also it wasn’t just for Christmas that I had to do that, and other worrying developments, but all year round. For five years I didn’t know if I’d survive through the whole. As someone in their 20s it was both terrifying but exhilarating for our small team of women and men. BTW these were ‘Christian’ terrorists, no other religion was involved. Humans can be odd at times when you think the beautiful planet we inhabit is a gift to every member of humanity, and other species.

        I just think this is so powerful, and so utterly constantly topical:

        another year
        I didn’t die . . .
        autumn dusk

        David G. Lanoue, trans.
        Author of Issa’s Best: a translator’s selection of master haiku

      • Wow, Alan. What an interesting life you have had! Being born is a miracle in itself, and as we age in this difficult world of ours, I would guess that most of us are grateful that we make it through each year. Thanks for sharing your interesting life. I’m sure this experience from your younger years has contributed to making you a sensitive poet.

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