Daily Haiku: Feb. 25, 2017

white wedding
the brides kiss

by Robert Ertman

Full Moonlight

Haiku Society of America Members’ Anthology, 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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12 Responses to Daily Haiku: Feb. 25, 2017

  1. haikutec says:

    white wedding
    the brides kiss

    Robert Ertman

    Full of Moonlight: HSA 2016 Members’ Anthology (2017) ed. David Grayson

    Ah, the power of the apostrophe! 🙂

    While some readers might not notice the punctuation, others may feel it’s a typo/grammatical mistake. Quietly subversive, and full of heart for all of humanity.

    This is also an intriguing haiku because so much is within the negative space (white space) arena, and the use of the apostrophe by not having it there is a wonderfully life affirming poem, and has other highly topical layering of meanings.

    warm regards,

  2. Barb Germiat says:

    Very sly.

    Barb Germiat Appleton WI

    On Sat, Feb 25, 2017 at 8:12 AM, Charlotte Digregorio’s Writer’s Blog wrote:

    > Charlotte Digregorio posted: “white wedding the brides kiss by Robert > Ertman Full Moonlight Haiku Society of America Members’ Anthology, 2016 ” >

  3. madhuri says:

    Thanks Alan for explaining, makes sense now, I had missed the apostrophe.

    • haikutec says:

      I can only surmise, but I feel the lack of an apostrophe is strategic in an age that has known same sex romantic relations for over two to three thousand years yet had confused honesty around it. That such a small thing as grammar, and love(?) should deny, is shocking to say the least.

      • madhuri says:

        Agree, with or without the apostrophe it should not matter, the haiku takes on a whole new meaning. Thank you. Yes, there is a lack of honesty regarding the issue, it should not even be considered an issue, debated and discussed in the Houses of Parliament, should be left alone where it belongs in the realms of human relationships. Thanks Alan again.

    • haikutec says:

      Love this: “…with or without the apostrophe it should not matter…”
      Because we should not be governed by the stroke or miss-stroke of a pen.

  4. datta2014 says:

    Dear Robert Ertman,
    A significantly carved crisp write,much meaning embedded in it. Apprecite.
    with regards

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