Daily Haiku: Alan Summers’ Week, Feb. 27- March 5

Alan Summers lives in England, and is President of the United Haiku and Tanka Society. He is a Japan Times award-winning writer; and co-founder of Call of the Page. NHK TV of Japan filmed him for a program called “Europe meets Japan–Alan’s Haiku Journey,” covering aspects of his teaching and passion for the art of haiku.

His forthcoming book titled, Writing Poetry: The Haiku Way, is due out later
this year.

Alan blogs at Area 17: http://area17.blogspot.com

 

Each day through Sunday, March 5, one haiku written by Alan will appear. Please search the archives for other selections by Alan.

 

those who stop —
ducks taking colour
from the river
 

by Alan Summers
brass bell: a haiku journal, February 2017

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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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28 Responses to Daily Haiku: Alan Summers’ Week, Feb. 27- March 5

  1. haikutec says:

    Reblogged this on Haikutec’s Weblog and commented:
    There is something quite calming about ducks and our human interaction with them.

    ‘From troubles of the world I turn to ducks’

    F.W. Harvey
    Ducks (1919)

  2. I’m really looking forward to this. 🙂

    • Thanks, Christine. Alan always gets to the heart of haiku.

      • haikutec says:

        Thank you Charlotte! You are a brilliant supporter of other haiku writers which we deeply appreciate.

        kindest regards,

        Alan

      • I have a question after reading your blog this morning. I checked on Amazon for the books you’ve listed — to no avail. I know anyone and his pup can publish an e-book, but could you recommend some good haiku poets who have?

      • haikutec says:

        Remember that not all books purporting to be haiku are haiku. Check with someone before you are parted with hard-earned cash. 🙂

      • Good advice, Alan. I hope my book is “haiku.”

      • haikutec says:

        Hi Charlotte,

        re: Good advice, Alan. I hope my book is “haiku.”

        Definitely! And as you know I did a nano review to help authenticate, and my review lies opposite one of those Amazon reviews that give a tough view.

        Giving even a single sentence can help readers know which books are worth getting. In the early days back in the 1990s I did buy a couple of right howlers because there were no reviews or Look Inside feature. But not now. 🙂

        Alan

      • Thanks so much, Alan! I appreciate it.

    • haikutec says:

      Thank you Christine! Your comment is deeply appreciated.

      warmest regards,

      Alan

    • haikutec says:

      Hi Christine,

      Wasn’t sure if you were directing this question to myself or Charlotte. 🙂

      “I have a question after reading your blog this morning. I checked on Amazon for the books you’ve listed — to no avail. I know anyone and his pup can publish an e-book, but could you recommend some good haiku poets who have?”

      Amazon has become a nightmare to find authentic books around haiku and its genre. If someone mentions haiku by word once in any kind of book it gets added too. 🙂

      Best to do a search at the Amazon website itself but with the title etc…

      What kind are you looking for, single collections, general anthologies, or themed anthologies?

      If you mean Kindle when you say e-book (there are different formats of ebook) then the good news is that there is more decent haiku work and related genres and fewer of the nonsense stuff.

      Just go to Kindle books and put haiku in the search:

      The Heart of Haiku (Kindle Single) Jun 21, 2011 | Kindle eBook
      by Jane Hirshfield

      Haiku in English: The First Hundred YearsAug 19, 2013 | Kindle eBook
      by Philip Rowland and Allan Burns

      Full of Moonlight: Haiku Society of America 2016 Members’ AnthologyFeb 11, 2017 | Kindle eBook by David Grayson

      Check out ai li too!
      https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text&field-keywords=haiku+ai+li&rh=n%3A133140011%2Ck%3Ahaiku+ai+li

      • I was addressing this question to you, Alan, but it came up on the wrong comment line.
        Thank you for the detailed response and links. I prefer to deal through Kobo simply because my Kobo reader has a light and I read poetry before I fall asleep. 🙂 But Kobo offers very few haiku books. I’ll check out some of the ones you’ve listed.

    • haikutec says:

      Re Kobo books this is a brilliant anthology, and not just because I am in it and produce an article on one line haiku. 🙂

      Yanty’s Butterfly:
      https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/yanty-s-butterfly-haiku-nook-an-anthology

  3. datta2014 says:

    Dear esteemed poet Alan Summers, Greetings! There is no stopping and I re read it number of times. ‘Ducks’ image resonates well.
    with regards
    S.Radhamani

  4. datta2014 says:

    Dear Charlotte Digregorio,
    Greetings! You are doing a commendable and wonderful task!
    with regards
    S.Radhamani

  5. This has ku has a calming effect, Alan and is very painterly – magical!

    marion

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