Daily Haiku: Feb. 28, 2017, Alan Summers’ Week

Berlin afternoon
the rain in your hair
passing time

by Alan Summers
WonderFold Contest Winner for Haibun, January 2017


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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16 Responses to Daily Haiku: Feb. 28, 2017, Alan Summers’ Week

  1. datta2014 says:

    Dear poet,
    Again a powerful,delectable write,which requires deep reading.
    with regards

    • haikutec says:

      Many thanks! I spent time in Berlin just after the Wall came down but when there was still a West Berlin and an East Berlin. I had to catch a plane and East Berlin seemed the best bet, but as they didn’t accept major credit cards back then, I ended up in a hotel. The funny thing is I had to spend 40 minutes filling in a KGB form just to have a hotel room for the night.

      Thankfully everyone was friendly, and no Stasi etc… were involved. The haiku also plays on the allusions to many movies made about War-time and Post-War Berlin.

      warm regards,


  2. haikutec says:

    Reblogged this on Haikutec’s Weblog and commented:
    I am also delighted that the winning haibun will be featured in a new magazine that includes haibun as well as free verse poetry and flash fiction which will be due out around April 2017.

  3. What a beautiful poem! I love this, it suggests total contentment and ‘oneness’.


  4. I’ve just read your earlier reply to the first comment on this thread, Alan, and see that the background to this ku is a completely different scenario than I had pictured in my head – I thought it might have been a romantic city break! Must be the fiction writer in me. 🙂


  5. Congrats Alan,
    i love your haiku especially the first line.
    The word “Berlin” is melancholy and suggests memories. Something beautiful that there isn’t anymore.
    All the best,

    • haikutec says:

      And of course Berlin can make us remember David Bowie and his Heroes album, as well as the Wall itself.

      fingerless gloves
      the Berlin Wall embraces
      its fall

      Alan Summers
      Publication Credit: Asahi Shimbun (Japan, December 2014)

      Thank you so much for commenting, and noting those things about my first line.

      Deeply appreciated,


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