Daily Haiku: March 1, 2017, Alan Summers’ Week

new home
she promises me the world
in a lilac tree

by Alan Summers
Hedgerow, #99, (Homecomings sequence)


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 recently received an Official Commendation from Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner for my thirty-eight years of accomplishments in the literary arts, and my work to promote and advance the field by educating adults and students alike. I am 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 regularly sign books at libraries, chain bookstores, and university bookstores, and do poetry readings at art centers, cafes, tea houses, and galleries. I was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize in poetry. I have won forty-seven poetry awards, writing twelve poetic forms. My poetry has been translated into eight languages. I do illustrated solo poetry exhibits 365 days a year in libraries, galleries, corporate buildings, hospitals, convention centers, and other venues. My individual poems have been displayed at supermarkets, apparel and wine shops, banks, botanic gardens, restaurants, and on public transit. 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 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 am self-employed as a public relations/marketing consultant, having served a total of 118 clients in 23 states for the past several decades . In other professional areas, I have been on university faculties, teaching French, Italian, and Writing. I regularly give lectures and workshops on publishing, journalism, publicity, poetry, and creativity to business and professional groups, and at writer's conferences, universities, literary festivals, non-profit organizations, and 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, and for two years as its Second Vice President.
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11 Responses to Daily Haiku: March 1, 2017, Alan Summers’ Week

  1. Dave Read says:

    Excellent! Great work as always Alan.

  2. haikutec says:

    Reblogged this on Haikutec’s Weblog and commented:
    Our new home, a small 1930s house, will be a world of trees; bramble; and hedgerow, almost fairytale.


  3. Mark Gilfillan says:

    Intrigued. Is she in the lilac tree? Or is the lilac tree symbolic of the new home. Either way a level haiku that offers home and contentment for the future. =;-)

    • haikutec says:

      Hi Mark,


      new home
      she promises me the world
      in a lilac tree

      by Alan Summers
      Hedgerow, #99, a “Homecomings” sequence of haiku

      I mostly write experiential haiku so it “biographies” myself and the new home we have just spent 15 months now. We have small pocket green areas which will feature flowers/plants/bushes/trees.

      Karen is again exploring her gardening passion which was put on hold at our old place, a managed block of apartments. The small 1930s house will be a smorgasbord of green which when you visit in years to come will be more apparent. 🙂

      Of course there is a fairytale aspect to the haiku, but also the sad allusions which sub-consciously I might have been aware of, such as:

      We are promised the world, and we individually embrace that in our own ways.


  4. Mark Gilfillan says:

    “a lovely haiku” auto-correct kicked in, apologies….

  5. Susan Beth Furst says:

    Hi Alan,
    A beautiful haiku and a lilac tree, fragrant, another sense! I can see Miss Marple for some reason and that little village she was from (can’t remember the name),and I can see the vicarage .You see you have taken me on a magical mystery tour with your wonderful haiku!

    • haikutec says:

      Ah, Miss Marple, lived here:

      Sleeping Murder was the book where they were mentioned as two lazy gardeners were going to get rid of them! 🙂 No!!! 🙂

      And of course Walt Whitman.

      Extract from:
      When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d

      When lilacs last in the dooryard bloom’d,
      And the great star early droop’d in the western sky in the night,
      I mourn’d, and yet shall mourn with ever-returning spring.

      Ever-returning spring, trinity sure to me you bring,
      Lilac blooming perennial and drooping star in the west,
      And thought of him I love.

  6. Dear Alan,
    It’s a wonderful haiku.
    Few verses for a great poem.
    Congrats Alan, It’s a very pleasure to read every day, your poems.

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