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 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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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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