Daily Haiku: March 3, 2017, Alan Summers’ Week

sun-scarred desert
a rough tongued cat
scans the yard

by Alan Summers
Blithe Spirit, Winter issue, 26.4, 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 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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13 Responses to Daily Haiku: March 3, 2017, Alan Summers’ Week

  1. haikutec says:

    Reblogged this on Haikutec’s Weblog and commented:
    This is a literal haiku, from an evening pitstop spent at Four Ways Station in the Northern Territory of Australia. Of course there are always other layers to explore in the poem. πŸ™‚


  2. Vivid dual image, the cat seeking victims, its rough tongue as blasting sand.

    • haikutec says:

      Hi Christine! πŸ™‚

      “Vivid dual image, the cat seeking victims, its rough tongue as blasting sand.”

      Yes, cats are apex predators like us humans. πŸ™‚ Love that ‘blasting sand’ line. πŸ™‚

      sun-scarred desert
      a rough tongued cat
      scans the yard

      Alan Summers

      It’s about more than one cat, from the one in Australia, to the one that used to sit on our wall watching people back in England. πŸ™‚

    • haikutec says:

      Both the poor cat at Four Ways Station, Northern Territory, Australia, took to me, while other people avoided it. He sat on my lap, and it was very very cold on the station verandah, but he needed warmth and comfort.

      The English cat that adopted me was due to abuse from its human family, most the father and the two children not the wife (she later divorced the man). The cat came to live with me, and often curled around my neck as I wrote poetry.

      Not sure if I’m specifically a cat person more than a dog person, or a bird person, but cats will come running to me day or night for a conversation and some contact. πŸ™‚


  3. datta2014 says:

    Dear poet,
    “Roughed tongued cat” something striking with plethora of meanings,one can say ,
    almost rhythmical , a clear visual image.
    with regards

  4. It’s very pleasure to read your poems every night from Charlotte.
    You are a great writer and you have all my admiration.
    Best regards,

    • haikutec says:

      That’s very kind! πŸ™‚ It’s lovely to hear from writers and readers, and always makes us feel encouraged to carry on writing.

      warm regards,


    • haikutec says:

      “I agree with you. The world of haiku is very fascinating and I think that it well photographs the life and reality. Especially life.” Eufemia

      Yes, it’s astounding that something so incredibly brief as a haiku could capture life so well, but then isn’t life itself so incredibly brief, I guess.

      Many thanks for coming back to comment again. I love dialog! πŸ™‚

      warm regards,


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