Haiku by Alan Summers, June 11 through the 17th

Enjoy Alan Summers’ Week! Each day from today through the 17th, one haiku by Alan will be featured on The Daily Haiku.

Alan is a regular contributor to this blog. He is President of the United Haiku and Tanka Society, and a Japan Times award-winning writer.  He is based in England, and working hard on exciting courses and projects as co-founder of “Call of the Page,” formerly known as “With Words.”

NHK TV of Japan filmed Alan for a program called “Europe meets Japan–Alan’s Haiku Journey,” covering aspects of his teaching and passion for the art of haiku: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VS36AGVI6s

Alan’s website is: http://www.callofthepage.org


fireside story
a dad piggybacks his son
into the moon


by Alan Summers
#112, May 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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10 Responses to Haiku by Alan Summers, June 11 through the 17th

  1. haikutec says:

    Reblogged this on Haikutec’s Weblog and commented:
    Delighted to be featured for a whole week of haiku in this important blog!

  2. Jacob Salzer says:

    Quite a touching haiku that shows a father’s love for his son. I know I’m not the only one that can directly relate to this haiku. I have memories of being on my father’s shoulders and sharing stories around the fire while camping. The last line brings the haiku to new heights, as the imagination of a child travels beyond us, yet remains grounded in father’s shoulders. Excellent!

    • Thank you, Jacob, for commenting.

    • haikutec says:

      Thanks Jacob!

      Most of my haiku are from experiences, so this was in a pub one winter, where they had a wood-fire. A father was telling a story to his son, who was on his dad’s shoulders, and they went round and round the smallish pub. But of course, fathers have been telling stories for centuries to their sons against starlit skies, roaring wood fires, and a full moon. 🙂


  3. Paul Beech says:

    Hi Charlotte, just catching up now as I was at a crime writing event over the weekend. Great to see you’re featuring Alan Summers again. Alan is a true master of haiku, his work always amazing, inspiring and very welcome.

    His haiku above takes me back 40-odd years to when I was a young dad too, with strong shoulders and always quick to spin a yarn.

    My very best,


    • haikutec says:

      Thanks Paul! 🙂

      Gosh, which one where, re crime writing event? Reminds me to catch up with Nick Quantrill.

      I am delighted that this haiku resonated with you!

      warm regards,

      • Paul Beech says:

        Hi Alan, it was ‘Alibis in the Attic’ at Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden, Flintshire (just a few miles down the road from my home on the Dee Estuary), a most fabulous event organised by the crime writer Martin Edwards (Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association and President of the Detection Club) to celebrate the opening of the British Crime Writing Archives at the library.

        Martin and his fellow speakers (including Ann Cleeves and Stella Duffy) were all brilliant and I seemed to spend the entire weekend back in the inter-war ‘Golden Age’ with the shades of Sayers, Christie and Berkeley et al ever-present; also Sherlock from the Victorian/Edwardian period.

        If you’re into crime fiction, as many poets are (Philip Larkin was a case in point), you’d have loved it as I did.

        Warm regards,


      • haikutec says:

        Ah, what a pity Philip Larkin and Nick Quantrill could never had met. I mostly read crime fiction for recreational reasons, as I read and study haiku several hours a day to keep up to date for my students. 🙂

        Karen is the one who deals with actual crime and helped created Discovery Channel’s Dallas DNA (her title too). I did get to meet someone, in a Dallas hotel room, who was knowingly falsely imprisoned for nearly 30 years, which was incredible, and incredibly moving.


    • Thanks for sharing, Paul.

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