Daily Haiku Special Feature: Dec. 1, 2017

Lenard D. Moore, longtime author, editor, and haiku poet, (among many genres), is always at work on a new creative project. His latest, just released, is: One Window’s Light: A Collection of Haiku.

Moore, Associate Professor of English at the University of Mount Olive in North Carolina– teaching among other courses, African-American Literature, including slave narratives– has brought together four other talented and skillful African-American poets who write insightful haiku about their cultural experience and heritage, among other haiku. They are members of the Carolina African-American Writers Collective that Moore founded.

Moore spent the past summer editing the Collection and writing the Introduction. L. Teresa Church, one of the poets, is a quilter whose artistic work is featured on the book’s front cover, photographed by Moore. The other poets are: Crystal Simone Smith, Gideon Young, and Sheila Smith McKoy.

This generous collection will, no doubt, serve as a substantial contribution to African-American Literature, and the haiku genre, in general.

Below, we include just a sampling of the evocative sensory poems with precise diction and imagery. They reveal poetic sensibilities and enlighten readers on the African-American perspective.


statue of a black man

laden with snow

distant bells

by L. Teresa Church


we gather in black

outside the church—

autumn mountains

by Crystal Simone Smith


ripples in the pond

beyond the tall pines

day’s last glow

by Gideon Young


upturned cicada

we read slave narratives

row by row

by Lenard D. Moore


a lock of my hair

planted with the seeds

scent of rain

by Sheila Smith McKoy


One Window’s Light will make a wonderful holiday gift, appreciated by serious poets, and it will also inspire thoughtful readers with no poetry background.

For details about this attractively-produced softcover with smyth-sewn binding, click this link: http://unicorn-press.org/books/Moore-One-Windows-Light.html


Copyright 2017 by Charlotte Digregorio.

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. In 2018, I was honored by the Governor of Illinois 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 seven books including: 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; Your Original Personal Ad; and my latest, Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing. 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 by Charlotte Digregorio." 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 two Pushcart Prizes in poetry. I have won fifty-nine poetry awards, writing fourteen 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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6 Responses to Daily Haiku Special Feature: Dec. 1, 2017

  1. Reblogged this on Frank J. Tassone and commented:
    #Haiku Happenings #3: Charlotte DiGregorio’s Daily Haiku features Lenard D. Moore!

  2. Mary Kendall says:

    I look forward to reading this book…some favorite poets here.

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