Daily Haiku: Feb. 25, 2018


political election
my application to be
a) human

 by Alan Summers (UK)
Haiku News, Vol. 2, No.24, 2013

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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11 Responses to Daily Haiku: Feb. 25, 2018

  1. haikutec says:

    Reblogged this on Haikutec’s Weblog and commented:

    political election
    my application to be
    a) human

    Alan Summers
    Haiku News, Vol.2, No.24, 2013

    So often we are either dehumanised by the bureaucracy of elections, or if we are unlucky enough, we might be demonised as well if we fall into a category that politicians are not comfortable about.


    For students of haiku you may note that I have used a strong allusion to a
    haiku by Fay Aoyagi.

    Fay Aoyagi’s work has been a strong influence on me ever since the famous
    Bill Higginson review/article at Modern Haiku.

    Which haiku did I allude to?

    cold rain —
my application
to become a crab

    Fay Aoyagi
    Chrysanthemum Love
Blue Willow Press 
ISBN 0-9745547-0 (2003)

    Modern Haiku:


    Although my verse is more senryu than haiku, it has been inspired by Fay
    Aoyagi’s brilliantly succinct haiku with seasonal reference (kigo); and a
    cut between two parts (kire) that heightens the poem beyond a mere

    With my more senryu than haiku I am focusing purely on human affairs,
    although there may be a season for elections and those awful bureaucratic
    forms. But the only link to nature is that desire to be human and not a
    political toy.

    Alan Summers
    Haiku News, September 2016

  2. Paul Beech says:

    Stingingly succinct – a brilliant senryu, Alan.



  3. Great one, It’s really a very pleasure read Alan Summer’s Poems.
    Greetings from Italy,

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