Daily Haiku: May 23, 2018

train tunnel–
the sudden intimacy
of mirrored faces

by Beverley George (Australia)
Best of Issue
Presence, #22, 2004


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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7 Responses to Daily Haiku: May 23, 2018

  1. love this – great capture

  2. haikutec says:

    train tunnel–
    the sudden intimacy
    of mirrored faces

    Beverley George (Australia)
    Best of Issue, Presence, #22, 2004

    I’m not surprised it did so well in the readers’ choices awards. I only used the Ipswich-Brisbane metro system in Australia, but have used trains almost all over Europe.

    Just as in an elevator, and even on the Underground trains, we are supposed to studiously avoid each other (although I like to break the rules there). 🙂

    But there is something about an Overground train with its wide vistas of countryside, and sometimes cities, that when that expanse abruptly vanishes in a tunnel we are suddenly faced with a version of a Hall of Mirrors cross with our own Bathroom mirror.

    It’s the same in emergencies, we became close both physically and in facing adversity, that sadly often dissipates when we are both in the normal covertly organised world of big corporate agencies.

    Although this haiku was probably zooming into the immediate experience, it’s both universal, and can be read allegorically.

    I’ve written enough haiku; senryu, haibun; and tanka story to create two collections, and yet this is wonderfully fresh, and invigorating.

    warm regards,
    haibun editor, Blithe Spirit (journal of the British Haiku Society)
    President, United Haiku and Tanka Society
    co-founder, Call of the Page


    I would love a response from Beverley. Did you know your haiku was more powerful than you might have intended? It acts as a catalyst for me, because I can enjoy and appreciate that shared experience in its most literal sense, yet it brings out even more, as a good haiku should.

  3. Reblogged this on Frank J. Tassone and commented:
    #Haiku Happenings #8: Charlotte Digregorio’s Daily Haiku features Beverley George!

  4. Maria Laura Valente says:

    Very impressive… I can relate with it, so I greatly appreciate it!

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