Daily Haiku: July 26, 2018

in his arms . . .

the scent of jasmine

till the morning




by Kohana (Marta Chocilowska, Poland)

Chrysanthemum, 17, April 2015

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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9 Responses to Daily Haiku: July 26, 2018

  1. Very tender. Beautiful, Marta.


  2. haikutec says:

    in his arms . . .
    the scent of jasmine
    till the morning

    Kohana (Marta Chocilowska, Poland)
    Chrysanthemum, 17, April 2015

    I found the first line to be a good example of when starting with a preposition can be highly effective. I feel transported to the middle of someone’s moment, and the use of the ellipsis also heightens this aspect of something begun a while ago, and is still ongoing.

    The use of the ellipsis is further effective as we don’t fall into the trap of thinking the middle line is a pivot…


    in his arms
    the scent of jasmine

    the scent of jasmine
    till the morning

    Why is this important in this case?

    The important placement of that ellipsis does more than make us pause over ‘in his arms’, I feel I am in the middle of something, whether an actual physical clinch, or a memory of that embrace.

    I hope that this isn’t a poignant memory of a love lost due to the romance ending, or the passing of a partner. Perhaps the author is recalling a tryst that would only ever be brief. I can’t help but recall the wonderful film Brief Encounter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hubyFqSUaGA

    In fact I started to tear up.

    The powerful last line in Marta’s haiku makes me want to revisit the first two lines again, and again. Each line is made more powerful due to the last line. It’s fantastically romantic, intensely so.

    Uncover the crafting of this verse for yourself, there is more than meets the eye.

    warm regards,
    co-founder, Call of the Page

  3. haikutec says:

    Reblogged this on Haikutec’s Weblog and commented:
    The use of grammar to empower further what appears to be a simple three line verse, but is far from that.

  4. Reblogged this on Frank J. Tassone and commented:
    #Haiku Happenings #5: Charlotte Digregorio’s Daily Haiku features Marta Chocilowska!

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