Seven Things to Keep in Mind about Haiku and Senryu

1.) Haiku and senryu are spontaneous, but can also be a quest. Each day there is something enlightening or amusing to be found in the ordinary. Believe this, discover something, and write about it.

2) Life is short. Haiku and senryu are short.

3) Haiku and senryu are a pleasure and an inspiration.

4) Find haiku and senryu moments you like and return to them, even if by reading about them again and again.

5) Haiku and senryu are genuine.

6) There are no limitations in writing about haiku and senryu. Look inwardly and outwardly.

7) Be fearless in writing haiku and senryu. Just write. And revise each one, even 50 times, if necessary.

Do you have anything to add? If so, just share your ideas below.

Copyright 2018 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. 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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8 Responses to Seven Things to Keep in Mind about Haiku and Senryu

  1. sueshaikus says:

    One can write a technically perfect haiku, but if the poet is not emotionally invested in the poem, then it doesn’t have “life” in it, and it has no real impact.

  2. haikutec says:

    What is senryu?

    “There is always an exciting and ongoing debate about that, and whether it is even a separate genre. I certainly see the senryu approach as a useful reminder that, as beautiful as haiku can be, we often need a short sharp verse that highlights aspects, and can act as checks and balances, within our current society.”

    Taken from my President’s commentary regarding The “AHA” Haiku/Senryu Contest (Annual Hortensia Anderson Memorial Awards) Results

    Alan Summers
    President, United Haiku and Tanka Society

    What is haiku?

    With one exciting essay from Clayton Beach, and my own ongoing insight into haiku, I feel as soon as Shiki developed haiku it was always going to move away from other haikai verses such as hokku, written by Basho, Buson, Issa etc…

    Haiku takes a little from the Basho/Classic era of hokku/haikai verses, and a little from the ever technologically advanced society we have engaged in. Ever since the Industrial revolution, with its trains and factories, towns growing into cities, cities growing into one vast metropolis, haiku has grown to serve our need to communicate change, which is as much about nature in the larger scope of the animal domain, as it is within the smaller human animal territory which is ever expanding.

    Haiku is where old hokku, as a form, meets a genre, and cannot be controlled by the appointed authorities within and without. It’s not actually subversive like senryu, but it’s still a clean a blade of poetry, and a watchword.

    Alan Summers
    co-founder, Call of the Page

  3. Paul Beech says:

    Hi Charlotte, here’s my take:

    Writing haiku sharpens us up to latch onto those fleeting moments that tell us something about our responses to nature; senryu, those moments that tell us something about the ways we relate to one another as human beings.

    Reading these beautifully crafted micro-poems is a delight and inspiration, haiku enabling us to feel more attuned to the natural world, senryu enabling us to feel more comfortable with ourselves, both leaving images behind we may long recall.

    My very best,


  4. Barbara Tate says:

    Love this interchange–there’s so much to be learned from everyone!! Each have gems inbedded in their thoughts.

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