Daily Haiku: Jan. 22, 2019

coffee table books
changed out
for the pastor’s visit
by Marsh Muirhead  (USA)
Frogpond, Vol. 41:3, Fall 2018

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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4 Responses to Daily Haiku: Jan. 22, 2019

  1. crmeester says:

    Charlotte, I very much enjoy receiving your blog in my email each day! Thank you, Connie Meester

    Sent from my iPhone


  2. haikutec says:

    coffee table books
    changed out
    for the pastor’s visit

    Marsh Muirhead (USA)
    Frogpond, Vol. 41:3, Fall 2018

    I think because I was a renga poet-in-residence for a prison, I immediately thought of books being quickly swapped for non-violent material. 🙂

    But of course the opening line suggests either a home environment or a civilian facility of some sort. If this is some kind of home visit, I do wonder what kind of coffee table type books would have to be changed? When I occasionally put books out on a table they were often landscape or architectural, or classic to modern paintings, but nothing to presuppose anyone would blush or feel further awkward.

    My mind is curious as to what kind of material either the author, or the narrator (if it’s not the same person) usually had on display! 🙂

    As senryu need not follow any “rules” this has a good opening line, giving us some context, with an interesting middle line. Where I’d put ‘changed over’ I feel the author has chosen a stronger word choice:

    prepositions – change out VS change – English Language Learners …
    “Changed out means that the signs are being replaced by other signs.”

    So sandwiched between two strong context setting lines (first/opening line and third/closing line) we have a surgically ‘decided’ choice of words and word order, where ‘out’ amplifies far more in a combined ambiguity and subterfuge combination.

    As senryu are as brief as haiku, yet often carry as much as a poem more than twice its content, a single word can expand the whole poem, it can create an aspect of a short story with suspense, tension, and resonance. This senryu could kick off a piece of flash fiction, a short story, or a haibun, but it also doesn’t need to do that.

    Senryu can be as finely crafted as any haiku.

    warm regards,
    Call of the Page

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