Daily Haiku: May 19, 2019

blue neon
the player walks the beat
right off his bass


by Jeffrey Winke (USA)

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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9 Responses to Daily Haiku: May 19, 2019

  1. Reblogged this on Frank J. Tassone and commented:
    #Haiku Happenings #3: Charlotte Digregorio’s Daily Haiku features Jeffrey Winke!

  2. Barb Germiat says:

    I don’t get this haiku ostensibly about a bass player. I asked my son who plays bass (very well) professionally, as well as for a hobby. He didn’t get it either, said it was maybe a nice play on words. Failed haiku IMHO.

    • haikutec says:


      blue neon
      the player walks the beat
      right off his bass

      Jeffrey Winke (USA)

      Also posted May 20th 2019 at:

      When I first read the haiku I loved the “poemness” straightaway, even if my logical side of my brain didn’t click. I love neon signs! The web link shows a player, who looks like they mostly do rock music. I’m reminded of other famous bassists like John Entwistle of The Who. He would play his bass guitar like a lead guitar which made for exciting live performances! 🙂 Whereas Jazz musicians might not strut the stage, whereas many rock music guitarists (like the leaping Townshend) will transcend guitar and stage.

      The second haiku on Outlaws does mention jazz:

      from their shadows they seek
      a jazz savior

      and I found this intriguing:

      Who plays a Fender Jazz Bass?
      Fender has designed signature Jazz Bass models for notable players including: Roscoe Beck, Mark Hoppus Geddy Lee, Jaco Pastorius, Adam Clayton, Noel Redding, Flea and Marcus Miller. – “Fender Jazz Bass” – Wikipedia

      I hope the haiku will grow on you.

      kindest regards,

  3. Barb, for me the key is “walks the beat,” and “neon.” I get the picture of a police officer walking the beat in a not so nice neighborhood with his pistol. There’s the link– a jazz player with his instrument–killer music! His instrument is his power.

  4. When I first read this poem, I could visualize the player on a bass trumpet “walking the beat,” that is, pushing down on the valves of the instrument with his fingers.

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