Daily Haiku: Aug. 13, 2019

sparrowhawk fence

an ending to the summer

as leaves start to stutter

by Alan Summers (U.K.)

Bacopa Literary Review, June 2019

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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14 Responses to Daily Haiku: Aug. 13, 2019

  1. I love the rhythm to this one!! And the imagery, “sparrowhawk fence,” and stuttering leaves ๐Ÿ˜‰ And the rhyme.. it’s so unique!! Different, one to remember!

    • haikutec says:

      Perhaps because I put in a little dissonance? ๐Ÿ™‚

      sparrowhawk fence
      an ending to the summer
      as leaves start to stutter

      Alan Summers (U.K.)
      Bacopa Literary Review, June 2019

      Alan

  2. MaryJo says:

    All the s sounds in sparrowhawk/fence/summer/leaves/start/stutter. I can hear the leaves …
    ending/fence
    summer/stutter

    Has the sparrowhawk slammed into the fence, or just barely made it through/feather’s flying/ the stutter of leaves?

    I wasn’t sure but the sound is fantastic.

    • haikutec says:

      Oh the bird was very much in command, and of a very large field and row of huge trees too. But kept returning to the fence which wasn’t far from my brother-in-law’s house.

      sparrowhawk fence
      an ending to the summer
      as leaves start to stutter

      Alan Summers (U.K.)
      Bacopa Literary Review, June 2019

      It was a fearful presence, moreso than the red kites I feel.

      Alan

  3. Paul Beech says:

    With its repeating โ€˜sโ€™-sound and rhyme, this would be an easy poem for children to memorise. I can see them painting the scene as well โ€“ the sparrowhawk perched on the fence with leaves twirling by.

    Will try it on my artistically inclined youngest granddaughter when I see her next.

    My very best,

    Paul

    • haikutec says:

      Thanks Paul,
      The longer poetry approach to haiku perhaps touches on the original purposes of poetry, and that is to store information. Listening to Stephen Fry on BBC Radio 4 this morning. ๐Ÿ™‚

      sparrowhawk fence
      an ending to the summer
      as leaves start to stutter

      Alan Summers (U.K.)
      Bacopa Literary Review, June 2019

      It’s a 17 syllable poem of 4-7-6 but retaining the rhythmic journey. I’ll be interested in your granddaughter’s reaction.

      I love your “the sparrowhawk perched on the fence with leaves twirling by”!

      Alan

    • Thanks for commenting, Paul.

  4. madhuri says:

    Sparrowhawk fence, so much more interesting than a sparrowhawk on the fence. What caught my eye was the third line โ€˜as leaves start to stutterโ€™. Just wonderful.

    • haikutec says:

      Thank you! You wouldn’t believe how many versions I went through to capture this experience. ๐Ÿ™‚

      My bro+sis-in-law have a large field, with a converted barn in Buckinghamshire, England, and the wildlife is amazing. I’ve witnessed Red Kites whistling a mysteriously haunting tune as they followed the tractor, cutting the grass for hay, looking for small animals.

      sparrowhawk fence
      an ending to the summer
      as leaves start to stutter

      Alan Summers (U.K.)
      Bacopa Literary Review, June 2019

      And the sparrowhawk had such presence, and ‘ownership’ and a person can feel, see, hear, and taste the subtle shifts within one season and its ‘turning’ into the next one too.

      Love that the third line worked for you!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

      warm regards,
      Alan

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