Daily Haiku: Aug. 18, 2019

rain-soaked wind
the weather-worn notice
peels back more

 

by Alan Summers (U.K.)
Judges’ Favorites/Selected Haiku
6th Annual Golden Haiku Competition, Washington DC

 

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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15 Responses to Daily Haiku: Aug. 18, 2019

  1. Susan Beth Furst says:

    Yes! I remember this one…atmospheric 😉

  2. Al Gallia says:

    Reblogged this on Searching for Serendipity and commented:
    Alan Summers’ haiku has such a strong image for me. I pull my raincoat tighter around my neck as I strain to read the faded words! …which I never can because of the driving rain in my eyes!

  3. Paul Beech says:

    Brilliant, the tattered notice, maybe years out of date, suggesting that we are hurrying through a rather seedy, down-at-heels area, our collars turned up against the whip of that drenching wind… a scene we not only see but feel.

    Great work, Alan.

    Best,

    Paul

  4. Through it’s atmospheric employment of the senses, this a wonderful haiku for inspiring a narrative! I imagined a driver who has stopped at traffic lights in a deserted town. As he waits for the lights to change, he examines a poster or billboard for an event that has happened many years ago. He shudders and glances down a nearby alleyway in case a figure is lurking there. I can almost hear the windscreen wipers and experience how safe and dry he feels looking out at the bleak surroundings. Great stuff!

    • haikutec says:

      Thanks Marion!

      I was trained to read every single notice, even those not to do with traffic signs, as we’d never know if it might be of use if we broke down. 🙂

      Gosh, that sounds like an incident in Los Angeles one day. I was with friends from tough parts of Glasgow (Scotland) and we were in a rented Lincoln Continental, a big cumbersome vehicle, though lovely, and not agile.

      We took a wrong turning off a busy shopping street and it was like something out of a movie, and into a twilight zone. My driver, born in the Gorbals, turned the big car on a dime, and we rushed out of that sinister side road.

      There were no posters that time to warn us.

      Alan

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