A Follower Reads My New Poetry/Reference Book


Pictured above is the hand of  Poet and Artist Rick Daddario holding my new book, Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing. He’s a longtime follower of this blog.

His artistic blog is at:


I hope Rick enjoys reading my book!

Below is one of the hundreds of poems (of fourteen forms) in my poetry/reference book. (For aficionados of haiku,  you’ll find  an ample offering of these and other Japanese forms.) The book also contains essays/prose passages that inspire people to write as a healing exercise during difficult times in their lives. I also include exhaustive ideas for journals to get published in; ideas for media interviews; speaking/teaching ideas;  poetry reading and exhibit ideas; and ideas for winning awards. There is an exhaustive Bibliography that also includes haiku books. (236 pages).

At The Museum of Contemporary Art

Seeking quietude on a foggy day,

I visit the Museum to drift and dream,

with watercolors, collages, montages, and tapestries.

I happen upon worn scraps of metal, wire,

bits of broken glass, and splintered plastic.

Perhaps they are castaways culled from a hidden dumpster

in a deserted Chicago alley.


I visualize a sculptor in his cramped studio with a large window.

Under skies donning infinite grayness,

he watches languishing birds in autumn’s breath.

Brittle poplar branches wave in whispering wind.

His eye glimpses fluttering scarlet and gold.

Inspired hands bend, chip, and polish refuse into delicate,

shining pieces, with soothing shades.


With agile fingers, his drab finds, a reflection of our gritty lives,

become graceful art, as if by metamorphosis.

He realizes sculptures of oddly-shaped people

and animals, almost unidentifiable,

yet bearing equilibrium and harmony.

In solitude, he finds lyricism

in trifles surrounding him.


You may read more about my book on Amazon or through posts on this blog!

Many thanks to those who’ve bought it, and my hope is that you’ll be inspired to write healing poems during this difficult time.

Copyright 2020 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. 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 A Follower Reads My New Poetry/Reference Book

  1. aloha and thank you Charlotte for undertaking the expansive project of this book that reaches from the heart to the practical. many hours of pondering, wandering and wondering lay in this pages. i’m pleased and excited for my future with your book—healing, and way fun both. aloha rick

  2. to which i say, an exemplary response. exactly.

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