Readers and Followers:
I thank all the people who’ve read my new poetry book and commented. Below is a brief description of it and new reviews:
Charlotte Digregorio’s timely book, Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing, is artistically-designed with nearly 200 haiku/senryu and haiku sequences. It also has 130 other poems of thirteen forms including tanka, haibun, and common forms one learned in school, such as sonnet, free verse, acrostic, cinquain, and limerick.
It isn’t just a collection of Digregorio’s award-winning poems, but an inspirational book with essays, prose passages that encourage the writing of poetry as a healing exercise (with attention to haiku), and exhaustive Appendices that spur poets to publicize their work/events.
It’s divided into 12-themed sections including: Nostalgia, Peace, Solitude, Creatures, People, and Seasons’ Potpourri. It has: an Introduction that features haiku, senryu, and tanka; a comprehensive bibliography of healing poetry collections including 22 haiku books; multiple lists of publications that publish poetry; ideas for general print/broadcast media that feature poets; and ideas on types of associations/organizations/businesses that promote poets through awards, interviews, readings, speaking/workshop engagements, and exhibits of their work. The Appendices with their lists of resources, open to poets nationally/internationally, are also useful to haiku poets.
It’s Digregorio’s hope that more haikuists will be inspired to write other poetic forms to enrich their knowledge of poetry, in general, and write more haiku, too.
“Many haiku poets that I know only write the Japanese-style forms,” Digregorio says. “The more poetic forms people read and write, the more inspired they will become to write their preferred forms of poetry, implementing new ideas and developing rhythmic and imagistic skills,” she says.
Your book responds to so many of the themes and issues that are central to my life experience. I hope this book makes its way to many people in these sad and complex times. A real help. You are appreciated.
–David Eyre (USA), Poet
Charlotte Digregorio’s indefatigable writing packs a strong poetic punch. This award-winning poet has the courage to face the truth about love, loss, aging, birth, death, and the upside down nature of life–the full catastrophe. Expect to be challenged and invigorated. Without question, Digregorio is a beneficial presence in this world, and I have a high regard for her fresh and poignant poems.
–Robert Epstein, Psychotherapist & Author, Healing into Haiku: On Illness and Pain
Digregorio’s poetry is healing, gets you through tough times, and saves lives. This book is one answer to the Coronavirus. Nuanced by childhood memories of oceans and jagged monoliths, of black bear and elk, she shares through reflection and meditation, poems with a spaciousness that speak of acceptance and gratitude for what is. She is like the sculptor in one of her poems, “creating equilibrium and harmony.” She reaches out and invites the reader to join her in solitude, share thoughts and observations. There’s an exuberance of life here that cannot help but touch you.
–Mary Jo Balistreri, Poet and Author, Still
The bumper sticker on my car reads: “Nature: Cheaper than Therapy.” As an adjunct to nature’s treatment plan, I would prescribe Charlotte Digregorio’s Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing. Her imagistic poems wind through diverse relational and emotional terrain, and never lose touch with the natural healing qualities of acceptance, wonder, gratitude, and harmony.
–Mike Stinson, Psychotherapist, Poet & Author, extra innings
Charlotte Digregorio has the all-too-uncommon ability to put the reader in the poet’s place. One does not read, so much as experience her poems. Closing my eyes, many of these poems could have been memories from my own past. These very personal poems become personal to the reader. The poet uses words as her brush, and all senses are stimulated.
–Ignatius Fay, Poet and Co-Author of Breccia
An affecting collection. Charlotte Digregorio finds lyricism in solitude, finds reason to celebrate and transform into art the trifles in our gritty lives. These are poems of great skill, poems with a generous heart by a writer who cherishes the luminous particulars of every moment.
–Marsh Muirhead, Poet and Author of last night of the carnival
Award-winning poet Charlotte Digregorio offers readers an array of poems that delve deeply into the external, her Midwest surroundings, and the internal, the nature of her creativity. Digregorio’s delectable collection is one to be savored again and again.
–Roberta Beary, Poet and Author of The Unworn Necklace
The poems of Charlotte Digregorio possess a clarity of vision one seldom finds in contemporary verse. The images she creates are vibrant and alive. We Baby Boomers identify with her all too well.
– John J. Dunphy, Poet and Author of Touching Each Tree