Nov. 2, 2020 Special: The Daily Haiku

October sugar

maples undressing

top down

by Donna Bauerly (USA)

Charlotte Digregorio reviewed this book authored by Poet Donna Bauerly on Goodreads– a must-read for haikuists!


Donna Bauerly is the author of Raymond Roseliep: Man of Art Who Loves the Rose. It is one of the most thoroughly-researched author biographies I have ever read. The book contains such a wide sampling of comments from Poet Raymond Roseliep’s colleagues, students, friends, poets, and literary critics. It’s a must-read book for anyone who is interested in the history of haiku in the U.S., its luminaries, and how Roseliep influenced the form. Until I read this book, I knew very little about Roseliep and his haiku accomplishments and writing of longer poems. He wrote in an era when the American public had heard little about the haiku form.

Bauerly, a retired professor and poet, gives us an inside and intimate look at the complexity of Roseliep’s life from childhood through adulthood as a priest and professor/author/poet colleague of hers. It’s fascinating to read of the connections Roseliep made in the general poetry world with “Big-Name” poets of other forms, thereby allowing haiku to be recognized and appreciated by them. Roseliep’s poetry that Bauerly includes are beautiful examples of his imagery, sensitivity, and love for haiku.


the wren

moves apart

from its song

by Raymond Roseliep


Bauerly even writes of Roseliep’s erotic haiku, which certainly comes as a surprise, given he was a priest. Roseliep’s awards and publishing history are also meticulously-researched, and the Appendices are exhaustive. Haiku enthusiasts and poets of other forms will surely be inspired to write haiku after reading this sensitive and honest portrayal of Roseliep and his art by an author who knew him well.


For more information about Bauerly’s book, contact The Haiku Foundation:


Donna Bauerly’s bio:

Born in 1934, Donna Bauerly lived for a short time in Potosi, Wisconsin, then moved with her recently widowed mother and two siblings to live in Dubuque, Iowa (hotbed of haiku), for most of her life.  She taught for 66 years in a wide variety of school assignments, the last 36 of them as a professor of literature and writing at Loras College in Dubuque.  She retired (sort of) in 2007, serving her last two years in a 13-year tenure as a member of the public school board, and finally as a volunteer teacher of Newbery Award-winning novels to 5th grade students in a nearby elementary school from 2016 to 2019.  She completed her 13-year journey of researching and writing the biography, Raymond Roseliep. Man of Art Who Loves the Rose, published in 2015 by The Haiku Foundation.


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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2 Responses to Nov. 2, 2020 Special: The Daily Haiku

  1. Paul Beech says:

    I love Donna’s haiku, the maples shedding their gorgeous autumn foliage in a sort of arboricultural striptease!

    Love Raymond Roseliep’s ornithological haiku too.

    Donna’s biography of him sounds brilliant.

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