Dear Readers and Followers,
Although this general writers’ blog has been running for 12 years, The Daily Haiku has been in existence for six years this month. We have followers from 60 countries, and it’s great to hear various voices and perspectives. Of course, we welcome the work of haikuists we’ve never run before, work previously published in haiku journals. You are welcome to contact me personally at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send no more than three haiku at a time, and space your submissions out to three months. This is a volunteer effort, and we try to do the best we can, so your help is appreciated in not flooding the email box.
I’d like to call your attention to my upcoming poetry workshop, free and open to all.
Charlotte Digregorio will give a ZOOM poetry workshop, (open to all from everywhere), sponsored by the Winnetka (IL) Public Library. “Write & Publish Great Poetry” is slated for Sunday, April 18, 2 to 3:30 p.m. (USA–Chicago Time). For information and registration, click this Library link:
https://winnetkalibrary.libcal.com/calendar/events/?cid=3782&t=d&d=2021-04-18&cal=3782&inc=0. Some haiku and tanka will be included, but it’s especially useful for those who’d like to branch out into writing/publishing other poetic forms. You may contact Charlotte, email@example.com, with questions. She is the author of two poetry reference books: Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing and Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All.
For those of you who are thinking of becoming writers–and many of you who follow this blog are– get the courage to write. That means just putting pen to paper. It’s not brain surgery, it’s like carpentry, a skill you get better at through reading a lot of the genres you enjoy. You become better at them through practice. Writing and getting published is personally rewarding, and most people have a need to be creative at something, be it writing, playing a musical instrument, cooking, photography, flower arranging, or whatever. Just get something down on paper, no matter how rough it is. It can be revised. Thoughts come in and out of your brain, so always carry a pocket notebook with you. The only way to write is to write! And, the only way to publish, is to submit your work!
If you’ve read this far, we have a question for all our readers and followers: Covid has been around for most of us for almost a year. What do you miss doing as far as simple pleasures? I miss, for example, going to the coffee shop and lingering. I used to sit down and write at the local coffee shop. You may share your comments on this post below, and of course, we welcome comments on all posts.
Grateful thanks for reading this blog! We appreciate you.