Daily Haiku: April 3, 2021

senryu

three thousand feet . . .
now I bank the glider
and dive
   
by Paul Beech (Wales)
brass bell: a haiku journal, April 2021
 

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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19 Responses to Daily Haiku: April 3, 2021

  1. Maureen Weldon says:

    Love this Senryu!
    Congratulations Paul
    All my love,
    Maureen xx

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  3. MaryJo says:

    I really like this senyru too Paul.
    Have you done this for a while? Gliding?

    • Paul Beech says:

      Many thanks, MaryJo.

      Actually I’ve only done it twice, both times with an instructor.

      The first time was a tug-plane launch at 2000 feet over The Fens, with The Wash visible in the distance. This was the occasion described in my ‘brass bell’ senryu.

      After corkscrewing upwards on a thermal for another 1000 feet, I put the glider into a dive over Crowland, where one of my brothers lives. It was exhilarating!

      The second time was a catapult launch over the Derbyshire Peaks and Dales and this was equally thrilling as we went up like a rocket, into cloud in seconds…

      Happy Easter,

      Paul

  4. Reblogged this on Frank J. Tassone and commented:
    #Haiku Happenings #6: Charlotte Digregorio’s Daily Haiku features a #senryu by Paul Beech!

  5. Paul Beech says:

    Thank you, dear Charlotte, for featuring my glider-dive haiku on your brilliant blog.

    And huge thanks to all who’ve responded with likes or comments. Much appreciated.

    Happy Easter, everyone,

    Paul

  6. clivebennett796 says:

    Great fun Paul. Happy Easter to you and Maureen.

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