Haiku Special: May 8, 2021–New Book by Philomene Kocher and Marco Fraticelli!


Have you ever heard of “septenga”? A septenga is haiku– a sequence of seven links, starting with a three-liner, followed by two, and ending with a three-liner. (3-2-3-2-3-2-3). The poem contains a theme that unites the seven links, and it can either be written solo or with a partner.

“Changing Demographics” is a book of septenga by Canadian Haikuists Philomene Kocher and Marco Fraticelli. The three-liners are written by Kocher and the two-liners by Fraticelli.

In this thoughtful chapbook, I learned a new form! Published by catkin press in 2021, owned by Canadian Claudia Coutu Radmore, the book cover was also designed by Radmore. (She is the President of Haiku Canada.)

Kocher and Fraticelli enjoy writing linked verse because collaborative writing is “a great antidote” to what is often a solitary experience, according to Fraticelli.

The septenga form was created by Haikuists Alexis K. Rotella and ai li in 1997.

Here is one septenga from the book:

Silent Wind

a crow

on the bare branch

of a tree shadow


the open coffin

covid summer

only the flowers

blooming on campus

silent wind


in the middle of the field


taller than the corn

my remaining days measured

in pills

almost dark

and the cicada

still sings

For more information on this book, you may contact Fraticelli at: Mapletree67@hotmail.com


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 Haiku Special: May 8, 2021–New Book by Philomene Kocher and Marco Fraticelli!

  1. Paul Beech says:

    Nope, I’ve never heard of septenga before. But the sample given here from Kocher and Fraticelli’s septenga chapbook has certainly piqued my interest.

    “Silent Wind” is a powerful poem, the alternating 3 and 2 line haiku graphically conveying the horrors of covid.

    Maybe I’ll give it a go someday, if I find a journal accepting this form. I suppose though, a septenga might be considered a sequence and published as such.

    Congratulations to Philomene Kocher and Marco Fraticelli on publication of their ground-breaking chapbook ‘Changing Demographics’. Great cover.


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