Special to The Daily Haiku: July 24, 2021–Review of Barbara Tate’s Latest Collection

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Thus far in 2021, Poet Barbara Tate has published two significant collections of haiku, tanka, and haibun. The first one, “far more than I ever was,” has already been reviewed on this blog. The second one, just released, “darkness in a noonday night,” has now crossed my desk. In reading and re-reading both books, it’s evident that Tate has mastered the aesthetics of Japanese-style poetry, its brevity and simple elegance about the “suchness” of everyday life.

Tate’s poetry appeals to not only the seasoned poet, but the beginning one or non-poet. The sentiments behind her poetry are something for everyone to appreciate. We delight in her observations and insights about life, and find ourselves nodding in recognition. (She writes many senryu focusing on human nature.)

Whether lyrical tanka, matter-of-fact haiku/senryu, or haibun, her work touches our hearts. We appreciate her rhythm, alliteration, and expert line breaks that lead us to the moment of revelation.

As Tate states in the Prologue of “darkness in a noonday night,” writing the Japanese-style forms of poetry have resulted in “a journey of discovery that has seen me through good times and the not so good.”

Below are just a few poems from “darkness in a noonday night”:


incoming storm

sitting on the sea-wall

me and a cranky sand crab

letting go of memories

one at a time


Haiku and senryu:



finishing the race

before my shadow


visiting hours

everyone brings their own




one day closer to the day

no one remembers me


blind date

reading the menu

prices first


winter’s chill

one more day of mother’s silence


wrapped in fog

the whisper of owl wings

above my head


Don’t miss reading Barbara Tate’s work from cover to cover. To order the collections of this gifted poet, you may reach her at: dbandr2006@gmail.com

Further, in her decades as an author, Tate has published many short stories and flash fiction, and has also published collections of lyric and narrative poetry.


Copyright 2021 by Charlotte Digregorio.




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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16 Responses to Special to The Daily Haiku: July 24, 2021–Review of Barbara Tate’s Latest Collection

  1. MaryJo says:

    thank you for alerting your readers to Barbara’s new book. I enjoyed the samples you chose very much.

  2. Barbara Tate says:

    Thank you, Charlotte. You words mean more to me than you’ll ever know and your kindness to me overwhelming.

  3. donnabauerly says:

    Barbara, you are a favorite of mine, and i can’t resist replying with a haiku I wrote a few years ago:

    crab grass
    my mood

    Your Tanka hit the spot, and your haiku are, as Raymond Roseliep would say, “top drawer.”
    Thanks for your sharing.

  4. Paul Beech says:

    Reading these sample poems from Barbara Tate’s new collection, I’m struck by how, in her tanka, the imagery perfectly reflects its wistful mood; and how, in her senryu, she offers a fresh take on the familiar. In her haiku, imagery and mood again synchronize… though I felt a prickle in my scalp INDUCED by her owl wings imagery!

    Altogether, impressive and inspiring. ‘darkness in a noonday night’ promises to be a fine book. Good luck with it, Barbara!

  5. Barbara Tate says:

    I want to thank each and everyone for the wonderful comments. Overwhelming and humbled…

  6. Maureen Weldon says:

    Dear Barbara Tate, I have read and reread your sample Tanka, Haiku, Senryu, from your book “darkness in a noonday night” they are wonderful.

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