Daily Haiku: Oct. 23, 2021

last light

the slipstream of swallows

over my shoulder

by Paul Beech (Wales)

Blithe Spirit, Vol. 31, No. 2, May 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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20 Responses to Daily Haiku: Oct. 23, 2021

  1. Maureen Weldon says:

    A very beautiful nature haiku written by my darling Paul.
    From, Maureen xx

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  3. donnabauerly says:

    Paul, I often look for your insightful and encouraging comments.
    Your haiku is haunting, the “s” repeated is conjuring. I can feel the “slipstream.”
    I was immediately reminded of Rudyard Kipling’s deeply lovely “The Seal’s Lullaby.”
    Hope you find it online and read it aloud as I have done to so many 1st year captive college students.
    Blessings, Paul.

    • Paul Beech says:

      Dear Donna,

      That you should find so much in my swallows haiku, even a parallel with Rudyard Kipling’s “The Seal’s Lullaby”, delights me more than I can say. I’ve just read the Kipling and love it – those “slow-swinging seas”!

      I really did feel the slipstream of those swallows over my shoulder and hoped this detail, coupled with my triple-“s” alliteration, would put the reader right there with me, sharing the moment.

      Many thanks for your wonderful comment.



    • Thanks for this comment, Donna!

  4. John Looker says:

    That’s nice. It’s one that makes you stop and wonder … !

  5. clivebennett796 says:

    A brilliant and awesome haiku Paul. I wish I had thought of it first 😊. It’s happened to me a couple of times. It’s a wonderful feeling when just standing you can suddenly be surrounded by Swallows – you daren’t move! You hold your breath. And then they are gone, away with the wind.

  6. Paul Beech says:

    Thank you, dear Charlotte, for featuring my swallows haiku on your brilliant blog.

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

    Best wishes to you all. Have a good Sunday.


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