Dear Readers and Followers:
If you write haiku and senryu, you’re most likely serious about getting them published and improving your skills. You need to write the best poems you’re capable of. And, if you’d like to teach haiku and senryu at any level, to adults and students alike, you need guidance. Having the right tools are essential.
I’m making a special offer so you can purchase my book, Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All. Act now, before a price increase, as this is just the book to get you writing, publishing, or teaching haiku and senryu!
If you purchase “Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All” directly from me, you’ll receive free shipping via USPS with your signed copy. (USA customers only). This reference book retails for $19.95.
Canadians, please inquire about your discount.
This offer ends July 18, 2022. Don’t delay! Free Shipping for USA customers will no longer be in effect after this date.
As an added bonus for all purchasers, I’ll provide an edit or revision of a haiku or senryu so that it will appear on this blog.
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Below are some of the best reviews of this book.
Thanks to all of you who’ve taken the time to read ALL my books and to comment through the years. It’s much appreciated. And thank you for reading this blog!
Keep writing . . .
Note: Charlotte Digregorio is a retired Writing and Foreign Language Professor, winner of 67 poetry awards, and a four-time nominee for Pushcart Prizes. She has more than 800 poems in print and writes 15 poetic forms. Digregorio has organized poetry conferences throughout the country, and speaks and gives workshops at national conferences. Her popular solo exhibits of healing poetry are featured at libraries, corporate buildings, hospitals, galleries, and park districts, among other venues.
Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All (232 pages)
It’s the book that launched thousands of haiku poets and haiku teachers!
An altogether brilliant work that must be read by anyone with so much as a passing interest in haiku. Charlotte Digregorio has penned a masterpiece! She has written the definitive guide to one of poetry’s most fascinating genres. This work belongs on the bookshelf of any poet who is serious about writing the kind of haiku that editors want to publish.
-–John J. Dunphy, Author and Poet, Touching Each Tree
This book is overall the best one out there on the subject. The amount of information is extraordinary and exceeds that found in any other book. In particular, the commentaries on selected poems are very good, intelligent, and sensitive, and really place keys into the hands of readers for unlocking the mysteries and joys of haiku literature–from its roots in Japan to its present robust evolution in English and other languages.
-–Michael McClintock, Award-Winning Author/Editor of Haiku & Tanka Books
Former President of The Tanka Society of America
If a book about haiku inspires the reader to create haiku, then Charlotte Digregorio’s Haiku and Senryu guide has done its job bountifully. Digregorio calls this “A Simple Guide for All” and she isn’t kidding. Her basic instruction simplifies the process of writing haiku without sacrificing the beauty and the pleasure that are essential. The examples of well-known haikuists shimmer with perfection! If you are interested in pursuing this lovely, subtle art form, THIS is the guide you need. Fantastic guide! I can’t believe how much I learned.
-–Robin Stratton, Editor, Boston Literary Magazine
Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All is exactly what it says it is: a way into the reading, writing and publishing of the world’s favorite genre. Premised on the idea that one doesn’t need to be a professional poet to enjoy it, Haiku and Senryu will inform you on why poets and non-poets alike love the genre; how to read them for maximum enjoyment; where they came from; how to organize them; and how to get them into print and other people’s heads. Whether a newbie or a seasoned veteran, you’re sure to come away with a deeper appreciation of the genre. And it’s also a considerable anthology of some of the best English-language haiku to be found.
–The Haiku Foundation
A strong overview of haiku. A wealth of material on how to introduce and teach haiku to children, college students, and interested adults. For busy teachers the material will make it easier to provide guidance to their students. Any teacher would be thrilled for the helpful guidance, examples, and tools for presenting the form to the next generation. The pain and work involved in creating one’s own lesson plans is gone with the author’s well-honed presentations.
The bibliography also contains a wealth of material. Buy a copy for teachers, students, or interested poets and just tell them to read it. This volume will not steer them wrong, and gives any reader something with meat to hang their hat on while they discover or further explore haiku. It will remain on my shelf.
–Mike Rehling, Book Reviewer, United Haiku and Tanka Society
Marvelous book! Marvelous insight. I truly enjoyed this book, being wonderfully surprised by the new information I didn’t know. The chapter on teaching haiku was especially great, since I’ve taught it, but by a different method. And, Charlotte Digregorio’s haiku often evoke a chuckle of wry recognition or stop you dead in your tracks from awe. She seems well acquainted with the quotidian’s variety of her days, from homeless folk, to nature’s evocation and to loss and sorrow.
-–Donna Bauerly, Professor Emeritus, Loras College
An energetic and comprehensive guide by a prolific writer and educator with insightful perspectives and a generous sampling of published haiku and senryu. This practical guide is delivered in a relaxed, conversational tone so that the lessons and examples are informative and easily accessible. Extensive appendices and bibliography.
–Frogpond, Journal of the Haiku Society of America
This book will hook the beginning reader and leave them wanting more. The book demystifies the genre. It offers haiku that are accessible and doable. The “Getting Published” section offers some good tips on submitting to and building a relationship with editors. The large reference section with bibliography of educational books, anthologies, collections, journals, and websites will be of great value to beginning readers.
–Paul Miller, Editor of Modern Haiku
I honor the work Charlotte Digregorio has done on behalf of English-language haiku in Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All. She has a gift for writing clearly, concentrating on what matters beyond passing controversy. As for her own fresh and gritty poems, Digregorio has the courage to face the truth about love, loss, aging, birth/death and the upside down nature of life—the full catastrophe. Expect to be challenged and invigorated.
–Dr. Robert Epstein, Psychologist
Author, Checkout Time is Noon: Death Awareness Haiku
A couple of the many sterling qualities of Charlotte Digregorio’s haiku include perceptive observance of natural phenomena and penetrating insights into human nature, frequently with a delightful, wry humor in the latter category, along with deep compassion in others.
–Robert Spiess, Editor of Modern Haiku
Anyone can benefit from this book’s simple, clear advice. Digregorio offers time-tested, yet fresh and flexible pedagogy–actual lesson plans for those who wish to teach haiku. Intermediate and advanced practitioners will benefit from reminders of simple concepts long forgotten or never learned. We are given new ways to think about the poetry we read.
–Speed Bump Journal
Offers excellent advice on haiku writing It is a great book and has helped many of us in our haiku journey, and doubtless will for many years to come.
–Andy McLellan, UK Poet and Author, birth/stones: Selected Haiku and Haibun