Daily Haiku Special: May 10, 2023 – Book Announcement by Paul Beech

The following are sample poems from Curlew Sunset by Paul Beech of Wales. His new collection, just released, features a range of Japanese forms: haiku, senryu, tanka, and haibun. The book has 83 pages. The author’s work is often featured on this blog.

Readers interested in purchasing a copy from Beech should contact him at paulbeech@msn.com.

first snow

flurries from my boyhood

waltz in the wind

sunset beach

father and son skim stones

over the golden tide

the song of the surf

their anthem

dandelion clocks she dances through time

art books

on the coffee table . . .

far below our window

dawn fire

lights the estuary

E equals MC squared?

I need another rubber duck down to win a prize.  But I’m sure this gun has a dodgy sight.  I squeeze the trigger gently, and miss.  That’s me done.  Now where’s my kid bro got to?  Neil Sedaka’s ‘Calendar Girl’ is booming out above the clatter of slot-machines.

Ah, there he is, working his system.  He pulls the one-armed-bandit’s one arm, wins another jackpot and scoops up his cash.  He’s a genius, Kid Bro, a mathematical genius.  Even finding a flaw in Einstein’s ‘Theory of Relativity’, to the total bafflement of his math teacher.

Ricky Nelson is singing ‘Hello Mary Lou’ as we exit the amusements arcade, myself broke, Kid Bro clinking coppers and silver.

He buys me an ice cream.

long years in a care home

vague recognition

in his one good eye

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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24 Responses to Daily Haiku Special: May 10, 2023 – Book Announcement by Paul Beech

  1. clivebennett796 says:

    Some more wonderfully evocative poems here from Paul. A copy is on my birthday wish list. Can’t wait to read it.

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  3. Maureen Weldon says:

    So proud of my you my wonderful Haikai poet Paul! Congratulations on the publication of Curlew Sunset. All my love, Maureen xxx

  4. Maureen Weldon says:

    PS Am rewriting above as the window cleaner barged in to clean the window, hence above result.
    So here it is again!
    So proud of you my wonderful Haikai poet Paul! Congratulations on the publication of “Curlew Sunset”.
    All my love, Maureen xxxx

  5. Huge congrats, 🎉🎈🎊 Paul!

  6. Excellent verses. Congratulations on your book.

  7. Al W Gallia says:

    Paul, I am so happy to see your wonderful poems published in your new book! Your style and themes have always connected with me. Congrats!

  8. Paul Beech says:

    Dear Charlotte,

    Many thanks for running my book announcement on your brilliant blog.

    Huge thanks also to all who’ve responded with likes or comments. I truly appreciate your interest in my newly published debut haikai collection, ‘Curlew Sunset’.

    My very best to you all and take care,


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