Delighted that Japan’s national television service (NHK) did a feature on me as a professional haiku poet.

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Alan Summers is an extraordinary haiku poet and teacher of the haiku and halibun forms. I return to his bright, imaginative and free-ranging voice again and again in his haiku book, “Does Fish-God Know?”  I’m holding out for a collected volume of his haiku. One can dream . . .  – Donna Fleischer

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Although you could say I am a free form or modern haiku writer, I do love writing them in a 5-7-5 English syllable pattern too! 🙂

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an oxeye daisy
swinging overhead starlings
in metallic song

by Alan Summers

Selected Haiku Collection

8th Yamadera Bashō Memorial Museum English Haiku Contest, 2016

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This haiku came about from a writing challenge to write about concrete images from a single window view on a single day.

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Easter Sunday
a For Sale sign leans
into birdsong

by Alan Summers
tinywords, 16.1, March 2016

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This is a literal haiku, from an evening pitstop spent at Four Ways Station in the Northern Territory of Australia. Of course there are always other layers to explore in the poem. 🙂

Alan

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sun-scarred desert
a rough tongued cat
scans the yard

by Alan Summers
Blithe Spirit, Winter issue, 26.4, 2016

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There is something about Autumn/Fall because there is beauty, and there is sorrow.

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we shift and turn
the migrating clocks
fallen leaves

by Alan Summers
Right Hand Pointing, Issue 107

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Our new home, a small 1930s house, will be a world of trees; bramble; and hedgerow, almost fairytale.

Alan

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new home
she promises me the world
in a lilac tree

by Alan Summers
Hedgerow, #99, (Homecomings sequence)

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I am also delighted that the winning haibun will be featured in a new magazine that includes haibun as well as free verse poetry and flash fiction which will be due out around April 2017.

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Berlin afternoon
the rain in your hair
passing time

by Alan Summers
WonderFold Contest Winner for Haibun, January 2017

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