mythical river

the colors of the sun

up to moonrise

Alan Summers

Read and enjoy the excellent and perceptive commentary of this haiku by Miriam Sagan.

Miriam's Well: Poetry, Land Art, and Beyond


mythical river

the colors of the sun

up to moonrise

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This haiku is very evocative, but it has hidden subtlety. The description of the river as “mythical” seems to put us in the realm of the fairy tale, or imagination. And yet I am reading it as a real river, made supernatural by the play of light. The colors of the sun can be day merging into sunset until the moon rises. Both sun and moon share the sky, which is in itself archetypical–a kind of East of The Sun and West of The Moon feeling. These cosmic sources saturate the small poem and it is colorful–although none of the colors is ever described directly. It is the reader who provides this reaction shot.
How lovely!

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flamingo preening its haiku courses

Booking is now open for Haiku at Slimbridge; a visit to the famous wildlife sanctuary in Gloucestershire, in the south west of England, where Call of the Page will be holding a haiku poetry workshop and ginko on April 6th 2019.

More information about the event at Slimbridge Wetland Centre:

https://www.callofthepage.org/events/haiku-at-slimbridge/

Many thanks for interview, and I hope it encourages even more people to enjoy haiku, and in their own way too! warm regards, Alan

Haiku Commentary

We have a special edition this time around, as we have an interview with Alan Summers: founder of the organization Call of the Page, President of the United Haiku and Tanka Society, Japan Times award-winning writer, and Pushcart Prize nominated poet. We are honored to have him for our first interview on Haiku Commentary.

alan summers © Call of the Page

Key: AS=Alan Summers, NK=Nicholas Klacsanzky, HA=Hifsa Ashraf, LF=Lucia Fontana

NK: So, to begin the interview, I would like to ask you about what first attracted you to haiku, and what continues to inspire you to write haiku and related forms of poetry?

AS: I believe I heard a haiku being read in my old home town of Bristol (England) but it didn’t register. A year later I moved to Queensland, Australia, and I was reading a lot of poetry books, trying to grasp all the forms.

I was in…

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callofthepage ORG version

We currently have the following haiku online courses for you!

The Sound of Haiku, starting Thursday January 24th 2019. Booking now open! For more information, payment and booking, press here.

Introducing… Haiku!, starting Thursday January 31st 2019. Booking now open!For more information, payment and booking, press here.

Intermediate Haiku (Longer Course), starting Thursday April 4th 2019. Booking now open! For more information, payment and booking, press here.

Alan & Karen, Call of the Page:

https://www.callofthepage.org/learning/haiku-courses/

 

A haiku preening itself, getting ready for 2019!

flamingo preening its haiku courses

flamingo photo©Alan Summers 2018

I hope you all enjoy this unusual ‘train’ journey. If you haven’t heard of Kate Bush you are in for a treat. Here is the title track (which contains blackbird braille): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pocXNt9D64

enjoy the track while you’re reading my poems!

warm regards,
Alan

Charlotte Digregorio's Writer's Blog

It’s Alan Summers’ Week once again. Alan is from the UK. Those of you who are avid readers of The Daily Haiku know that I regularly run Alan’s haiku and senryu, and often feature a week’s worth of his poetry. I have posted seven of his poems to last you the whole week, today through Sunday, Dec. 9.

We hope you enjoy these seven poems, and we do, in fact, enjoy comments about all posted poems.

Thanks to all for your readership!

train journey
the spreadsheet
of city lights

Stardust, Issue 22, October 2018

night frost . . .
each breath holds
an owl’s hoot

Stardust, Issue 20, August 2018

starlight
the sharp tang
of thorn

TroutswirlA Sense of Place

The Haiku Foundation, October 2018


a dog fox slips
into snowflakes…
blackbird-braille

after Kate Bush

note: ‘after Kate Bush’ in italics

blackbird-braille is a term created by Kate…

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Capturing the cycle of the meadow behind my house haiku by haiku.

Charlotte Digregorio's Writer's Blog

haymaking
the meadow packed
with blue sky

 

by Alan Summers (UK)

Troutswirl –Sense of Place: Meadow

Sept. 16, 2018

 

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Touching on the differences between the early verses of Basho etc… and the modern ‘invention’ of haiku from the 19th century and into our current society.