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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,

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

the sharp tang
of thorn

TroutswirlA Sense of Place

The Haiku Foundation, October 2018

a dog fox slips
into snowflakes…

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

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.

The use of grammar to empower further what appears to be a simple three line verse, but is far from that.

Charlotte Digregorio's Writer's Blog

in his arms . . .

the scent of jasmine

till the morning

by Kohana (Marta Chocilowska, Poland)

Chrysanthemum, 17, April 2015

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A commentary on a quintessential English Summer haiku.

Haiku Commentary

juniper the tether end of larksong

© Alan Summers (UK)

(Poetry & Place anthology issue 1 ed. Ashley Capes and Brooke (Close-Up Books, April 2016)

I really love the imagery of the juniper and larksong. Larksong itself is a strong image created by fusing a visual and audible image!

The brevity of the poem makes it very direct, but I feel there is much more to it than can be seen at first glance…

…It took me a few reads to see what is going on, but I can see how the wonderful song of the bird is drawing the observer/reader in close, like the juniper berries are drawing in the lark. The song is making the observer/reader take a look at the natural scene—beyond the everyday view, deep into a wondrous microcosm, a symbiosis of the bird and tree, the bird eating the berries, spreading the juniper seeds through…

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I was doubly honoured when LeRoy Gorman selected this haiku in his last term as editor, and that Nicholas Klacsanzky knew of the haiku long before it was accepted, and was keen to run this commentary.

And to Donna, who has been so supportive of my work.

word pond

Alan Summers

Haiku Canada Review, vol. 11, no. 2, (October 2017) ed. LeRoy Gorman

Source: Alan Summers’ Sparrow – Haiku Commentary

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