#44 Haiku and Bio by Alan Summers, 2017 April 24th

Chanokeburi Selectec Haiku 2

rain then sun. . .
the kingfisher’s lustre
in a heartbeat

pioggia poi sole
lo splendore di un martin  pescatore
in una battito

Alan Summers,

Chippenham, Wiltshire, UK

Alan Summers is President of the United Haiku and Tanka Society; a double
Japan Times award-winning writer; recipient of the Ritsumeikan University
of Kyoto Peace Museum Award for haiku (1998); and a Pushcart Prize
nominated poet. He is co-founder of Call of the Page which runs online
courses in haiku and haibun. His latest book Writing Poetry: The Haiku Way
is due out later in 2017.”Widely known haiku poet…as dry as vintage champagne”
Yomiuri Shimbun, 16th September 2002 (newspaper article published for my
birthday while I was in Tokyo)Interview with Sonic Boom magazine about the white paintings of haiku:
http://media.wix.com/ugd/61020d_87ad491fe433421b87e2a87033aca1ad.pdfNHK TV of Japan filmed Alan for a feature called Europe meets Japan – Alan’s
Haiku Journey: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VS36AGVI6sShort biography:
http://www.unitedhaikuandtankasociety.com/biographies.htmlBiography and list of essays and articles:
Alan Summers è il Presidente della United Haiku and Tanka Society; uno scrittore vincitore per ben due volte del Japan Times award, beneficiario dello Haiku Award dell’ Università Ritsumeikan del Museo della Pace di Kyoto  (1998); un poeta nominato per il Premio Pushcart.
È il co-fondatore di Call of the Page che dà corsi online di haiku e haibun.
Il suo ultimo libro Writing Poetry, The Haiku Way, uscirà
nel 2017 inoltrato.Di lui Yomiuri Shimbun ha detto :
“Poeta di haiku ampiamente conosciuto … come uno champagne secco e vintage”
(16 Settembre 2002, pubblicato in un articolo di giornale in occasione del suo compleanno in visita a Tokyo)Intervista con la rivista Sonic Boom a proposito dei dipinti bianchi nello haiku:
http://media.wix.com/ugd/61020d_87ad491fe433421b87e2a87033aca1ad.pdfNHK TV Giapponese filma Alan per una pubblicazione  chiamata L’Europa incontra il Giappone – Alan’s
Haiku Journey: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VS36AGVI6s Una breve biografia:
http://www.unitedhaikuandtankasociety.com/biographies.htmlBiografia e lista di saggi e articoli :

selected and translated by Lucia Fontana

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Photo by Gianni Rossi

Martin Pescatori by Gianni Rossi


6 comments on “#44 Haiku and Bio by Alan Summers, 2017 April 24th

  1. Marvelous ku !
    I’ve really been caught by this poem . You float from natural elements – water and fire – to a air’s creature ending on yourself, earth’ s one. . .
    The embrace with life and the Tao is in evidence, but at a first sight we can be just amazed by the beauty showed in the matching of images. A journey, a wonderland poem straight to the heart. Thank You for having submitted to Chanokeburi this haiku-pearl dear Alan Summers!

    My most heartfelt congratulations !

    Lucia Fontana

    1. Wow, thank you!

      The River Kingfisher is an iconic bird of Britain, as are so many of the family related birds around the world from Australia to Sri Lanka.

      warm regards,

  2. Lucia:
    The pairing of the photo is well done.

    The second kingfisher haiku I’ve read of yours.
    I suppose there are more.

    Jan Benson

    1. Thank you!

      I’ve written three others, and surprised I haven’t written more. Again, the above haiku is one from direct experience. They are amazing bullets of bright turquoise belting up the river, and to increase the alliteration a blur of tropical water droplets. I was lucky enough to go on a boat tour, nothing more than a skiff, just Karen and myself and guides, along the mangrove river. To see almost every kind of kingfisher (and kookaburras) in a short stretch was incredible.

      rain ceases
      as I leave the sycamore…
      one more kingfisher

      Alan Summers
      Blithe Spirit vol. 14 no. 4 (2004)

      kingfisher summer
      the weight of sunshine
      on water

      Alan Summers
      Yamadera Basho Memorial Museum, 2013 Yamadera Basho Memorial Museum English Haiku

      splitting the sky
      a kingfisher lifts a branch
      off the breeze

      Alan Summers
      Award Credit: Best of Mainichi 2014 (Japan)

      I feel that this haiku is much closer to capturing what I see and experience so far:

      rain then sun. . .
      the kingfisher’s lustre
      in a heartbeat

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