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S is for Haiku Poet Alan Summers, #AtoZChallenge #ZtoA


Alan Summers 

Alan Summers, Wiltshire, England, is President of the United Haiku and Tanka Society, and co-founder of Call of the Page, here.

Alan will be bringing out his book Writing Poetry: the haiku way later in 2018.


Here is one of his award-winning haiku:


the scent of rain
birdsong stretches
as far as Mars


© Alan Summers (Yamadera Basho Memorial Museum Selected Haiku Anthology, Japan 2017)

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Award-Wining Children's Poet, Author, Wildlife and Climate enthusiast, NPD Ambassador, blogger and owner of Lola the retired alert dog and Paddy the alert dog in training. Books include CLiPPA shortlisted Being Me, Poems about Thoughts, Worries and Feelings, Editor of Shaping the World, Author of Be the Change, Apes to Zebras, The Same Inside, Reaching the Stars and Animal Magic. I visit schools, libraries, literary festivals via Zoom and give lessons on writing poetry for children. @Lizpoet

11 thoughts on “S is for Haiku Poet Alan Summers, #AtoZChallenge #ZtoA

  1. Thanks for inviting me onto this incredible project!

    I’ve been involved in many haiku projects and events for schoolchildren and youngsters, including a 1000 verse poem of haiku and related verses in both the City of Bath, and the wonderfully friendly Hull in the North of England. 🙂

    I regularly run online workshops in haiku (and related genres) with my wife and poet Karen Hoy, as well as leading ginko (haiku walking & writing) events such as this one this April:

    Towards the later end of 2018 I’ll be doing a ginko in Swindon too!

    What is a ginko?
    The last five minutes show you one we did in Bradford on Avon, filmed by NHK TV of Japan:

    My Area 17 blog is packed with information about haiku:

    And we do various kinds of learning/courses in haiku etc…

    warmest regards,



      1. Ah, yes, petrichor, a great word! I’ve used it a few times in my haiku, including this one based in Central Queensland, near Toowoomba, on a sheep station. I really did see a green sunset, and a big wonderful moon rise too!

        petrichor this green sunsets in yesterday

        ]One line haiku aka monoku]

        Alan Summers
        Does Fish-God Know (YTBN Press 2012)

        I think it’s imperative for children to know both simple basic words (and a wide range of them) as well as a few more complex words. I’ve witnessed enough children and youngsters around 10-12 use complex words that also helps enrich adults who might avoid them unnecessarily.

        warm regards,


    1. Thank you so much Nick, and that you and Liz saw so much in this, and that’s what I hoped for and intended. Our child-brain should never go away, as it works so well in tandem with our adult brain, each giving checks and balances to enrich our lives.

      Deeply appreciate your comments!

      warm regards,


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