Online internet courses by Call of the Page

Are you interested in a Call of the Page course? We run courses on haiku; tanka; tanka stories/prose; haibun; shahai; and other genres.

Please email Karen or Alan at our joint email address:
We will let you know more about these courses.

Call of the Page (Alan & Karen)

Friday, June 29, 2012

ekphrastic haiku - Quilting Bee by Henry Mosler circa 1916-1917

Quilting Bee by Henry Mosler circa 1916-1917 

Henry Mosler
New York, New York 1841-1920 

Quilting bee–
an expert with the needle
she forgets her loss 

Alan Summers
Published: Asahi Shimbun, Japan (2012) 

Biography of Henry Mosler 

Gustave Mosler brought his family, including young Henry, to the United States in 1849. The Moslers, like many of their fellow German Jews, escaped the political unrest in their homeland that followed the revolutions of 1848 by settling in Midwestern communities, in this case Cincinnati, Ohio. There, the Moslers became leaders in their community and eventually developed a national reputation based on the family business—the manufacture of safes. 

Henry Mosler studied in Cincinnati with portrait and genre painter James Beard for two years and covered the Western theater of the Civil War as an artist-correspondent for Harper's Monthly. He studied for three years in Düsseldorf and Paris before returning home to begin his career. In 1874, Mosler again traveled to Paris, but remained for twenty years this time and developed a reputation for his paintings of Breton peasant life. Mosler's final homecoming to his adopted country came in 1894. In that year he set up a studio in New York City and turned his attention to historical genre with the same eye for detail that marked his earlier work. Paintings such as Pilgrims Grace (the painting that won the artist life membership to the National Arts Club of New York) and Quilting Bee draw upon Mosler's Breton experiences to create a realistic vision of the preindustrial past for modern America.


William H. Truettner and Roger B. Stein, editors, with contributions by Dona Brown, Thomas Andrew Denenberg, Judith K. Maxwell, Stephen Nissenbaum, Bruce Robertson, Roger B. Stein, and William H. Truettner Picturing Old New England: Image and Memory (Washington, D.C.; New Haven, Conn; and London: National Museum of American Art with Yale University Press, 1999)

Information by Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The In-Between Season haiku pamphlet will be launched at An Evening of Haiku with Tom Lowenstein and Alan Summers at the Royal Crescent Hotel


The In-Between Season
With Words Pamphlet Series

This pamphlet is dedicated to my wife, haiku poet and so much more,. Thank you for all the love and support over the years.

The pamphlet is also dedicated to:

Bill Higginson (1938-2008) 
Always greatly missed, and an inspiration, Bill (William J. Higginson) was considered to be the foremost American authority on haiku, as well as famous as the co-author of The Haiku Handbook: How to Write, Share, and Teach Haiku, and author of Haiku World: An International Poetry Almanac and The Haiku Seasons: Poetry of the Natural World.

The Haiku Handbook is one of the most widely-read English-language haiku books.

Janice Bostok (1942-2011)
The First Lady of Australian Haiku, and a hugely supportive friend and colleague in my early career.  She is still greatly missed by me.

Hidenori Hiruta
Founder, and Akita International Haiku Network Secretary General (Japan) who regularly translates my work into Japanese with a panache I will always treasure.

powdered snow–
a crow’s eyes above
the no parking sign

Alan Summers
Joint Winner, Haiku International Association 10th Anniversary Haiku Contest 1999 (Japan)

Publication credits: The Mie Times (Japan 1999); Haiku International magazine (Japan 1999)

Alan Summers is co-founder of Call of the Page that offers online courses in haiku; haibun; senryu; tanka; and shahai.

Details of our various types of courses:

Monday, June 25, 2012

Through a Glass Darkly: haiku at the Quest Gallery

Through a Glass Darkly 
a stunning new exhibition at the Quest Gallery, Bath
  • The work of five Slovakian Glass Masters
  • Zoltan Bohus  ‘Dark Secret’
  • Paintings and works on Paper by Barrington Tobin

Private View
Wednesday 27th June 6.00pm –- 7.30pm

Followed by a special event at the Royal Crescent Hotel:

An Evening of Haiku with Tom Lowenstein and Alan Summers
As part of the gallery's new workshop and events programme, a 5 week haiku course has been running at Quest Gallery.  For the last few weeks, over 15 participants have been creating their own haiku in response to the gallery's changing exhibition programme.

In celebration of this and to continue to bring together these very different but complementary art forms, Quest Gallery invite you to An Evening of Haiku on Wed 27 June to take place at The Royal Crescent Hotel after their private view.

There will be guest speakers, celebrated poet and author, Tom Lowenstein and award winning Japan Times writer, Alan Summers, as well as the opportunity to hear the participants perform their own poetry.

Tickets are £10 each

There will be Through a Glass Darkly art gallery catalogues with haiku available on the night, which make great souvenirs of what promises to be an amazing insight into haiku poetry.

To book for the special event at the Royal Crescent Hotel please contact Sarah Jenkins:
or call Quest Gallery on: 01225 444142 

or why not drop in and enjoy the current exhibition:

Royal Crescent Hotel/An Evening of Haiku Event details

Date: Wed 27 June
Time: 8pm
Venue: Sheridan Room, Royal Crescent Hotel, Bath

Join us and hear about how classic haiku came about, and what contemporary haiku has been up to in Japan.

Enjoy reading and hearing haiku created at Quest Gallery by the participants.

silhouettes of bamboo
at the edge of the garden
we swap stories

Alan Summers

 images©Quest Gallery 2012

Thursday, June 14, 2012

An Evening of Haiku with Tom Lowenstein and Alan Summers at the Royal Crescent Hotel, Bath

The Haiku Event at The Royal Crescent Hotel
with Tom Lowenstein and Alan Summers
16 The Royal Crescent, Bath, England, U.K.
Wednesday 27 June starting 8pm

For information and to book

contact Sarah Jenkins, Projects Coordinator at Quest Gallery:

Tel. No.        01225 444142

Tickets are £10 each and places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment. 

Quest Gallery event page:

Quest Gallery contact page:  

  Royal Crescent Hotel:

For further Information:

Talks will be given on classic and contemporary haiku in Japan and the West, plus an overview of the haiku course at the Quest Gallery, and a reading from our incredible haiku course participants.

Quest Gallery catalogues that include a selection of the haiku created during the course will be available to purchase at the event alongside the With Words Haiku Journal notebook if you are inspired to write some haiku afterwards!

Looking forward to seeing you!

Alan, With Words

Visit this great website with more photos of the hotel.   

Jane Austen Today: Staying in Bath's Most Luxurious Hotel in the Royal Crescent: 


Saturday, June 09, 2012

Alan Summers is a prize winner for the Japan Times Community Anniversary Haiku Competition 2012

I've just been told I'm a joint winner of the Japan Times Community Anniversary Haiku Competition.

the end of summer
tsukutsuku-bôshi heard
at suma temple

There is a legend that if the tsukutsukubôshi cicadas are heard to sing at Sumadera (Suma Temple) during late Summer that there is a small and special 'inbetween season' between Summer and Autumn.

I was fortunate to hear them sing at Sumadera in September 2002.

Here's an Image and sound recording: