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)

Saturday, January 25, 2014

A small selection of sky haiku by Alan Summers

haiku by Alan Summers, artwork by Angelee Deodhar

each of us born
with a number of breaths-
swallow flight

Alan Summers

Publication Credits:
Pulse—voices from the heart of medicine (inaugural haiku, October 2013)

bleu roi
a thousand flying foxes
quarter the moon

Alan Summers

Anthology credit:
Haiku World: An International Poetry Almanac ed. William Higginson (Kodansha International 1996)

Tribute: The Heron’s Nest Volume X, Number 4 (December, 2008 Celebrating Bill Higginson)

down side streets -
gulls turning the sky
in and out

Alan Summers

Publication credits: Presence 10 (1999)

Anthology credits: The New Haiku (Snapshot Press, 2002); The Disjunctive Dragonfly, a New Approach to English-Language Haiku by Richard Gilbert (Red Moon Press 2012) [Elemental Animism p80]; Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years. ed. Jim Kacian, Allan Burns & Philip Rowland (W. W. Norton & Company 2013)

Feature: seagull haiku blog collection ed. laryalee fraser (2006)
Award Credit: Haiku Presence webpage Editor's Choice 5

in the river reflection
he watches himself
watch the sunset

Alan Summers

Publication credit: paper wasp (Australia, Spring/Oct 1997)

Anthology: Haiku Enlightenment ed. Gabriel Rosenstock
Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009
ISBN (10): 1-4438-0521-1, ISBN (13): 978-1-4438-0521-6
Page 54: There is a relaxed feeling of lightness – karumi – in the above haiku, employing everyday syntax and easily recognised imagery. Karumi became Basho’s ideal in the final phase of his development. Comment by Gabriel Rosenstock

into his overcoat
the winter sky

Alan Summers

Publication credits: Still (1998)
Award credits: Runner up, still magazine haiku competition (1998)

malibu sunset -
a disposable camera
lifted to the birds

Alan Summers

Publication credits: In Buddha’s Temple (March 2002)
Award credits: 2nd Place, In Buddha’s Temple (2002)

misted over river
the Humber Bridge
links to Heaven

Alan Summers
Publications credits: haijinx volume IV, issue 1 (2011)

hard-blue sky
the ghost touch of rain
on sloe-eyed horses

Alan Summers
Publications credits: BlitheSpirit (Vol 22 No. 3 2012)


Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Residential Week-end Course just outside London: The Holistic Approach to haiku: self-development through poetry with Alan Summers

We have a wonderful group of people that have booked up, with some more enquiries that Claridge House are answering.
Look forward to seeing everyone over tea/coffee and biscuits (plus a wider range of hot refreshments, cordials etc...)
when we all meet up for the first time, and first day of the weekend course. 

Residential Week-end Course just outside London:

The Holistic Approach to haiku:
self-development through poetry
with Alan Summers

Friday to Sunday 21st- 23rd February 2014
Claridge House
Dormans Road, Lingfield, Surrey, RH7 6QH
Registered Charity no. 228102.

Tel.  0845 345 7281 or 01342 832 150

You can phone Claridge House to ask about the course, and they'll have an info sheet I designed for them, so they can answer your questions about haiku poetry: 

0845 345 7281
01342 832 150

A friendly inclusive course that finds out just what makes a haiku poem really tick.  We'll look at how our experiences, both external and spiritual, can become haiku, and act as important records of our life.

There will be time for plenty of one-to-one feedback, and group discussions with lots of time for questions.

Plus there will be a debut of a number of new approaches to haiku to help both newcomers and those still learning.    A lot has happened with haiku in the last handful of years, and I'll show how we keep the traditional form but in Japanese style update it at the same time.

We'll also check out the popular new Yotsumonos derived from Chinese puzzle-poems for fun, and finish the course with the ever popular linked verse poem called renga.

Here’s the schedule of participation time from last time including:

meal breaks, rest breaks, tea, coffee and scrumptious cake and biscuit breaks, oh you lucky people, the food and refreshments are out of this world and available for those who are non-gluten, non-wheat, non-dairy, and vegetarian and vegan diets.

I love all the diets provided, and diet means lots of food if you want, but beware second and third helpings are addictive.

For more information

Alan Summers is a Japan Times award-winning writer and was awarded a Ritsumeikan University of Kyoto Peace Museum Award for haiku.

More bio details:

We also run:

Online Haiku Courses, tanka, and other genres:

We also run our regular and popular online With Words courses in haiku and tanka. 

For further details contact Karen at:


Thursday, January 02, 2014

Online haiku poetry workshops starting in February 2014

A very successful February haiku session!

For details about online haiku sessions through the rest of 2014 please don't hesitate to contact Karen:

Karen's email:

We have now started receiving bookings for the February online haiku class.

If you are interested in details and quotes from our wonderful students and participants please do contact Karen.

Karen's email:

warm regards,