Dear Haiku Maven, I have been getting personal email on a weekly basis from a haiku master. In the email I am asked to order the latest book by this master haiku poet and am directed to a book-order link.
Or I am told about an important haiku contest the master has just won. Or a review the master has published. Just once I would like the haiku master to email me and ask, “What’s new with you?” Am I asking too much?
Signed, Bitter and Resentful
Dear Bitter & Then Some, Allow me to borrow a little wisdom from F. Scott Fitzgerald about the rich and apply it to haiku masters: “They are different from you and me. Even when they enter deep into our world or sink below us, they still think that they are better than we are. They are different.” Yes, they are different. They have written more books, essays and reviews, won more awards for their work, judged more contests, etc. But for some haiku masters, common courtesy has been lost in the rise to the top. So the next time you get a promotional email from a haiku master, remember the power of the delete button.
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