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Reading and Writing Haiku — It’s Not Just 17 Syllables! In the reading and writing of haiku, we explore the idea that haiku are not only a form of poetry, but also work as meditation, memoir, photograph, discovery, and humor. Haiku illuminate the connection between ourselves and others, the natural world, and even inanimate objects.
Muirhead reviews the early Japanese masters (Buson, Issa, Basho) and the influence of the Imagist poets including Ezra Pound and William Carlos Williams on the form. We then look at haiku by a diverse list of other writers – Jack Kerouac, Gary Snyder, Jim Harrison, Ted Kooser, and Billy Collins – and then move on to study current practitioners of haiku and the journals featuring their work.
And, of course, we will write haiku, knowing that the best of them just “happen” to an open mind and spirit, to a writer that reads, practices, pays attention to the world at hand, and waits for the flash.
sponsored by ZEN by Karen Moore