Diving into the haiku pond

Haiku can be a slippery thing, but the form has grown in popularity the world over, with many fine journals now dedicated to publishing haiku and other Japanese forms. So for those wanting to dive a little deeper into the haiku pond, I will be leading people through a workshop this Friday night at the delightful Valori Espresso Lounge, that begins by exploring some of the (many) definitions of haiku, including my favourite by Jack Kerouac:

I propose that the “Western Haiku” simply say a lot in three short lines in any western language. Above all, a haiku must be very simple and free of poetic trickery and make a little picture and yet be as airy and graceful as a Vivaldi Pastorella.

Together, we will then bust a few myths about the need to count syllables, discuss the fragment and phrase theory, explore the concepts of wabi and sabi, examine 8 techniques for writing quality haiku used by many of the haiku masters and then finally look at some techniques for revising your work and places to publish.

This workshop runs as a precursor to the June Full Moon Ginko which I will be leading from Valori Espresso Lounge on Friday June 17.

There are still limited places left in both the workshop and the ginko. Each session is priced at $20 each, so if you would like to book a spot you can contact Therese and Maurizio at valoriespressoloungeandgallery@hotmail.com

Valori Espresso Lounge is located at 71C Landsborough Ave, Scarborough.

The workshop runs from 6:30pm – 8pm.

Here’s two recent haiku from my trip to Blackall:

                                                                   first frost
                                                                   the silence
                                                                   of each white breath


                                                                   road home
                                                                   a crow’s wing waves
                                                                   up from the tar


Filed under events & opportunities, poetry

2 responses to “Diving into the haiku pond

  1. Wish I could attend. I’m new to Haiku but the form is growing on me.

  2. Love the haiku (esp., the second one – the line ‘up from the tar’ comes as a twist, but is such a common sight on the road that it is a perfect image).

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