In celebration of National Haiku Poetry Day!
Is a haiku simply an observed moment of nature expressed in 17 syllables arranged 5-7-5? Easy enough to write these micro poems, then—or is it? Over the centuries and around the globe, this Japanese literary form has attracted many practitioners, young and old alike, but what does it take to become a master? Exploring the haiku of “the Great Four”—Matsuo Bashō, Kobayashi Issa, Masaoka Shiki, Yosa Buson—and modern American haiku poets, we’ll discuss what makes a haiku work as poetry, a discernment applicable to poems of all sizes. And we’ll practice the masters’ precise ways of seeing and saying, writing our own haiku and cultivating our attention to the multilayered world around us.
NOTE: The replay video will be emailed to all registrants within 24 hours post-session to view at your convenience if you can’t attend “live.”
MARJ HAHNE is a freelance editor and writing teacher, and a 2015 MFA graduate from the Rainier Writing Workshop, with a concentration in poetry. She has performed and taught at over 100 venues around the country, as well as been featured on public radio and television programs. Her poems have appeared in literary journals, anthologies, art exhibits, and dance performances. www.MarjHahne.com / Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MarjHahne / YouTube: https://bit.ly/2LxHUG2