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Clark Strand: Celebrate the Season with Haiku: An Online Equinox Weekend Retreat
Check out Clark Strand’s free recorded program, Whatever You Can Get Away With In 17 Syllables: An Introduction to Haiku, and his articles on Centerpost, Plop!: On Bashō’s Most Famous Haiku and Haiku and the Art of Play.
6:00- 8:00pm EST Friday night, first session
Our workshop begins on Friday night by covering the basics of haiku: its form, its seasonal subject matter, and that little spark of wit or insight that is essential to every good poem. By the end of the evening, participants will be ready to write haiku of their own.
9:15am -12:15pm EST Saturday, second session
Saturday begins with a discussion of the different ways of “finding” a haiku. This will be followed by a period of writing time. The morning session concludes with participants sharing their haiku with the group, receiving positive feedback about the poems that worked.
3:15-6:15pm EST Saturday, third session
The afternoon repeats this pattern, but with a difference. Now we will be learning how to use “season words” in our haiku. Following the writing period, each poet will read the poems they liked the best from this exercise, and we will use these to explore what makes a good seasonal poem.
7:45-10pm EST Saturday, fourth session
Our evening gathering takes the form of a ku-kai, or traditional haiku meeting where participants submit their poems anonymously and vote on their favorites, stating briefly what they liked about each poem. This is how poets learn their craft in Japan.
9:00am-1:00pm EST Sunday, fifth session
On Sunday, we will take a ginko, or “haiku walk. Participants are invited to explore their local environments looking for signs of early spring. We will then gather for a shorter, more impromptu ku-kai meeting.
As with all our paid programs, recordings will be shared with registered participants on a password protected site. You will receive the information to access this site in your registration confirmation email.