Haiku, the most popular form of poetry in the world, connect us more deeply to the natural world and can provide solace in difficult times. This supportive writing workshop is designed for folks who have taken haiku classes or have written haiku previously. In this six-part on-line class, we will wade further into the haiku pond. We will learn more about key elements of haiku, including concision, the haiku moment, seasonal words, and the juxtaposition of concrete experiences. We will also study other related Japanese forms of poetry, including tanka (a five-line poem that preceded haiku), haiga (haiku linked with visual art), haibun (haiku linked with prose), and tan renga (a five-line poem often written by two people). Using writing prompts, both in-class exercises and ones that are designed as opportunities to enjoy being outside between classes, we will write haiku and other forms and workshop them together, if people so desire.
Brad Bennett’s haiku have appeared in over thirty magazines and journals. He has published two collections of haiku, a drop of pond (2016), and a turn in the river (2019). a drop of pond won a Touchstone Distinguished Book Award from the Haiku Foundation. He has taught haiku to children and adults for over twenty years.