ClassIn the Moment: Writing Contemporary Haiku
Haiku is much more than lines of 5-7-5! In this four-week class, we will talk about and practice other aspects of form that are key in contemporary haiku, including word choice, cut and juxtaposition, and fragment and phrase, while looking at and discussing what the “haiku moment” is all about, and what our own unique experience of the haiku moment is. We’ll also look at experimental haiku. In addition to writing exercises, each unit will include a prompt taken from the realm of forest bathing, to help participants slow down, tune in to their senses, write images, and find their own haiku moments.
Each unit will include readings, whole-group discussion on assigned haiku reading, small-group discussion in which participants provide feedback on one another’s haiku, a forest bathing prompt, and writing exercises. Students can expect to receive feedback on at least one of their original haiku per week: oral feedback in their small group of peers, and detailed feedback from the instructor. The class will draw from the book The Wonder Code, edited by Scott Mason. This book is highly recommended, but not required for students to purchase.
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