Haiku, short poems that originated in Japan, help us celebrate the extraordinary in the ordinary. Paying attention to the “haiku moments” in our lives can help us access our awe and wonder in the world. Writing haiku can become a practice of gratitude. Join award-winning haiku poet and teacher Brad Bennett for an introduction to haiku and a chance to try your hand at writing a few.
The first session will start with an introduction to haiku, including a little history and a look at some of the major elements of the form. Haiku often celebrate natural cycles, particularly seasonal transitions. Historically, Japanese haiku required the use of a seasonal reference word called a kigo. We will learn about kigo and how to use them in haiku. You’ll also get a chance to write some winter haiku using a writing prompt.
The second session will examine two Japanese aesthetic concepts and how they inform haiku. Wabi sabi is the act of noticing and celebrating the beauty of natural objects that are weathered, irregular, flawed, tarnished, and impermanent, and ma is an emptiness full of possibilities. We’ll end this session by writing some “wabi sabi and ma haiku.”
Free program open to clients, and caregivers. We ask that participants commit to both sessions of this program. Optional donations are welcome. This program will meet on Zoom.
About the instructor, Brad Bennett-
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. Brad has taught haiku to children and adults for over twenty-five years.
This program is supported in part by generous funding from the Acton-Boxborough, Bolton, Littleton, Marlborough, Shirley, Sterling, Townsend, and Westford Cultural Council, a local agency that is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.
December 7, 2022
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
December 14, 2022
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm