The Art of the Haiku, Right Now – Summer 2020

With its roots in Japan during the Middle Ages, the haiku–famous for its brevity and delicacy, its contemplation of nature and the passage of time–is one of the oldest poetic forms. And yet it can be a vehicle for writing contemporary poems that feel utterly of the present moment. Kevin Nance, author of Even If: Photographs and Haiku (University of Kentucky Arts in HealthCare, 2020), will lead an exploration of this traditional form and how its vernacular and themes can be adapted to express intensely personal subjects in the language of today. This two-hour, one-session class will include a brief history of the form, from Bashō to the present, as well as timed writing exercises and instant feedback. Together we’ll learn how to write a haiku that, in the words of contemporary poet and scholar Edward Hirsch, “seeks the momentary and the eternal.” For all levels.

Start Date
Saturday, June 27th
10:30am - 12:30pm
Kevin Nance

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