What You See: A Japanese Poetry Workshop

Saturday, May 16, 2020 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
Thoreau Farm, the birthplace of Henry David Thoreau

This writing workshop is part of The Write Connection at Thoreau Farm.

Tuition: $95 | Early Bird (by April 15): $75

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Workshop Description


Join award-winning haiku poet Brad Bennett for a Japanese poetry writing workshop at Thoreau Farm. Learn about the history and technique of three Japanese poetry forms, haikutanka, and haibun.

Haiku are three-line poems that celebrate the extraordinary in the ordinary using concrete sensory experiences. Tanka are five-line poems, historically written by members of the imperial court, that are about love and other emotions. Haibun pair haiku or tanka with personal narrative prose.

Inspired by reading samples, writing prompts, and helpful discussions, you will try your hand at writing your own poems in each form. If people feel moved to share their work, we will do so in a supportive atmosphere.

Each participant will leave the workshop with an introductory knowledge of the history and technique of haiku, tanka, and haibun. Each participant will leave having written some haiku, tanka, and haibun, or notes and observations that could become poems at a later time.

Beginners and experienced poets are welcome! Morning coffee, tea, and pastries will be provided. Please bring your own lunch.

Brad Bennett has published two collections of haiku, a drop of pond (2016), and a turn in the river (2019) with Red Moon Press. a drop of pond won a 2016 Touchstone Distinguished Book Award from the Haiku Foundation. Bennett’s haiku have appeared in over forty magazines, journals, and anthologies. He has taught haiku and other Japanese poetic forms to children and adults for over twenty years.

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