“Haiku are the perfect size for holding our encounters with the natural world….Haiku are brief, yet incredibly open and at the same time very exact.” — Jane Reichhold, translator
They are direct, remarkably observant, seemingly simple, yet they linger in our minds for a long while. Most haiku take the natural world as its focus, and so naturally, the Land Library has gathered many such volumes over the years, including several collections for young readers.
Our love of haiku may have started with one of the most memorable reading experiences we’ve ever had — reading R.H. Blyth’s four-volume Haiku set (Volume 1 is pictured above). Blyth introduced us to a new world of Buson, Basho, Issa and many others — while reminding us of an “old world” populated by like-minded Western poets such as Wordsworth and Coleridge.
Saturday, September 8th, 10am to 3:30pm
We are very happy to announce that poet Gary Schroeder will return to Buffalo Peaks Ranch on Saturday, September 22nd to teach a day-long workshop.
South Park’s rich natural and cultural heritage will serve to stimulate your writing of both Haiku and Haibun. In the morning session we will explore the haiku experience, engaging in brief haiku hikes, after which we’ll share our work with one another in an atmosphere of respectful, mutual support.
The afternoon session will focus on haibun, combining both prose and haiku.
Gary Schroeder is the author of five volumes of poetry, The Slender Name, Mistaken Lights, Adjacent Solitudes, Cricket in the House: A Year of Haiku and, most recently After Rain, a collection of thirty-two haiku, published by Folded Word Press
The workshop fee is $50, plus a $3.03 ticketing fee. More details and directions will follow. Feel free to send any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org