This is a free workshop with Ken Ronkowitz on both reading and writing haiku, a form of Japanese verse.
Though many Westerners associate haiku with early lessons on writing poetry as a child, the form dates back more than 300 years and is considered very serious poetry in the East. Haiku consists of non-rhyming verses that frequently use nature themes and aim to evoke vivid mental pictures and stir strong emotions in readers.
We will discuss what is haiku and how it is composed in English, look at related forms, and examine the connections to other mediums of expression, aesthetics and Zen culture.
The host, Organigaya Cafe, will serve organic Japanese fare prior to the workshop, so arrive early and enjoy a great meal before the workshop begins. Free cup of House Green Tea to all attendees.
478 Somerset St
North Plainfield, New Jersey
information at http://organigaya.com
The event is also on Facebook.
The Essential Haiku
The Sound of Water: Haiku by Basho, Buson, Issa, and Other Poets
Writing and Enjoying Haiku: A Hands-on Guide