Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group Presents
An introduction to Haiku
what are they
why we write them
Saturday 6 April, from 12.30 – 2.30 pm
59 Regent St,
The haiku is an ancient Japanese poetry form, but it is as relevant today as it has always been. Western poets have adopted and adapted the form to suit contemporary tastes, and the fact that the form continues to evolve in Japan is, paradoxically, entirely in keeping with tradition.
Bindii member Julia Wakefield will give a brief introduction to the combined complexity and simplicity of the haiku form. After a short break, there will be a series of group exercises that focus on composing haiku.
To book, contact Julia at Julia.email@example.com or call 0433975590
Word file: info for haiku workshop 2019 (003)
PDF file: info for haiku workshop 2019
Our first meeting for 2019 had two attendees: Lynette Arden and Maeve Archibald.
The activity chosen by Lynette proved very successful in stimulating ideas for writing haiku.
We took it in turn to choose a Haiku at random from the book haiku mind by Patricia Donegan.
Each haiku was written up on the board and we discussed it.
We read the commentary on the poem from the book and considered what it was that we got from the poem.
We then used the haiku as a spur for our own writing, taking whatever it had evoked as our guide.
This varied between themes, styles, subject matter, and or emotional impact.
We discussed and commentated on each other’s work. Each of us were able to produce 2-3 haiku poems that we found quite satisfying.
The chief value in this exercise was the variety of different haiku gave a variety of stimuli, perhaps providing a new field from which we could each draw.
The meeting started at 12.30 pm in our usual venue at The Box Factory, 59 Regent St South, Adelaide. We welcomed new member Meirwen Whewell, who brought an elegant, illustrated book of traditional Japanese haiku to the meeting. This was Meirwen’s first attempt at writing haiku.
Workshop: A few basic techniques for writing haiku (led by Lynette Arden)
The workshop started with a reading of some of Janice Bostok’s haiku from her online resource: http://members.dodo.com.au/janbos/haiku.html
We read the haiku one by one around the circle and then commented individually on the haiku, discussing their meaning and impact.
Four techniques from Jane Reichhold were discussed. Continue reading “Report on Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group Meeting: 6 October 2018”
Haiku Workshop: Haiku: Beyond the Basics
Lynette Arden presented some ideas to extend us beyond the usual guidelines provided for writing haiku in English.
wabi sabi –
- how it originated
- concepts used in haiku
Terms such as yugen and karumi (karumi as discussed by Susumu Tachiguchi (in World Haiku Review)
Martin Lucas in his essay Haiku as poetic spell: argues that haiku in the West has concentrated too much on content and must also look to the poetic element of haiku, as in the value of words and how they are used. Continue reading “Report on Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group meeting: 4 August 2018”
Members met at the Box Factory for our meeting on 2 June, with Maeve Archibald as our workshop presenter.
The meeting consisted of a series of exercises designed to stimulate ideas for writing haibun. Maeve presented each exercise and the participants wrote, and then read what they had written. We hope, of course, that this will result in some worthwhile haibun being developed after the meeting.
So that other groups can share the workshop ideas, we have added them below this report. Continue reading “Report on Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group meeting: 2 June 2018”
Our April meeting at the Box Factory was a workshop of members’ Japanese genre poetry written in response to the challenge set last meeting of writing about animals. Other subject matter was also workshopped.
There was a vigorous discussion of the work presented, mostly haiku, with a sprinkling of tanka/kyoka. We also explored more general principles of writing haiku.
We were pleased to welcome Jeremy Ng to his first attendance at the group. Continue reading “Report on Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group meeting: 7 April 2018”
For the first meeting of Bindii for 2018, Julia Wakefield and Sara Sims prepared a workshop on tanka.
Continue reading “Report on Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group meeting: 3 February 2018”
For the final meeting of Bindii for 2017, members gathered in the large kitchen area of the Box Factory to workshop their poetry and share some lunch. After a burst of extremely hot weather, followed by rain, the day was a welcome mild, cloudy interlude. Continue reading “Report on Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group meeting: 2 December 2017”