Haiku teaches us to see beauty everywhere, even where we least expect it. Join us as we consider haiku’s connection to nature and the influence of Shintoism on Japanese culture through the ages. In the spirit of traditional Japanese haiku groups, we will each follow our own path, writing haiku that are true to our experience of the world and its beauty. Naturalist Art Elser will help us appreciate what nature’s up to, right under our noses on the high plains, as spring unfolds. Come prepared to share your work and appreciate the work of others. Note: While this is a repeat of the popular course offered previously, it keeps evolving, so returning participants will find a familiar structure along with new ways to explore. And first-time participants will begin fresh, in good company.
REQUIRED READING: Robert Hass, The Essential Haiku, (The Eco Press), 1994.