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Often misrepresented or only partially understood, the heart of haiku contains many lessons for poets in its compacted form: image, metaphor, enjambment, attention, word choice, and silence. We will survey the history and core principles while reading ancient and contemporary examples. Multiple haiku will be written and workshopped throughout the class. By the end you will be equipped to incorporate the powerful discipline of haiku into your life, using it to hone your poetic practice and increase your daily awareness.
Janaka Stucky is a mystic poet, performer, and founding editor of the award-winning press, Black Ocean. He is the author of The Truth Is We Are Perfect, Your Name Is The Only Freedom, The World Will Deny It For You, and his latest book, Ascend Ascend (Third Man Books, 2019). He has performed in over 60 cities around the world. His poems have appeared in such journals as Denver Quarterly, Jacket2, Fence and North American Review, and his articles have been published by The Huffington Post and The Poetry Foundation. He is also a two-time National Haiku Champion. More at janakastucky.com.