Connect with an overlooked part of the haiku tradition: haiku about art.
Haiku in the Gallery is part of BUNKA NO HI (Japanese Culture Day) at the Ackland Museum of Art in Chapel Hill. We’ll lead a workshop and give a reading that focuses on haiku inspired by art.
Haiku are often described as Nature poems, but some scholars have argued that the role of art in inspiring haiku has been underestimated. In any case, Basho and Buson, the Japanese haiku masters, left us a number of haiku that were explicitly about art, so we’ll try to follow their example.
Update Oct 28 2012 6:30 PM: At one time, the description of our event on the museum’s web page said that RSVP via email was required. That requirement has been removed from the museum’s web page. RSVP is not required. Just come to the workshop and reading on Saturday, November 3, and we should be able to accommodate you.
The Ackland Art Museum is located at 101 S. Columbia Street, near the SE corner of Franklin Street, in downtown Chapel Hill. It is adjacent to the Hanes Art Center on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. See their Directions and Parking page for details.
Saturday Nov 3
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM in the Study Gallery (Gallery 11 on the second floor). Bob Moyer and Dave Russo will be the main leads for the Haiku in the Gallery workshop. Lenard D. Moore and Kate MacQueen will assist. We will write haiku about art and workshop some of them. We will provide pencils for you to write with. Pens and other writing instruments that use liquid ink are not permitted in the museum galleries.
1:30 to 2:15 in the Study Gallery. Celebrated poet and Executive Chairman of the North Carolina Haiku Society, Lenard D. Moore, will lead this reading. First, people in that day’s workshop and NCHS members will read poems written in response to the art. Then, NCHS members including Lenard, Bob, Kate, Dave and others will read some combination of their own haiku and/or haiku by others, mostly haiku inspired by art.
The main contact for this event is Dave Russo. Please use the Contact page on this web site to send Dave an email.