MFA314 Japanese Poetic Forms
Facilitated by Maggie
Average Time Commitment per Week: two to four hours/week (this of course depends upon your reading, compositional, and rewriting speeds)
Time to Complete Course: 6 weeks
Difficulty (1-5): 3
Course Description: This course is intended as a workshop in the writing and sharing of Japanese poetic forms. Haiku is of course the most accessible to the Western writer; however, it is a form of greater depth than some of use have experienced. In addition to haiku, we will also practice the writing of tanka, renga, haibun, senryu, and haiku sequences. Finally, I hope also that this course will stimulate discussion of these forms and what they contribute to modern poetry.
While this course is facilitated, the course will function as a workshop of equals, everyone reading and critiquing the work of peers. Some of us are new to these forms; others of us have played with the rhythms but have not seriously approached these poems as art; others have are more experienced. Nonetheless, we all have much to share.
Required Resources (texts, etc.): How to Haiku: A Writer's Guide to Haiku and Related Forms by Bruce Ross
2002/04 ISBN:0804832323 Trade Paper $12.95
Available at your local library or bookstore, or order online from Amazon. On June 27, 2014, only used books were available on Amazon, ranging from $3.00 to $13.
Recommended text: The Haiku Handbook: How to Write, Share, and Teach Haiku