Workshop Leader: Mankh (Walter E. Harris III) is a writer and small press publisher. He has authored and edited Haiku One Breaths; a Voice Through a Tangle, and annually publishes a Haiku Calendar. His haikus have appeared in the Frogpond Journal, published by the Haiku Society of America, in Simply Haiku: A Quarterly Journal of Japanese Short Form Poetry, in Newsday on line, and elsewhere. Haikus help him to stay in tune with nature and the seasons.
must be good friends,
three sparrows gathering
on a lilac branch
Haiku poetry encourages attention to the present moment as well as keeping connected with the pathway of seasons. A wonderful way to align with nature, enhance one’s mindfulness, and hone verbal skills (being so short, haiku require great precision!).
In this program for children ages 8 and older, Mankh will introduce haiku as a way of life, as well as a literary form. He will include a brief history and examples of this shortest poetic form—from traditional to modern adaptations. And, most importantly, he will take the children outdoors in the field behind the museum and have them use all their senses to absorb the natural world around them on this particular day, at this particular time of day. After a while outdoors, the children will come indoors to experiment writing haiku poems which then can be read aloud and discussed.
Advanced reservations are required for all events. For more information, reservations, and directions to meeting places, please call: (631) 537-9735.