Aspiring poets young and old can learn about traditional Japanese Haiku poetry and contemporary North American haiku (primarily written in English) at the Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society’s 18th annual Japanese Cultural Fair Oct. 21 at the Esquimalt Recreation Centre.
Terry Ann Carter, the Victoria-based president of Haiku Canada, will host a Haiku table all day long at the fair to give people the chance to try their hand at the art form tracing its origins back hundreds of years. She will be joined by other members of Haiku Arbutus, a haiku study group that she formed here in Victoria four years ago.
Carter, and the other poets at the table, will be aiming to go beyond counting syllables, to teach the techniques for composing haiku which ultimately juxtaposes the natural world and human nature. Participants at the Fair may also ask for a personal haiku written just for them.
Carter has published five chapbooks of haiku and has just released Tokaido, (Red Moon Press, 2017) a collection of haibun — or combination of prose and haiku — that mirrors the journey on the old road between Kyoto and Tokyo, the two cities at the heart of Japanese culture.
Some example of haiku by the poets who will be at the fair:
we all have
Terry Ann Carter
the lilacs bow down
leaving Tokyo subway
a hundred umbrellas
rise in unison