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Toward an Aesthetic for English-Language Haiku by Lee Gurga.
2004 Pescadero Haiku Weekend Workshop (including exercises) with Christopher Herold.
2007 Asilomar Yuki Teikei Haiku Retreat. Published haiku by J. Zimmerman.
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Christopher Herold is a teacher, a haiku poet, the founding editor of The Heron's Nest (a monthly Web and hard-copy haiku journal), and a Zen practitioner.
In a recent essay in Modern Haiku, Cor Van Den Heuvel named Christopher Herold as one of the pillars of the development of haiku creativity in North America. This is how Van Den Heuvel introduces our teacher and his haiku sensibility:
|"This poet likes to go off suddenly into the wilderness on camping trips. He has written haiku while on hikes in the Pinnacles National Monument and along trails in the Sierra Nevada. Herold's haiku are less subjective, less laden, or graced, with obvious spiritual messages than those of some other spiritually oriented poets ... Herold looks closely at small things."|
Over the 2004 Labor Day Weekend, a few poets were privileged to attend a Practice on Writing Haiku with Christopher in Pescadero, California. We met in the home of our gracious hosts, Jim and Betty Arnold.
These are notes on that Pescadero Weekend Workshop.
Any errors in the notes are the errors of the student, not our teacher Christopher Herold, to whom I give a deep bow.
The intent for the first day was: "an opportunity to learn more about the process of writing haiku by reading some of the great poets, heightening our awareness of the moment and exploring a variety of techniques used to construct haiku. There will also be free time to wander and write during the day, and later share the poems we've written."
[Notes by J. Zimmerman]
The first day began with leisurely arrival, sharing of baked breakfast goods, and shoreline explorations.
We assembled with Christopher mid-morning. After introductions, Christopher talked about choices we make in writing haiku. They include:
Christopher encouraged us to develop a daily practice. He writes over breakfast about what captures him:
We each received a rich packets of handouts, which Christopher summarized and that we would use in the workshop and would take with us for later application. They included:
Christopher talked for a minute about each handout, and gave a little more detail on:
Christopher ended the morning session by reading "Japan" by Billy Collins from Picnic, Lightning:
We broke for lunch and ginko walks.
When we met in the afternoon, we each read a few of the haiku that we had written during our walks.
Christopher gave each of us the opportunity to pick one of our haiku that we were struggling with. We offered it for suggestions to the group, which was very supportive in making comments encouraged by Christopher. This process let us identify strengths and weaknesses, particularly those listed in his handouts.
We had a break for refreshments and some more explorations of the shore. On our return, we celebrated with a congratulations cake that Kay Anderson brought, in honor of the 5-year anniversary of The Heron's Nest.
In the late afternoon, we began to assess the haiku in the "Big Cat", marking our favorites and making notes on why. The sun oozed like thick, molten copper through thin sea fog into the Pacific, and we finished our assessments in time for Christopher to enter our data in to his traveling computer, and tell us how many votes each haiku had received from our group.
By then time our hosts had completed preparing a delicious salmon dinner to share at the end of this day.
The intent for the second day was: "'posing questions, making connections, dissolving walls, and exploring the art of conveying revelations through haiku.' And of course more time to seize the day, to write and share."
To read and subscribe to The Heron's Nest, "where tradition and innovation meet ... and complement each other", see www.theheronsnest.com.
The brilliance of authors and editors is reflected in this award-winning haiku in the September 2004 issue:
weathered bridge everything but the moon drifting downstream Rick Tarquinio
As of September 2004, Christopher is assisted by four editors, who perform the initial screening of The Heron's Nest submissions.
In his recent essay in Modern Haiku, Cor Van Den Heuvel wrote:
|"Herold has published three more books: Voices of Stone, a book-length haibun (Kanshiketsu Press, 1996); In the Margins of the Sea (Snapshot Press); and A Path in the Garden (Katsura Press), both published in 2000. Herold moved to Port Townsend, Wash., in 1998 and in September 1999, with the help of Alex Benedict, he started The Heron's Nest, the first monthly haiku journal to publish simultaneously on the Internet and in a print edition."|
The philosophy of Heron's Nest includes:
It is our intention to present haiku in which the outward form of each poem has been determined by two important elements.
The primary element is the poetic experience, faithfully and uniquely evoked in words.
The second element helps to shape the first; it is the poet's knowledge and respect for traditional haiku values.
When well balanced these elements result in work that is distinctively and unmistakably haiku.
"Poetic experiences" are those which inspire us to express ourselves creatively. "Haiku values" are the traditional underpinnings, both Japanese and Western, by which haiku sensibility has evolved into what it is today, and which will continue to shape haiku traditions in the future.
In 2000, Katsura Press published Christopher Herold's A Path in the Garden. It was a Haiku Society of America Merit Book Award Winner.
As of 2004, it can be ordered for a total of $16.95 ($14.95 plus $2.00 for shipping and handling). Please make your check out to Christopher Herold, and mail it to:
Some of my [JZ's] favorites, to commend this delicious book to you:
shovel handle dark with earth from my hands cloud shadow long enough to close the poppies winter chill -- darkness in the hole I dug for a bare-root rose just a minnow -- the granite mountain wobbles on the lake waterfall... over the edge summer clouds three translations of the same breeze pine... oak... cottonwood moonrise... redwoods slowly sprout from the mountain's shadow
The book's beautiful watercolors were painted by Ruth Yarrow.
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