My haiku exhibit runs at Meet Chicago Northwest, the Greater Woodfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, 1375 E. Woodfield Rd., Schaumburg, IL, through Sept. 30. My poetry is illustrated by various artists in the metro area, and includes sumi-e paintings and graphic art. The exhibit is sponsored by the Northwest Cultural Council in Barrington, IL. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the exhibit is free and open to the public.
The exhibit includes three-line haiku, haiku sequences ( a series of haiku with the same theme that includes a title), and senryu, three-line poems in the style of individual haiku that focuses on human nature.
Through my exhibit, I strive to convey the simplicity and elegance of Japanese-style poetry. Haiku and senryu originated in the 1600s and 1700s, respectively. They capture the moments of our lives. I feel they often evoke our deepest emotions that we may have difficulty sharing with even those close to us.
Haiku can be written about anything, but they often include nature scenes that express our oneness with the natural world. I love to teach both young and old about their beauty and subtlety, and about how writing in a few words can be so expressive and rewarding. I am the author of Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All, and my outreach includes lectures and workshops at libraries and through writer’s organizations throughout the U.S.
I enjoy having my poetry illustrated with work by various artists to enhance the evocative nature of haiku and senryu. This way, people who don’t normally read poetry are drawn to it. Through my exhibit, I hope poetry will become more of mainstream art, more visible to the public.
Copyright 2016 by Charlotte Digregorio.