My solo, traveling haiku/senryu exhibit with art will be at the Wellness Center of Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, IL from April 1 until July 1. (800 W. Central Rd., separate building on the hospital campus).
Healthcare settings are always great places for haiku and senryu to appear, due to the affirming and healing nature of these poems expressing our innermost feelings. The NCH campus is also a great place for health and fitness classes, spa services, physical therapy, and cardiac rehab.
I believe that just like exercise, haiku and senryu should be practiced each day of one’s life for emotional and mental well-being. Writing haiku and senryu is like putting together a puzzle and it forces us to think about how best we can express our feelings to others.
For people struggling with illness, haiku and senryu can be particularly beneficial. A few years ago, I gave a haiku workshop at Cancer Survivors’ Day at a hospital in Chicago and many attended who’d just gotten through their chemo treatments. They said that writing haiku and senryu was an especially calming and hopeful exercise for them.
The haiga above (haiku combined with art) is an example of my senryu– a poem written in the haiku form, but focusing on human nature. Senryu are often humorous, as this one is.
Incidentally, my traveling exhibit is co-sponsored by the Hospital and by Northwest Cultural Council in Barrington, IL. I am so very grateful to both for giving me the opportunity to spread the word about haiku and senryu to an even broader audience.
My traveling exhibit is in its final month at the Fremont Public Library in Mundelein, IL, 1170 N. Midlothian Rd. A special reception will be held for me at the Library, Wednesday, March 15 at 6 p.m. The public is invited, and I hope to see many of you who live in the Chicago area. I will be signing my book, Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All, at the reception.
May you always prosper throughout your life with the peace, joys, and insights that haiku and senryu afford you.
Copyright 2017 by Charlotte Digregorio.