September is National Literacy Awareness Month. I learned long ago, when I was asked to teach haiku to public school students, that haiku and senryu were great ways to not only to enrich their vocabulary, but to get them reading and writing.
Many students have short attention spans, and reading or writing brief things is a way that isn’t daunting to get them interested in literacy. I have taught haiku and senryu to at risk students, too, and I was delighted by the interesting thoughts and imaginative expression of these junior high and high school students in writing them. They were particularly intrigued with senryu and how clever it allowed them to be with short takes on human nature and humor.
In fact, being able to tweet haiku and senryu appeals to students and adults alike, no matter what abilities they have with the written word.
As haikuists, we can work to get haiku and senryu noticed, taking every opportunity to link them to a celebratory month, not only to National Poetry Month in April. Think about doing a Google search and coming up with celebratory months or even special days during which haiku and senryu can be promoted. Always be looking for these opportunities, particularly if you like to teach, give workshops, or do readings.
Copyright 2017 by Charlotte Digregorio.