If you’ve ever wanted to learn to write short, insightful poetry about the human experience, an exhibit featuring haiku and senryu may get you started.
Charlotte Digregorio, the author of Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All, will exhibit her illustrated haiku (haiga) at Northfield Public Library, 1785 Orchard Lane, Northfield, IL the month of July. Her solo exhibit will feature three-line haiku, haiku sequences with a theme, and senryu, the latter in the haiku form but with a focus on the theme of human nature, rather than nature. .
Haiku originated in Japan in the 1600s and is now written in free form in the English language, often without the structure of five syllables in the first line, seven syllables in the second line, and five syllables in the third line. Senryu originated in Japan in the 1700s and is often humorous.
“I love the simplicity and elegance of Japanese-style poetry,” Digregorio says. “Haiku and senryu capture the moments of our lives. They often evoke our deepest emotions that we may have difficulty sharing even with those close to us,” she adds.
Digregorio loves to teach both young and old about the beauty of haiku and senryu, and about how writing in a few words can be “expressive and rewarding.”
By combining poetry and art, Digregorio feels that people who don’t normally read poetry are drawn to it in public places. She hopes poetry will become “more of a maintstream art, more visible to the public.”
Digregorio has solo poetry exhibits year ’round at large and small libraries, corporate buildings, convention centers, galleries, museums, schools, restaurants, cafes, stores, and botanic gardens, among other venues. Her poetry has even been featured on public transit.
Digregorio received a commendation from former Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner for promoting the literary arts and her lifelong achievements in the field.
For more information about this event, you may contact Digregorio at firstname.lastname@example.org.
She blogs at http://www.charlottedigregorio.wordpress.com, and her posts include “The Daily Haiku,” written by international haikuists.
Copyright 2019 by Charlotte Digregorio.