Between the Stacks: Haiku for you and me | Community News

Twenty-five years ago this month, the Academy of American Poets designated April as national Poetry Month. They want to remind the public that poets have an integral role in our culture and that poetry matters (poets.org/national-poetry-month/). During the month of April, libraries offer programs or put-up displays to honor different styles of poetry.

At the Wando Mount Pleasant Library, the adult services department will celebrate this special month with a Haiku workshop presented by David Barnard on April 16 at 11 am Barnard taught creative writing and literature at a private prep school in Delaware for 35 years. He continues to write at his home de el at Franke at Seaside, where he has lived for seven years and leads a creative writing group. He is currently compiling a book of poetry and watercolors, creating a painting and a poem paired by the same theme or subject. He believes that there is a poet in each of us waiting to be free.

The art of haiku will be introduced with a brief history, but the majority of the time will focus on the creation of original haiku. The art calls on the creator to work with images and words in an ancient Japanese tradition. Materials and inspiration will be provided. Participants will interact with the presenter and with one another, leaving with some creative work of their own and a new way for you to share their thoughts. If you have already found your inner poet join us; if you would like to find your inner poet join us.

If you are interested to join this workshop please be aware that registration is required due to limited space. To register see a librarian at the Computer Area in the Wando Mount Pleasant Library or call (843) 805-6888.

While you’re waiting to attend this event check out some of the interesting Haiku books such as: “The Haiku Year” by Tom Gilroy….[et all.]“Haiku” selected and edited by Peter Washington, “The Sound of One Thigh Clapping: Haiku for a Thinner You” by Meredith Clair.

Other poetic opportunities:

The young adult department will focus on an independent program, “Blackout Poetry” and a “Book in Verse” display. A book in verse is a novel-length narrative told through the medium of poetry rather than prose. Some titles in this genre are: “Clap When You Land” by Elizabeth Acevedo, “Long Way Down” by Jason Reynolds, “Chlorine Sky” by Mahogany L. Browne and “Muted” by Tami Charles.

The children’s department will present you with “Let’s Do Haiku!” from 3:30-4:30 pm April 20. Children ages 8 and up will create a colorful thumbprint animal and write a haiku inspired by their art.

While the Mount Pleasant Regional Library is closed for renovations, Mirjam Veldkamp is working at the Wando Mount Pleasant Library, 1400 Carolina Park Blvd., 843-805-6888, www.ccpl.org.

While the Mount Pleasant Regional Library is closed for renovations, Mirjam Veldkamp is working at the Wando Mount Pleasant Library, 1400 Carolina Park Blvd., 843-805-6888, www.ccpl.org.

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