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2016 Haiku Hike at MSU Science Festival

HaikuHikePhoto by Michael Rehling

 

On Sunday, April 17, the Center for Poetry took part in the 2016 MSU Science Festival, a 12-day annual event that takes place not only on campus, but at various locations in the East Lansing region, and also in greater Detroit.

The Center’s contribution was the haiku hike, during which participants learned a bit about haiku from haiku poet Michele Root-Bernstein, then took a gentle and observant hike led by Laurie Hollinger to the MSU Horticulture Gardens, where they made textual snapshots from a vast array of choices. Back in the classroom, Anita Skeen directed participants to construct haiku from their images and notes, which were then shared.

The day was one of the very first this spring to feel truly springlike, with not a cloud in the sky and with the season’s earliest varieties popping. Here are a few of the resulting haiku:

 

botanical signs

a bare tree blooming

with finch song

 

nature walk

the persistent sound

of a low flying plane

sunny day

a bird chirps loud and proud

from a perch unseen

 

New Skin

Under peeling bark

Michele in sneakers

 

magnolia buds

slipping out

of our jackets

still wind

something rustles in the shrubs

heard but not seen

building crane

nesting material hangs

from the lamppost

in the trees

a squirrel shakes a pinecone

in my direction

 

Under the big top

Wisteria on the high wire

Dandelions laughing

 

 

dancing

through forsythia

a plastic bag

scorching sun

red and shriveled berries cling

to branches and dirt

 

 

daffodils nod

keeping time for the

song of the sparrows

 

pink blossoms peering

from beyond the Center

for Interactive Plant Systems

 

 

the seagulls

swing back toward the shore

spring thaw

 

 

greenhouse shade

robin perches on the

shadow of a branch

Photos from the 2016 haiku hike, courtesy of Michael Rehling, may be viewed here.

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The Center for Poetry opened in the fall of 2007 to encourage the reading, writing, and discussion of poetry and to create an awareness of the place and power of poetry in our everyday lives. We think about this in a number of ways, including through readings, shows, community outreach, and workshops. We are at work building a poetry community at MSU and in the greater Lansing area. Contact: cpoetry@msu.edu (517) 884-1932 http://www.poetry.rcah.msu.edu

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