at her thighs
the towel loosens
In late October/early November, as Spring bursts in all its beauty, I will be leading a series of six ginko (haiku walk) around this fine city of ours and its stunning surrounds. Masaoka Shiki, one of the four pillars of haiku (along with Basho, Buson & Issa), believed that haiku poets should practice shasei – sketching from life – in order to heighten their powers of observation. A traditional way of developing these powers and opening yourself up to the everyday magic that awaits, is to participate in a ginko. On a ginko, participants are encouraged to jot down notes about what they can see, hear, smell, touch and taste as well as making notes on other thoughts and feelings that may arise during the walk. At the conclusion of the walk, participants then share their notes and spend time writing and workshopping their haiku.
As part of the last series, we visited Sandgate Beach, Downfall Creek, Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, New Farm Park & Southbank, and some stunning haiku were composed, many of which I had the pleasure of publishing on this site and many of which have gone on to be published in journals and magazines all around the world.
Here’s a couple of links to haiku written on the Mt Coot-tha and New Farm Park Ginko earlier this year to give you a taste.
So if you want to develop your haiku-eye and start your Sunday’s off in a meditative headspace, come on a ginko with me…
Details are below:
Ginko (Haiku Walk) with Graham Nunn
Dates: Sundays 16, 23, 30 October and 13, 20 and 27 November
Venue: We gather at Queensland Writers Centre, Level 2, State Library of Queensland
Time: 9am – 10.30am
Fees: Flat Fee $95 for the six sessions
Bookings: You can book online here or contact QWC by calling 07 3842 9922.