Why Do We Write Poetry?
Richard Gilbert, haiku poet and professor, researcher and literary witness to haiku (hi)story, making his home in Japan, will be in Pasadena.
Gilbert will read from, and discuss, his upcoming book Investigations into the Space of Mind, of Poetry, Of Sanctuary – Haiku, an Ethics of Freedom. Richard has also prepared a PowerPoint presentation that includes images of Sabine Miller’s “Floragrams”, a series of artistic collages from natural materials.
A fascinating speaker for all poets, writers, historians, philosophers and anthropologists, Richard Gilbert is an expert on ancient and traditional haiku. He has a philosopher’s perspective on haiku and poetry as a modern art form in a changing society.
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Pasadena Central Library
“Richard Gilbert went to Naropa University in 1981, Boulder, Colorado, where he studied with Beat poets Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, Peter Orlovsky, and Gary Snyder. Japanese haiku became a focus, under the tutelage of Patricia Donegan. He is currently Associate Professor, Department of British and American Language and Literature, at Kumamoto University. In 2008 Gilbert published a book about the modern haiku movement, Poems of Consciousness: Contemporary Japanese & English-language Haiku in Cross-cultural Perspective (Red Moon Press).”
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