Today is International Haiku Poetry Day! This day is celebrated every year on April 17 in honor of the birthday of the great haiku poet Matsuo Basho. Basho was a master of the haiku form, and his work has inspired poets all over the world. In this blog post, we will take a look at some of the best haiku poems ever written, and celebrate the beauty and simplicity of this poetic form.
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International Haiku Poetry Day History
The International Haiku Poetry Day was started in 2010 by the British haiku poet Jim Kacian. Kacian is the founder of the Haiku Society of America, and he hoped that this day would be a way to bring attention to haiku poetry and its practitioners. The day has been celebrated every year since then, with events and workshops held all over the world.
So why not take some time today to read or write a haiku poem? Basho once said, “In daily life, we should see something wonderful.” With haiku, we can find wonder in the everyday moments that we often overlook.
How to Celebrate International Haiku Poetry Day
There are many ways to celebrate International Haiku Poetry Day. Here are a few ideas:
– Read Basho’s haiku poems. A great place to start is with his most famous poem, “The Narrow Road to the Deep North.”
– Write your own haiku poems. You can write about anything you like, but try to focus on the small details and sensations of the world around you.
– Share your favorite haiku poems with friends and family. Haiku are meant to be enjoyed by others, so don’t keep them to yourself!
– Attend a haiku poetry reading or workshop. Many cities have events planned for International Haiku Poetry.