In the seventeenth century, Japanese poet Matsuo Basho clipped out the opening stanza of traditional long-form collaborative poems and set those 17 syllables on their own. The result was haiku, a brief poetic contemplation on the nature of the world, with a defined structure. Haiku became wildly popular both in its native Japan and later became adapted to other languages, including English.
Tuesday, June 6, Madison’s Arts and Literature Laboratory will host a haiku-themed poetry slam, Hand to Hand Haiku Match. Joining Eight O’Clock Buzz host Brian Standing in the studio are three haiku warriors: Heath Langrek, F.J. Bergmann, and Donna Carnes. Also joining by phone en route to Madison from his home in Virginia, is Hand to Hand Haiku founder Raven Mack.