Foto de un hiakuThis talk, by Martin Esposito, aims at exploring one of the most accessible formats in poetry to non-specialists.

Long used as a source of wit, fun and insight by schoolchildren and seasoned poets alike, the haiku displays features all spoken word linguists will find familiar: this simple composition requires the ability to improvise at speed within very strict boundaries, the skill to see links beyond the obvious and to make economical use of language.

A simple practice session comprising a little history, a range of examples and a hands-on classroom activity may, if pursued, foster relaxation, concentration and control,all valued qualities in the business of being another person’s voice.

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