MINERAL POINT—The Foundry Books, 105 Commerce St., hosts its next haiku gathering at 2 p.m. Aug. 11 with a “Conversation with Richard Gilbert,” Faculty of Letters, Kumamoto University, Japan. Gilbert is a distinguished haiku scholar, poet and author of “Poems of Consciousness: Contemporary Japanese and English-Language Haiku in Cross-Cultural Perspective.”
The central essay of “Poems of Consciousness” is “The Disjunctive Dragonfly,” originally published in Modern Haiku Journal in 2004. The essay has been revised and expanded and has just been published in book form as “The Disjunctive Dragonfly: A New Approach to English-Language Haiku.”
Sunday’s event will also be an “unofficial” kickoff party for the new edition featuring 275 poems illustrating 24 techniques, revised and updated, in July 2013.
This collection of Gilbert’s theoretical papers, critical essays and interviews with contemporary Japanese (gendai) haiku poets attests to Gilbert’s central position in laying the foundation for the haiku of the 21st century. His cross-cultural approach and interest in ecocriticism and the politics of poetry make this essential to understanding why things are changing, and how that will affect us. He is also the formulator of the new vocabulary for haiku, which is likely to shape its dialogue for decades to come.
Gilbert will read from and discuss his book. Afterward, there will be a potluck reception of “finger-food,” beer and wine with the possibility of a visit to Mineral Point’s Japanese restaurant, Kusaka, if participants are still hungry.