On Friday, February 24, 14 Black Poppies hosted Haiku You with poet, writer, activist, and journalist Tara Dorabji. The workshop, held at The Happiness Institute in San Francisco, brought a diverse, intergenerational group together to create beautiful, poignant haikus.
The workshop walked participants through a variety of sensory perception exercises that empowered participants to tap into their inner wisdom and discover aspects of life that are often overlooked such as the sense of smell and its power to recall memories. Additionally, participants brought personally meaningful natural objects with which to inspire observations and personal reflection. All in all, the workshop helped participants tap into their creative core.
At the end of the workshop, participants wrote their final haikus on origami paper and presented them to the entire group. Through listening to others' haikus, participants found both mirror and window moments where either their own perspectives were reflected in others' haikus or they discovered a new perspective previously hidden behind closed curtains.
ABOUT TARA DORABJI
Tara Dorabji is a San Francisco-based writer, movement maker, arts educator, mother and radio journalist. Her rants, articles, poems and stories have been published in journals, blogs and anthologies including Las Girlfriends, Chinquapin, Midwifery Today and Project Censored's Blog (http://www.projectcensored.org/top-stories/articles/kashmir-the-untold-story-of-indian-occupation/). As a writer, she focuses on the stories waiting to be told. Her ambitions include: crafting the written word to serve as a container for human emotion, going right for the jugular and letting the truth tell itself.