Haiku-The Sacred Art: A Spiritual Practice in Three Lines

Haiku-The Sacred Art: A Spiritual Practice in Three Lines

by Margaret D. McGee


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594732690
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 10/01/2009
Series: Art of Spiritual Living Series
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 1,106,960
Product dimensions: 2.17(w) x 3.35(h) x 0.48(d)

About the Author

Margaret D. McGee, a writer, teacher, and leader of spiritual workshops and retreats, is author of Sacred Attention: A Spiritual Practice for Finding God in the Moment (SkyLight Paths), and Stumbling Toward God: A Prodigal's Return. Her haiku have been published in journals such as The Heron’s Nest, bear creek haiku, and Wisteria. Her website, www.IntheCourtyard.com, hosts a forum to write and share haiku in response to the sacred writings of world religions.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 The Heart of a Moment 9

Chapter 2 A Simple Prayer 25

Chapter 3 A Companionable Form 41

Chapter 4 A Sense or Time and Place 61

Chapter 5 Inspired Conversations 83

Chapter 6 Haiku in Community 101

Chapter 7 Haiku with Pictures or Prose 123

Chapter 8 The Haiku Life 137

Acknowledgments 146

Haiku Resources 148

Notes 154

Suggestions for Further Reading 159

Credits 162

Index of PraCtices 167

Index of Poets 168

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Haiku-The Sacred Art: A Spiritual Practice in Three Lines 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
SixtyandSingleinSeattle More than 1 year ago
Haiku with guts, February 18, 2010 By Mary E. Davies (Seattle, WA) - See all my reviews This is haiku with guts. I love, "A haiku takes us down to the bones of a moment." And "...when it comes to learning something new, cluelessness turns out to be the perfect and only place to start." I like it that this is a book to READ, not just a bunch of instructions. It's the spiritual equivalent of From Julia Child's Kitchen, where you not only get the bread recipe, you travel to the bakeries in Nice and experience the 300 days of experimental baking. I love McGee's image of a first kiss in puffy parkas on a Midwest winter night. And I put the book to work, as you can read about at http://marysreallife.blogspot.com/2009/11/sunday-in-seattle-with-haiku.html. And it's going to be the book I use this year for a Lenten practice. Highly recommended.
Silvernfire on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This just looks like a book about how to write haiku. Actually it's a book about mindfulness and learning to see the sacred in everyday life, using haiku as a means to pay attention. That said, the author does provide a good introduction to how to write haiku, covering the basics of the form, a brief history of haiku and related poetic forms, season words, and so on. But the focus of the book is on writing haiku as a spiritual practice, and here McGee shines. She provides exercises on simply observing the world around you, finding personal meaning in haiku's seasonal words, writing haiku in reaction to devotional reading, integrating haiku with lectio divina (a form of contemplative prayer based on reading) and art, and writing haiku with others to celebrate community. She takes an interfaith approach to the topic: she herself is Episcopalian and mentions writing haiku as part of her Biblical study, but she also describes writing a series of linked haiku with others that was read aloud during a Passover Seder.If you only want to learn about writing haiku, there are excellent books out there that would probably be more along the lines of what you're looking for. But if you're interested in integrating writing haiku into your spiritual practice, try this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago