Senryu: Haiku’s Cousin Workshop

A 13th Annual Collaboration with the Palm Beach Poetry Festival

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 health threat, we are suspending public programs scheduled from March 16 through September 30, 2020. Morikami will continue to reevaluate and reassess as information about the virus and its impact on public health is presented.

We apologize for the inconvenience. Due to unforeseen circumstances the SENRYU: HAIKU WORKSHOP IS CANCELLED.

In this workshop, participants will learn the basics of the Japanese literary form of senryu, the lighthearted cousin of the haikuConsisting of three lines of approximately 17 syllables, the senryu is often called “the human haiku.” Unlike the haiku which focuses on the natural world, the senryu approaches humans and human emotions, the good and the bad, from a humorous perspective.

Workshop participants will learn about the history of the senryu and haiku, examine and discuss various examples, past and present, and then head to Morikami’s beautiful gardens to generate their own senryu.  This workshop is provided in collaboration with the Palm Beach Poetry Festival


2019-2020 Schedule


  • 11:00am – 1:00pm (theater will be open 15 minutes prior to the start of the workshop, approximately 10:45am).


  • Thursday, January 9, 2020


  • FREE with paid museum admission


  • Morikami Theater

Suggested materials:

  • Writing implement (pencil or pen) and paper to write your own haiku or just take notes.

Meet Your Instructor

Yaddyra Peralta’s works have appeared in Sliver of Stone, PloughsharesJai-alaiAbe’s PennyTigertailThe New Poet, and Hinchas de Poesia.  In 2013, she was a Visiting Writer at the Betsy Hotel’s Writer’s Room in Miami Beach, Florida and one of six Helen M. Salzberg Artists-in-Residence at Florida Atlantic University’s Jaffe Center for the Book Arts where she collaborated on the book Conversation, Too.

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