Remembering Nick Virgilio is a film that movingly portrays the journey of Nick Virgilio – a pioneer of American haiku poetry – in his quest to celebrate life’s simplest moments and to wrestle with the deep grief that ensued following his youngest brother’s death in Vietnam. The 30-minute documentary, which has never been shown outside of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York, will leave viewers suspended in the interval between words and silence.
Susan will provide a brief welcome and introduction of Virgilio, and his place in American haiku. Favorite Virgilio poems will be written on slips of paper and put in a basket prepared in advance. When the intro is over, Antolin will pass around the basket and have audience members pick a poem and read it to help give people a taste of Virgilio’s work.
After the screening of the 30 minute film, Antolin will lead a moderated discussion of how Virgilio approached haiku, how haiku has changed in the interval since his writing, how haiku can help us deal with grief, and whatever other topics the audience wishes to discuss regarding the film and/or Nick Virgilio.
Rick Black, the publisher of the recent book, Nick Virgilio: A Life in Haiku, will provide complimentary bookmarks or note cards with a Virgilio haiku for everyone at the filming as a keepsake.
Susan Antolin has served as the president of the Haiku Poets of Northern California, newsletter editor for both the Haiku Society of America and HPNC, as well as editor of Mariposa for several years. She is now the editor of Acorn: a journal of contemporary haiku. Her collection of haiku and tanka, Artichoke Season, was published in 2009.