haiku and friends

October 23, 2020

This haiku contest notice comes with a couple of caveats: 1) the contest rules insist upon the 5-7-5 syllable pattern, and 2) the contest is open to University of Iowa alumni, faculty and staff, students, and friends of any age, but there’s no information about what qualifies you as a “friend.”

If you’re still interested, the Hawkeye Haiku Contest is open through November 18, 2020. Read all about it.

and meanwhile in L.A.

September 30, 2020

Whatever you may think of the 5-7-5 rule of haiku, it’s nonetheless gratifying to see that poetry is getting marquee treatment at the Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. Read the story in Variety, including the list of featured poets through the end of 2020, and, while you’re at it, read Michael Dylan Welch’s essay on the urban myth of 5-7-5.

(Here’s a postscript courtesy of Michael Dylan Welch: a similar project was done some years ago in New York City and a book of postcards with photos of the marquees was published in 2008, Haiku on 42nd St.: A Celebration of Urban Poetry and Art.)

what to do in February…

October 26, 2011

NaHaiWriMoIn addition to shoveling your sidewalk, finishing the novel you started in November (NaNoWriMo) and drafting your poem for submission to the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest, you are invited to participate in National Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo) in February.

Short poems for a short month, with plenty of information and inspiration to be found on the NaHaiWriMo website (including why NO 5-7-5). NaHaiWriMo also has a Facebook page, which is packed with frequent posts and prompts. [Post-post: click on Comment below this post and read what Michael Dylan Welch has to say about NaHaiWriMo!]

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