We at the Tutt Library Newsblog are peculiarly delighted by the zombie haiku movement that is sweeping American letters at the moment, but we think library haiku are even better!
your serendipitous art
To celebrate National Poetry Month and National Library Week and our wonderful Colorado
snow spring, Tutt Library is once again holding a haiku contest! Please submit your original, library-themed haiku to the reference desk (or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org) by April 30th. Winners will receive faaaaaaaaabulous prizes, and selected entries will be posted around the library. You can peruse some of last year's top entries on page 2 of the most recent Tutt Library Chronicle, available here.
Some people will tell you that you should stick to seventeen syllables per haiku, and no more than twenty entries per contestant, and we tend to agree with those people. More importantly, use your imagination! Embrace your poetic nature! And incite your friends to enter too!
put your daydreams to good use
send us a haiku
Don't know the difference between haiku and senryu? Want to know more about these ancient poetic forms? Well, this is a library -- we can help!
The online Oxford English Dictionary defines haiku here and senryu here.
Tutt Library has books of haiku by Basho, Shiki, Jim Harrison and Ted Kooser, and Jack Kerouac - and you can find thousands of examples of and scholarly articles on haiku in Granger's, JSTOR, MLA Bibliography, Humanities International Complete, and more, via our English Subject Guide.
Our own Curator of Special Collections, Jessy Randall, has published several haiku, including these.
We hope all this haikuphilic information serves as an inspiration for you to get started writing your own.
Seniors write theses,
staring out slit-like windows.
Spring blooms on the quad.