put your daydreams to good use
send us a haiku
In celebration of National Poetry Month and National Library Week, Tutt Library is happy to be seeking your original, library-themed haiku for the fifth time. Please submit no more than a dozen entries to the reference desk (or email them to email@example.com, or comment on this post) by April 30th. Winners will receive fabulous prizes and their haiku will be creatively immortalized.
The fine print: If you use more or less than seventeen syllables, if you aren’t a CC student or employee, if you don’t talk about libraries or your experience in them, or if you submit pseudonymously, you are unlikely to win any prizes (but we’d still like to read your haiku).
Use your imagination! Embrace your poetic nature! Tell all your friends!
always wanted to
tell libraries how you feel?
Want to know more before you take the plunge? Well, this is a library -- we can help!
The online Oxford English Dictionary defines haiku here and senryu here. (The astute or anxious reader may now be wondering whether senryu are also allowed in our contest. Absolutely!)
Tutt Library has books of haiku by Basho, Shiki, Jim Harrison and Ted Kooser, and Jack Kerouac - and our own Curator of Special Collections, Jessy Randall, has published several haiku, including this one. 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.
We hope all this haikuphilic information serves as an inspiration for you to get started writing your own, and sharing them with us.