Spring Break is over and block 7 is underway! It must be time for haiku in the library.
In celebration of National Poetry Month and National Library Week, Tutt Library is once again happy to be asking for your original, library-themed haiku. Between April 1st and April 30th, please submit no more than a dozen entries to the reference desk (or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org, or comment on this post). 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 poems).
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, and you will make Jessy Randall, our resident poet-librarian, quite happy if you remember the difference. Steve Lawson, Tutt humanities liaison, explains further:
A poem is not a haiku
If it celebrates robots or shoes.
You must mention the season
or at least throw some bees in!
Unnatural haiku's "senryu."
(The astute or anxious reader may now be wondering whether senryu are also allowed in our contest. Absolutely! Also, we are now wondering whether we should have a limerick contest next year...)
Tutt Library has books of haiku by Basho, Shiki, Jim Harrison and Ted Kooser, and Jack Kerouac - and our Curator of Special Collections, the above-mentioned 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.
put your daydreams to good use
send us a haiku