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. Before 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...)
Through the end of April, the Tutt Library lobby display area will feature poetry-related books chosen by Tutt social sciences librarian, Mimi Wheatwind; she has included many of our haiku books in this display. Mimi put together a beautiful research guide for exploring all kinds of poetry: you can visit the haiku page of the Ars Poetica guide for inspiration, information, and links.
We also have 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