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Still time to enter our haiku contest!

There is still plenty of time to submit your own original haiku for the Rentschler Library Haiku Contest!  The contest ends April 30th. Winner gets a T-Shirt!

Nature themes always make for good haiku. In fact, traditional Japanese haiku almost always had some mention of what season it was written. (either explicitly or implied). Just look around you for inspiration as you walk to class. Take, for instance, the Canadian geese outside of Schwarm Hall…

image of Canadian Goose

Harbingers of spring:
daffodils, tulips, robins
goose poop on sidewalks.

 

 

Your haiku must be in the 5-7-5 syllable format. The contest is open to students, faculty and staff. Winners will be announced no later than May 4th.

Do YOU Haiku? Enter our Haiku Contest!

yoda from Star Wars

Swampy Dagobah —
even a Jedi Master
can’t keep his feet dry.

 

If you enter the Rentschler Library Haiku contest, you don’t even have to have a serious theme. That’s how wide open the contest is. Write one about your favorite popular culture thing, your dog, that time you got sick on the bus. As long as it’s cleverly done, we don’t care.

So go ahead…submit a haiku using our online form. Win, you just might.

Enter our Haiku Contest

haiku T-shirtApril is National Poetry Month and just one of the ways Rentschler Library is celebrating this year is with our Haiku Contest. Just write your own original haiku in the 5 syllable, 7 syllables, 5 syllable format and you could win a haiku T-shirt (at left.) You get to select your color and size, though.


The contest is open to all Miami-affiliated persons (students, faculty, 
and staff.) You can enter your haiku online at the URL below or stop by our display in Rentschler Library to fill out a form. We also have a small collection of haiku books on display for inspiration. 

Entry form: https://goo.gl/forms/kEGcAT9lSbPCsqQt2

What is a haiku? Here’s what the Academy of American Poets says:

“A traditional Japanese haiku is a three-line poem with seventeen syllables, written in a 5/7/5 syllable count. Often focusing on images from nature, haiku emphasizes simplicity, intensity, and directness of expression….. As the form has evolved, many of these rules—including the 5/7/5 practice—have been routinely broken. However, the philosophy of haiku has been preserved: the focus on a brief moment in time; a use of provocative, colorful images; an ability to be read in one breath; and a sense of sudden enlightenment and illumination.

Here’s a haiku from novelist and poet Richard Wright to get you started:

 From this skyscraper,
all the bustling streets converge
towards the spring sea

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