For our Fall 2016 haiku contest, we’re borrowing from a theme found in our One Book One Campus selection, Make Your Home Among Strangers.
Your haiku poem should attempt to explore the question, “What does it mean to be a stranger?”
Address the theme any way you like. As long as your haiku addresses “strangers” in some capacity, we’ll publish it. It does not have to be about the book. Have fun with it! Use your imagination! Be serious! Be silly! Just be creative!
WHAT IS A HAIKU?
A haiku is an unrhymed three-line poem. It is based on a traditional Japanese poetic form. Though there are different ways to write haiku, the traditional pattern in English is to write the first and last lines with five syllables each, and the middle line with seven syllables. In other words, the pattern of syllables looks like this:
Line 1: 5 syllables
Line 2: 7 syllables
Line 3: 5 syllables
Here’s another way to visualize the same thing:
1 2 3 4 5
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 2 3 4 5
Here’s one example:
Please be sure to submit your poem(s) under the haiku selection so viewers can easily find your work.