Friday, May 29, 2009

Haiku Hijinks

I just stumbled upon a fun story in the press about a contest being run at London's King's Cross and St. Pancras train station.

If you don't have time to click the link, here's a summary:
British train station
organizes neat contest:
haiku on Twitter.

Haiku is an ancient form of Japanese poetry that demands that complete poems be written in three lines of 5-7-5 syllables. Though traditionally Haiku are used to create mental images, touch on nature and are philosophical, the form has become a pop culture favourite and modern day (particularly English language) - versions of the poems can be found on almost any topic.

Here's a selection of titles from the library collection - both traditional and more tongue-in-cheek - that feature or are about Haiku:

Born of a Dream: 50 Haiku by various authors

Gay Haiku by Joel Derfner

Global Haiku: twenty-five poets world-wide edited by George Swede and Randy Brooks

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