Monday, March 27, 2017

Annual Juried Haiku Exhibition

Inspired by the success of Black History Month and Women's History Month, the Academy of American Poets founded National Poetry Month in 1996.  Among their goals was a desire to increase support for poets and their works by increasing media attention and encouraging additional distribution (and publishing) of poetry books.

In 2014, the Samford University Library began its tradition of observing National Poetry Month with our annual juried haiku exhibition featuring short poems submitted by members from the Samford faculty, staff, students and library patrons.  We will continue that tradition next month and we're asking YOU to submit your best haiku!

Image source: Wikimedia Commons 

Haiku painting from 1688 by famous Edo period poet Matsuo Bashō.  English translation:

Quietly, quietly,
yellow mountain roses fall –
sound of the rapids.

The next haiku exhibition is scheduled to be installed on Thursday, April 6th and will remain beside the grand staircase on the 1st floor of the library until Friday, April 28th.  If you would like to submit your meditations following the short form structure of haiku, please fill out this short form below or tweet to us at @SamfordULibrary.

You may submit your haiku anonymously or with your name.  The best haiku may be displayed in the library and/or shared via the library's social media.

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