A call for haiku is now underway for the Syracuse Poster Project’s 17th annual series of haiku posters! In fact, you’re invited! Please consider participating in this community-wide event by submitting up to three (3) of your best haiku which reflect our fair city’s multi-cultural heart, the Central New York countryside or Syracuse at large!
In addition, we have commissioned Syracuse artist, Nicora Gangi, to create a poster giving you the unique opportunity–in essence, an Ekphrastic challenge–to write at least one (1) haiku inspired by her wonderful image! That image being, fittingly enough, of our city as a place of welcome to all people and cultures. Ms. Gangi will select the winning haiku. To read a review of her superb work, click here.
Each haiku you submit before Friday, September 8 will be presented to a senior class of Syracuse University illustration students. Ultimately, your haiku may be chosen to be illustrated by one of these students! Of all the posters created, 15 of the best haiku posters will be selected for display in downtown Syracuse kiosks next April, 2018.
Need inspiration? Not sure how to capture a moment? Consider how these frequent contributors approach writing haiku–
Walk…along an Erie Canal pathway, where, as Rosalyn Carroll (Manlius 2007), writes:
Wildflowers sway bright / Dragonflies buzz and fish bite / Erie traffic hums
Watch…as Debra Alexis (Jamesville 2016) does:
Moonbeams hitch a ride / onto lazy waves, while the / leaves flutter and fall
Look…as Anton Ninno (Syracuse 2014) does:
Pond at Barry Park / tall reeds in quiet water / heron strikes–and eats!
Listen…as Paul Goat Allen (Camillus 2004) does:
Sidewalks spill laughter / Armory Square fellowship / downtown Summer night
Feel…as Barbara McCleary (Fulton 2009) does:
Walking by the lake / Icy winds that sear my soul. / My cheeks are burning!
Remember, any season, any place, any subject–write about your experiences in a haiku using three lines of 5, 7, 5 syllables, and submit your poems by September 8, 2017. For further details, click here for this year’s brochure. For additional entry materials, click here. If you’re new to writing haiku, click here for general guidelines. Find more good haiku by local poets in this poetry blog.