The deadline to submit up to three (3) of your best haiku to the 2020 Syracuse Poster Project Series is quickly approaching! Is yours ready?
The 2020 Poster Series will consist of the traditional 15 posters based on life in and around Syracuse, and one specially themed poster on the pleasures of living healthy in Central New York. Again this year, haiku selected to become a poster will be illustrated by local artists. Completed works will hang in the colorful kiosks lining downtown Syracuse beginning next Spring!
Are you needing some inspiration? Not sure how to capture a moment? Consider how simple sensory experiences influenced the writing of these frequent SPP contributors:
Walk…along an Erie Canal pathway as Rosalyn M. Carroll (Manlius 2007) often does:
Wildflowers sway bright
Dragonflies buzz and fish bite
Erie traffic hums
Watch…the flight of a butterfly as Jungtae Lee (Syracuse 2008) did:
a monarch flutters
in and around the buildings
a flower pot calls
Look…quietly and be surprised as Anton Ninno (Syracuse 2014) was:
Pond at Barry Park
tall reeds in quiet water
Heron strikes–and eats!
Listen…closely to the night as Paul Goat Allen (Camillus 2004) did:
Sidewalks spill laughter
Armory Square fellowship
downtown Summer night
Feel…the thrill and rush of air as Craig Overbeck (Fayetteville 2016) does:
Nothing is better
than flying downhill fast–on
a red bicycle
For more inspiration, we think you’ll agree that our featured haiku poster beautifully reflects life, love, tradition and memorable experiences all wrapped into one. The haiku was written by Dianne Apter and illustrated by Kathleen O’Dell for our 2019 Poster Series.
Syracuse front porch / Ladies young—older—oldest / Wine—laughter—gossip
As you prepare to write, remember, nearly all haiku selected for illustration by the Syracuse Poster Project celebrate our area’s four distinct seasons, our favorite pastimes, our many diverse community celebrations and events!
For the special poster on the pleasures of living healthy in CNY, think broadly of physical, emotional and spiritual health, and reflect on lifestyle choices that leave you feeling healthy!
Create your haiku with three lines of 5, 7, 5 syllables. Comb through your personal experiences and use your imagination! If you need more inspiration, you’ll find more good haiku here on our Poetry Blog or browse through our Gallery and our Shop.
Give it a try – what have you got to lose?!
Be sure to submit your poems by Friday, September 6, 2019.