One of our primary tenets here at the Syracuse Poster Project is to celebrate our hometown of Syracuse and its CNY neighbors with illustrated haiku. Oftentimes, a change of season in CNY is seen as a time of celebration and offers a wellspring of ideas for many of our haiku contributors.
In fact, the time between late August and mid-September, when purple Asters and Queen Anne’s Lace still line country byways, is also the time we celebrate the region’s bountiful harvests and bid farewell to summer.
Over the years, we’ve received wonderful haiku about this time of year. We recently dug into our treasure trove of un-illustrated poems and found several delightful haiku describing singular moments of this colorful season.
Take this richly imaged haiku, for example, written in 2009 by Syracuse, NY poet, Sherry Chayat:
in harvested fields geese forage for a last meal then rise up shrieking
And this cheerful haiku, written in 2013 by Martville, NY poet, Carol Corwin:
doe with spotted fawn— heads raised above rows of corn ready for harvest
You may have seen some of our harvest themed haiku — beautifully interpreted by our Syracuse University illustration students — as posters in the many kiosks dotting Syracuse’s downtown.
One of our favorite haiku posters of this bountiful CNY season was created in 2014. The haiku was written in 2010 by Manlius, NY poet, Rosalyn Carroll and illustrated by former SU Student, Abbey Lossing, now an art director at Buzzfeed.
What do you like most about this time of year? Send us your Harvest Haiku in the comments and we will publish it here on our Poetry Blog.