My good friend Elizabeth of About New York and I had some good conversation by email this week, and an idea blossomed from it: how about a haiku/poetry festival in blogland?! Would anyone like to join us? Haiku is the focus, but if you prefer another form of poetry we're not picky--feel free to share!
If you'd like to participate please let me or Elizabeth know, and we will compile a list of names and links. Posting date is Monday, May 11, 2009. Please let us know by Saturday, May 9th if you are joining in--that way we can compile the lists in time for the big festival day. And then on May 11th post your written creations on your blogs for us all to see and share in. If you'd like, include a photo or some art work/image with your poem. Elizabeth and I will post our own poems, and you can go through the list of participants and visit them.
In my sidebar you'll find a button I made for this event. If you'd like to include it on your page and spread the word, please do!
Do you remember learning and writing haiku from school days? Haiku in English is most often written in three lines of 5-7-5 syllables per line, making up 17 syllables total. The poem by Basho at the top is a wonderful, magical example of traditional haiku.
So don't be shy... Come join us for some fun and delight in the beauty of poetry!