Coos Art Museum Invites You to Participate in Poetry of the Pandemic – a Haiku Event

This is a free event that invites submissions of haiku on the theme of everyday life during the pandemic. There will be no judging, though there will be a “People’s Choice Award”. One poem per person.

Haiku are a form of Japanese poetry. They are small and humble poems that depict the everyday world around us and give a flash of insight into that world. A haiku is a poem which traditionally has 17 syllables divided into three lines of 5, 7, and 5. Though this format is not required in English haiku, it is requested that submissions follow this form. Titles are not necessary for haiku poetry, but you may include one – this will not count towards your 17 syllables. Your poem must be original.

This will be a virtual event. The haiku will be displayed in the Museum for public viewing from April 16 – June 26, 2021 in conjunction with exhibitions “Expressions West”, “David George Andersen: Satiric Constructs”, and “Yuji Hiratsuka – Contemporary Narratives: Prints and Works on Paper”.

It is the intent of the Museum to include all of the submitted haiku in a commemorative publication that will be shared with the public. If you do not wish to be included in the publication, you may decline on the Entry Submission Form.

whatever weather
every trip to the store
Russian roulette
~ Robert Epstein

social distancing
a café full of singles
immersed in their phones
~David J. Kelly

Submissions will be accepted through March 31st, 2021.