How this all came about...
Well, needless to say, it was inspiring. I thought: August can be a slow month for politics and it's hot as hell on the east coast...why not have a political haiku contest?
You might not take up Sarah Palin's concern of infanticide, but maybe it's Iraq, or remembrance of the Bush administration, or gratitude to the birthers, or relief over the end of the recession (then why am I giving a Visa debit card away again???).
Anyway, It's all wide open. Just don't make it hyper-local so the panel has no idea what you're writing about.
RULESFor those of you who don't remember the rules of haiku, here you go:
- 3-short lines
- (17 syllables, 5-7-5)
- no rhyme or metaphor
- 1-season word (as in one of the four....or maybe a political season)
- 1-cutting word (I'll defer to Wikipedia for an explanation here)
I know there are mixed views on this, but the most important rules to follow are the first three. Those who follow all the rules will gain degree of difficulty points with the judges.
Each day, I'll post some of the best or most interesting or something.
At the end of the two weeks, the panel will award a $75 debit card and other prizes.
email your submissions to me: allen [at] governmentalityblog [dot] com
Last day to submit haiku is Sunday, August 30, 2009
UPDATE: DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2009
DEADLINE HAS PASSED, THANKS EVERYBODY FOR THE GREAT ENTRIES!
FOR THE NEWEST, CHECK HERE.
OK...HERE ARE THE RESULTS.