THE HAIKU YEAR-IN-REVIEW
WE HAVE WINNERS for 2014!
Poets tweeted and emailed their submissions in response to events of 2014. This year, we decided to open the door to more than four poems. We took the best work, and created a design that would allow it to sing together: here it is!
WHAT IS IT??
It's a writing contest, it's a collaborative grab-bag, it's a panoply of voices and visions.... it's the annual Haiku Year-In-Review (henceforth referred to as HYIR).
The purpose: to celebrate, examine, and honor the past year in poetry and art.
The specifics shift slightly from year to year, as we try different approaches. Click the images to the right for previous years' HYIR.
WHEN'S THE NEXT ONE?
On the cusp of 2015/2016. We'll give you a shout then!
A LITTLE BACKGROUND...
In early America, from about 1720 to the early 1900s, newspaper carriers would present their subscribers with a poem on New Year's Day. These broadsides (ahem) were called Carriers' Addresses. Illustrated with engravings, they would chronicle the year's events. See images and information at Brown University's special collection.
The origins of haiku have a tie to the annual through their traditional seasonality. A mention of the moment is a critical element to classic haiku. For those unfamiliar with Haiku, here's a link to a site that discusses traditional formats.
Broadsided Press's commitment to street-worthy art and writing leads us to combine these forms into a modern incarnation that borrows a bit, too, from the graphic spirit of the comic book.