Haiku/Poetry Contest Planning

The 4th Annual Organic Mechanic Haiku contest is approaching. I’m trying to decide whether or not I should keep it strictly haiku, change it to a dirty limerick contest, or make it a poetry contest proper. What would you like?

I considered making the prizes monetary this year, but I think I’ll stick with a book or something groovy like this; and of course, the ubiquitous compilation CDs.

The contest will run the month of April, since that is National Poetry Month, and I’m thinking about dedicating the blog to poetry for that entire month. Since I’ve not written a poem, and only come up with a few appropriate sounding phrases since then, perhaps reengaging in the world of poetry will relieve my complacency.

In any case, I don’t think the haiku medium is working as well anymore, the first year [now unfortunately lost somewhere in innumerable redesigns and migrations] was amazing. Dirty limericks might throw a bit of juice and ribaldry back into the mix, but maybe it is time to grow up and only accept stuff that isn’t done only for the sake of being clever. Any input is welcome.

Comments and conversations on this post

  1. maybe a serious contest and a dirty limmerick contest. you don’t need to award winners with gifts, IMHO; mix CDs would be good enough. Save your moolah.

  2. i also agree….mix cds are the greatest gift of all!

  3. how about a song writing contest???

    🙂

    if not a song, i think all the other ideas are quite fab.

  4. If I go with songwriting, only you and phil and patrick will likely have entries. And entries would require an mp3 of the completed tune. So no. 🙂

  5. i officially have 3 mp3’s of my stuff…recorded from a night i had too much to drink, but they’re mp3’s none the less. 🙂

    i know…i’m just trying to plug myself any possible way i can. 🙂 it was worth a try.

  6. I’ll host one on here if you want me too. just email it. Same goes for you phil or you patrick.

  7. i have an MP3 of me hiccuping.

  8. Are you hiccoughing a song?

  9. hiccup. not hiccough.
    oh, it’s musical all right.

  10. i’ll stick one up there for Bård if he wants as well.

  11. maura, that song was excellent. great voice. now i gotta come up with something really good! if only i could sing. i make neil young sound like an angel.

  12. Adam, you told me you had written a song 🙂 So you would be able to contribute to a song writing contest too.

  13. I can’t contribute to the contest I run. Also, I forgot the tune, like the big loser I am.

    Oh, and Jeff, if I make it a standard poetry contest, anything will go. If it stays the haiku contest then it won’t be 17 syllables but 7. 17 syllables are too many for English haiku. Seven seems to bit a bit closer to the simplicity and minimalism of true haiku.

  14. maura, great song! I enjoyed it a lot.

  15. Bård, her song is linked up at the top of my page. No word on the hiccuping yet.

  16. You should put it on your blog.

  17. oh man. i want to play.

  18. Shalom Adam,

    Are Chai’ku (18 syllables instead of 17) acceptable?

    B’shalom,

    Jeff

  19. wait, where is maura’s song? i wanna hear. i also want to hear hiccuping.

  20. Ah, thanks, I must have been blind. Maura, you’ve got a very good voice! It can carry a message with emotion.

    In the spirit of attempting not to be shy, I’ll offer a song I’m tinkering with. Adam, you can host it on your page if you want.