In May 2018, the Haiku Society of America and Holden Forests & Gardens will be partnering to bring approximately 20 poems written by poets from around the world to the Holden Arboretum. The haiku will be placed along the Woodland Trail, giving visitors a new way to interact with the forest that surrounds them. Each poem will relate back to the mission and vision of the Holden Arboretum while reflecting an appreciation of nature.
Haiku are three-line poems consisting of a one-line fragment and a two-line phrase, written in the present tense, like a snapshot with words. Haiku authors avoid conventional poetic devices, including rhyme, personification, similes and metaphors, instead using simple, common words to capture a single moment in time. To learn more about this art form, visit hsa-haiku.org.
In the spirit of the outdoor exhibit, let the beauty of nature awaken your inner poet. Select an image below that inspires you to write your own haiku and fill out the submission form below. You can also submit your haiku by picking up a form at the Corning Visitor Center and returning it to the front desk, or scanning and emailing it to email@example.com. Your haiku will then be displayed at the Corning Visitor Center for all to enjoy. The deadline for submission is April 1.
If you would like to submit more than one haiku online, close out of the Arboretum’s web tab after each submission and reopen holdenarb.org to renew the ability to complete the form.