Celebrating Poetry

Clermont College Library celebrated National Poetry Month with the fifth annual Haiku Contest. Sixty-five students submitted 155 haiku. The poets came from a variety of majors including IT, history, and of course English.

Each morning during the entry period, I opened the portal and collected the poems. Haiku is a poetic form that is dependent on the experiences of the person writing. As I read each one, I admired the uniqueness of each poem.

After I read the haiku, I collected them in a document (sans the authors’ names) and sent them to our wonderful judges, Professors Cassie Fetters and Mike Hampton, who determined the winners.

 

Grand prize went to Meranda Balkema for:

 

Merenda Balkema

 

Darkness cannot win

If I do not let it in

Spring’s sun, makes it run

 

 

 

 
Three honorable mentions were chosen:

 

Love, justice, freedom

Sometimes that which gives us life

Can tear us apart

– Tessa Moore

 

Serendipitous

One word with five syllables

That is pretty cool.

– Evan Tellep

 

I despise the foes

Who char marshmallows to ash

And say “edible”

– Julia Wahle

 

Thanks to all who entered. We look forward to the 2017 Haiku Contest.

 

Penny McGinnis
Technical Services Manager

 

 

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