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Contest: Pick your favorite haiku


I’ve always considered myself a triple threat: actor, comedian, dancer. I act like I don’t care. I know tons of knock-knock jokes. And I can square-dance like a champ.

Patricia Smith - headliner at BMA SpeaksWith BMA Speaks, the spoken word celebration at the Birmingham Museum, coming up, I thought I’d try some poetry out loud. But I need your help. The free event will be 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 6 at the museum, with headliner Patricia Smith (pictured here).

Poetry should be heard aloud. Which ones do you think are the best or worst, the ones you’d like to see me perform?

I have more than 1,200 (and counting) haiku on this site. In order to qualify for the event, entrants must turn in poems by tomorrow (Friday, Jan. 30). You can help me narrow it down.

Leave a comment (you can copy and paste your favorite poem) below, and one randomly selected qualifying commenter will receive a crappy prize. I guarantee: The prize will be crappy, far beneath you or your social standing.

Entry deadline: Leave your comment by 3 p.m. CST Jan. 30.

I’ll announce the results next week. Here are the haiku for you to peruse …

Good luck!

10 Yips for “Contest: Pick your favorite haiku”

  1. ginny
    Thursday, January 29, 2009, 3:22 pm

    I vote for whichever batch is the funniest.

  2. David Griner
    Thursday, January 29, 2009, 3:27 pm

    Catlike reflexes
    are just no match for doglike

  3. christopher davis
    Thursday, January 29, 2009, 3:54 pm

    the first is my favorite.

    blur of days
    I did this Sunday.
    (Or was that last Saturday?)
    Is today Tuesday?!

    probably because i’ve found it increasingly difficult to recall what happened during the weekend when someone asks me on a monday what i did.


  4. Rush Montgomery III
    Thursday, January 29, 2009, 5:40 pm

    Haiku’s are easy
    But your damned security
    Made me add numbers

  5. Kenn
    Thursday, January 29, 2009, 6:28 pm

    I think I should like
    This one about college days
    ’cause it resonates:

    ~blazing around~
    A hundred degrees
    don’t make you smarter, but they
    do make you suffer.

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    Friday, January 30, 2009, 12:54 am

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  7. James
    Friday, January 30, 2009, 2:13 pm

    tavern toast

  8. Wade
    Friday, January 30, 2009, 10:18 pm

    Thanks, all! Results soon.

  9. Andie
    Friday, January 30, 2009, 10:31 pm

    Dang, I didn’t post here. I never win the crappy prize.

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