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Hand-To-Hand Haiku Match

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Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

There is probably no literary form that lends itself less to competition or aggression than haiku, a meditative, 17-syllable style of poetry that took root in 17th-century Japan. Nonetheless, slam poets do sometimes engage in "haiku battles," and a Virginia-based writer named Raven Mack has adapted that practice into what he calls the "hand-to-hand haiku match." The idea comes to Madison with eight poets competing in three judged elimination rounds, presumably trying to out-contemplate each other in 5-7-5 form all the while. The contestants are F.J. Bergmann, Donna Carnes, Heath Langreck, Dana Maya, Jessika Pasch, James Roberts, Richard Roe, and Jeanie Tomasko. —Scott Gordon

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