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Collaboration Haiku

Posted By Randall Reitz, Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Updated: Thursday, May 26, 2011

As the CFHA Conference in Louisville fast approaches, the collaborators of the world are abuzz with creative energy. What better way to channel that enthusiasm than by writing a short Japanese poem? You loved haiku in 4th grade, now that you've finished grad school, you are a Haiku MASTER.

This link will take you to a brief video synopsis of how to write haiku. Traditional haiku maintains a very tight formulation of 17 syllables, 3 lines, 1 season, and the creative juxtaposition of 2 disparate images. As with all things American, new world haiku tend to be more free-form and include the profane with the natural. For example, a favorite website of mine boasts over 19,000 haiku dedicated to spam, including this gem:

Post-SPAM catharsis:

Peptic acid and pink chunks

Floor-mount Pollock piece

Please take a minute to add your own haiku about collaborative care or your aspirations for the upcoming Louisville conference. I'll get us started with:

Reform the system

Discover self among peers


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