Stone Soup Poetry meets from 8-10 p.m. every Monday at the Out of The Blue Art Gallery at 106 Prospect Street with an open mike sign-up at 7:30 p.m. Please consider this a call for participation as Stone Soup plans its second annual Head-to-Head Haiku in celebration of National Poetry Month on April 8th.
Stone Soup is looking for a minimum of 8 poets to participate in his
friendly competition. Interested persons should email Stone Soup at
firstname.lastname@example.org or post on this Facebook event page.
Hosted by Michael F. Gill and Chad Parenteau, with possible surprise
guest hosts. $3-$5 donation to help pay our rent/support the Out of the
Blue Art Gallery.
Haiku is a
traditional Japanese poetry form consisting of 17 syllables, commonly
with syllable line counts 5-7-5 and normally includes a reference to
nature. These pithy poems can be witty, whimsical, and wise. Head to
Head Haiku is a performance poetry competition featuring standard and
"modern American" haiku. The form was originated by Daniel Ferri (heard
often as a commentator on NPR) at the National Poetry Slam in the 1990s
as a demonstration event. The tradition has been continued by devotees
of the Haiku form. Winning Poets must get the best 3 of 5, 5 of 9 and 9
of 17 in the series of rounds.
Sudden death matches are
commonly used as tie breakers or if more than 8 want to compete. The
whole show can be quite humorous at times and there is no strict rule
other than the poems must be 17 syllables. Purists should rest assured
that traditional Haiku often outscore the sarcastic slapstick, but like
any slam it depends on the judges and it's more about entertainment and
providing a unique environment for the work be heard.