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New Mexico State University Library will have haiku contest

The New Mexico State University Library will have a haiku contest during October.


pants can enter as many as three haiku in English about libraries or librarians. The first prize winner will receive a dinner for two at the MIX restaurant, and the second prize winner will receive a dinner for two at Village Inn.

Haiku is a traditional form of Japanese poetry consisting of three lines of five, seven and five syllables respectively, for a total of 17 syllables. A haiku makes a simple and direct observation of a daily situation that leads to an "aha!" moment and a larger observation about the world. Usually, haiku is divided into two parts by punctuation after the first or second line. While traditional haiku includes a word that indicates the season in which the haiku is set, some non-Japanese versions often do not.

Anyone can enter the contest except for members of the NMSU Library newsletter's editorial board. Entries must be submitted to Jeanette Smith at jcsmith@lib.nmsu.edu on or before Oct. 31. For more information on the contest, contact Smith at (505) 646-7492.