Haiku Contest October 2017
Each fall, the freshman class participates in a poetry contest.
In the early years of its existence, the poetic and literary form of choice for this contest was the limerick. But gradually a consensus emerged that given the incorporation of non-Western texts in the Freshman Program it would be good to draw on an East Asian literary tradition as well. So for eleven years now, the entries in the Poetry Contest have followed a great Japanese poetic genre – the haiku. The freshman whose haiku is chosen “lights the fire” in the Commons for the first time of the year. This year’s winner joins the pantheon of poetry writers who have come before them, including:
CC Senior Andrew Brokaw
CC Junior Rachel Silcox
CC Sophomore Jesse Hershberger
The Haiku deemed most provocative for fall 2017 was written by Grace Biermann.
Blood soaking dark earth –
Cain staring – still gasps for breath.
Then – the voice of God.