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.

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