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National Haiku Writing Month starts in February 2015

Background

You may be familiar with National Novel Writing Month, which takes place in November each year. This great event, also known as NaNoWriMo, challenges participants to write a 50,000-word novel in a month. November has thirty days, so that’s an average of 1,667 words per day, which is too much for some people to sustain, especially if they have day jobs. For those who want something that is, ahem, more challenging, how about NaHaiWriMo, National Haiku Writing Month? Oh, sure, all you have to do is write one little poem each day, but don’t think it’s easy to write a really good haiku. French philosopher and literary theorist Roland Barthes once observed thatHaiku has this rather fantasmagorical property: that we always suppose we ourselves can write such things easily.” If each of your haiku has as many as ten words (which is probably too many), that’s only 280 words you have to write (290 in leap years), but really, don’t fool yourself into thinking it’s easy. To find out more, visit “Why No 5-7-5.” And then learn how to participate.