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Sunday, July 14, 2024

Golden Haiku Winners Announced

Small, sunset colored signs once again fill the downtown corridor with tranquil, creative poetry from around the world.

With approximately 4,000 submissions from 88 countries, this year’s Golden Haiku competition broke records. More than 1,100 entries were submitted by DC, Maryland and Virginia residents.

This year’s winning poem was submitted by Seth Friedman of Vancouver, Canada:

on the boombox…

a bit of bebop

the pigeon’s strut

In addition to the overall winners, this year’s contest included a new youth sub-category.

The top DC-area high school haiku was from twelfth-grader, Allison, who wrote:

dim sky brightens—

phone plugged

into a charger

The winning DC-area elementary school haiku was from first-grader, Trevor, who wrote:

birds flying

in the night sky

through winds

Golden Triangle President and CEO Leona Agouridis notes that the contest is a unique way to welcome the spring season to the corridor.

“Every year our haiku pop up on the streets just as everyone is walking outside to see the cherry blossoms,” Agouridis said. “Haiku is a beautiful form of art and we encourage everyone to stroll through our neighborhood and enjoy this beloved sign of spring returning to the Golden Triangle.”

All submissions were reviewed and judged by a distinguished panel of published haiku experts including Abigail Friedman, Lenard Moore, Kit Pancoast Nagamura and John Stevenson.

Sarah Payne is a reporter for Capital Community News. She can be reached at sarahp@hillrag.com.

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