The way people respond to the circumstances of their lives tells us so much about them. We do it with poetry — that’s what makes us poets. Beginning tomorrow, The Haiku Foundation will offer a monthly kukai to stimulate and chronicle our poetic reactions as we work our way through the current situation. It’s designed for your enjoyment as well as an opportunity to keep your craft in good working order. So please, take the necessary precautions, maintain your social distances, wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds as often as you can — and plan to share your poetic thoughts with your fellow travelers.
The THF Kukai Overview
A kukai is a (usually quite casual) poetry contest. The administrator of the kukai (that’s us) assigns a theme for a given writing period and posts to Troutswirl (The Haiku Foundation blog) on the THF site, which is then redirected outward through our various media outlets. Poets write work to this theme during the allotted time and submit it to the administrator. The work submitted is gathered into an anonymous roster and posted to Troutswirl (The Haiku Foundation blog) for public viewing. At that time all participating poets and other interested readers may vote for their favorites. Votes are tallied and the results made public. Ten winners will be acknowledged each month, and offered their choice of prizes from a list compiled by the Foundation.
Our first kukai will begin tomorrow, April 1, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. Our first theme will be announced at that time, along with detailed instructions for participation.