#haiflu for National Poetry Day

It was recently National Poetry Day in England… sounds like a good enough excuse to me for a celebration! I hopped over to the official website (nationalpoetryday.co.uk) to see what’s new and found something exciting: Project Haiflu!

Project Haiflu is a crowd-sourced collection of haiku on the theme of the pandemic. It began when spoken word artist Liv Torc posted a message on Facebook…

Tell me what you’ve noticed, in haiku form, just 3 lines and 5-7-5 syllables. 
Oh, and add a picture. I’ll pull them together into a weekly film. 

The response was enthusiastic and resulted in, to date, “more than 8,000 crowd-sourced haiku, more than 500 “citizen artists”, 13 films and a newly-minted hybrid artform uniquely adapted to the nation’s creative needs during the pandemic,” says the National Poetry Day website.

So how do we haiflu? A good start, watch Liv Torc’s video tutorial on this cathartic project.

Now that we’ve been enlightened, let’s write some haiflu. I can’t think of anything better to do with 2020 than turn it into poetry. Here’s mine:


About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, publisher, and author with over 20 years of experience in newspaper journalism. She co-publishes Space and Time magazine with author husband Ryan Aussie Smith. For more information visit SpaceandTime.net
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