Do you Haiku? Brooklyn-inspired poetry

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It is a lesson in the beauty of concision, led by a master.

Award-winning poet Sonia Sanchez, who is known for taking on traditional poetic formats to express politically-charged and progressive ideas, is coming to the Brooklyn Museum to lead a workshop on art of the haiku on Dec. 14.

“Haiku is Ms. Sanchez’s chosen medium for engaging with the idea of peace,” said Elisabeth Callihan, the Adults Program Manager at the Brooklyn Museum. “She believes that the haiku form is inherently non-violent in its intent and structure and engenders beauty, serenity, and brief reflection.”

During the session, Sanchez will give budding poets in the workshop time to write their own peace-themed haiku (quick refresher — the first line is five syllables, the second is seven, the third is five), and then receive input from the group. She will also talk about finding the space to write — something that can be difficult for a writer with a day job.

In honor of the event, we decided to tackle our own haikus — ripped from the headlines of this very paper. Shall we compare Marty Markowitz to a summer’s day?

The Crack

Who did crack that crack?

Was not Whole Foods, says Whole Foods

But she knows better

Only in Bensonhurst

Emmy in the trash,

Hidden under stale pizza:

World’s greatest story

A Tale

Two post offices, each

inspires a diff’rent mood:

One loved, one despised

Berkeley Place

What goes bump in the

night? This Slope block, where houses

shake, few children run


The eight-eight precinct

Stands tall, its turret safe from

Forest City’s ilk

Do you have a Brooklyn haiku? Share it in the comments!

Haiku Workshop with Sonia Sanchez at Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium at the Brooklyn Museum [200 Eastern Parkway near Grand Army Plaza in Crown Heights, (718) 501–6331,]. Dec. 14 at 2 pm. $20.

Reach reporter Jaime Lutz at or by calling (718) 260-8310. Follow her on Twitter @jaime_lutz.
Updated 10:16 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
In the cold Winter
I sit on a rooftop bar
Freezing my ass off
Dec. 11, 2013, 10:59 am
Ed from Bay Ridge says:
My kids are hungry.
But the food is so pricey
At Our Museum.

This class will teach me
To write haiku reminders
To bring sandwiches.
Dec. 11, 2013, 12:09 pm
Secret wookie from The furry moon says:
Brooklyn bums hustle
my pockets are inside out
no more cigarettes
Dec. 11, 2013, 4 pm
parent from wterr says:
im working six days.
class fee: 9 fares for my kid.
sorry. must decline.
Dec. 11, 2013, 4:03 pm
anders from Park Slope says:
Always a critic
Bill Roundy's weekly bar scrawl
Which John Wasserman?
Dec. 11, 2013, 4:56 pm
Ed from Bay Ridge says:
anders from Park Slope says: "Which John Wasserman?"

Petals on Fuji
Outnumbered by fake Johns, Tals.
Meh! It's all bupkis.
Dec. 11, 2013, 5:17 pm
John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
Put the Popeye's in
So the poors can afford food
At the Museum

John Wasserman rules
You don't have a fighting chance
How you like me now?

Pardon the interruption.
Dec. 11, 2013, 6:31 pm
Ed from Bay Ridge says:
Popeye's is wicked!
Why not Wendy's or BK,
Which sell food equivs?
Dec. 11, 2013, 7:48 pm
Bkmanhatman from neubroklyn says:
Winter howls
a drink in hand
Fools be merry upon a roof
Dec. 12, 2013, 10:54 am
Homey from Crooklyn says:
Carmine is screeching
Bartoonist always drinking
Beardos are texting
Dec. 12, 2013, 11:07 am
D*RichFit from Brooklyn USA says:
from spirit they roll
your words unspoken but heard
secrets whispering
Dec. 14, 2013, 8:19 am

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