Tri-Talk with Abigail Friedman
We interviewed Golden Haiku Judge Abigail Friedman about the annual contest and what goes into judging haiku. Learn more about her journey to becoming a renowned haiku author in The Haiku Apprentice: Memoirs of Writing Poetry in Japan (Stone Bridge Press).
1. Why are haiku contests important?
Some people aren’t confident about their haiku or are shy about sharing their haiku with others. A contest is a nice way to overcome this. No one needs to know if you submit a haiku, and, if your haiku is chosen for an honorable mention or more, it can be just the encouragement needed for you to keep on writing.
2. So much about haiku is mysterious. How do you recognize a good haiku?
Like all poetry, appreciation of a specific poem is a very personal thing. For me, a good haiku feels like a gift from the author: A good haiku allows me to admire the gift wrapping, unwrap the gift myself, and then delight in its content.
3. What makes the Golden Haiku contest unique?
What I love about the Golden Haiku contest is that it isn’t just about writing haiku. It’s an invitation to bring beauty and fun to downtown Washington, D.C. The selected haiku are planted in flower beds around town, before the flowers appear, right at that time of year when we are tired of winter yet spring has not yet come.
The expert panel of award-winning haiku writers will select the top poems from more than 1,200 entries. More than 100 poems will be posted around the neighborhood at the end of February. Read more.