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Spring Forward


By David Lehman

March 15, 2016



By this time next week we will have officially crossed the threshold into spring, in whose honor may I propose that we engage in a game of competitive haikus.

The idea is to write a technically correct stanza: three lines with five syllables in line one, seven syllables in line two, and five syllables in line three. The poem needs to have the word spring in it. Otherwise, the poem should have concrete details only.

Enter as often as you wish. The setting may be urban or bucolic, on any continent, at any time of day or night, any day of the week.

You may rhyme.

Deadline: Sunday, March 20, at noon.

Have fun with it!

David Lehman is a poet and the general editor of The Best American Poetry series. He teaches at The New School in New York City.

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