Small poem, global reach.

THE

CORONAKU

PROJECT

A global album of haiku-style poems in which to document and share our collective coronavirus, quarantine, and social distancing experiences.

We need you.

Traditionally, haiku is a form of Japanese poetry consisting of three lines and seventeen syllables: 5 in the first line, 7 in the second, and 5 in the third. Often, haiku has nature as its subject.

A coronaku is a simple twist on haiku. A coronaku contains a fourth line consisting of one word (of any syllable length). Why? Because it's unexpected—and so are the circumstances in which we currently find ourselves as a global community.

The subject of a coronaku can be anything related to the writer's experience of the current coronavirus pandemic and its accompanying quarantine, self-isolation, and social distancing measures.

Please help us grow our album.

Wherever you reside in the world, you are invited to participate by contributing your coronakus. (Parents are welcome to contribute their children's poems.)

Click HERE to view writing guidelines and to submit your poem. Newer poems will be added to the top of the gallery below.

 

Coronaku Gallery: We Are One Planet

(Click on a single poem to enlarge it.)

 

Ready to submit? It's easy.

A coronaku is slightly different from a traditional haiku.

  • Write a first line that contains 5 syllables.

  • Write a second line that contains 7 syllables.

  • Write a third line that contains 5 syllables again.

  • Now, write a fourth line that contains just one word (of any syllable length).

  • Your poem may or may not contain punctuation or capitalization, as you choose.

HOW TO WRITE A CORONAKU

That's it! Easy. Is there some leeway in the rules? Yes, of course, but please do your best to adhere to them. If writing in another language, please translate into English before submitting your poem.

Your coronaku should relate to your experience with the coronavirus or with quarantine, self-isolation, or social distancing measures. That doesn't mean it has to mention those things, however. How are you spending your time these days? What are you thinking, wishing, planning, noticing?

We'll try to post every poem that's submitted, but please understand that submitting your poem does not guarantee its appearance on this website.

Upon submission, you retain all rights to your work, but you give One Planet Poetry permission to post your poem, your first name, and your state/region/country on this website and potentially on its Instagram page (@1PlanetPoetry, currently under construction).

FAQs

Do I have to be a poet or writer to contribute to The Coronaku Project?

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No. This is a community project, and everyone is welcome to contribute.

Does my poem have to meet the syllable counts described above?

   

This project is much more about community than perfect poetry. With that said, however, please try to adhere to the rules. Poems that deviate too far from them may not be posted.

Can I submit more than one poem?

     

Yes. There's no limit. Keep in mind, though, that not all poems may be posted on the site.

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