March - May 2020
Small poem, global reach.
A global album of haiku-style poems in which to document and share our collective coronavirus, quarantine, and social distancing experiences.
PROJECT SUMMARY: From March to late May 2020, we collected and posted haiku-style poems—called coronakus—on the topic of global quarantine and social distancing measures. This was very much a community endeavor, and the call for contributions was issued to poets and non-poets alike. Thank you to everyone who participated. Scroll down to reach our coronaku gallery, and stay tuned for more One Planet Poetry projects.
What is a coronaku?
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.
Below are the coronakus we received from March to late May 2020. For many, this time period marked the start of quarantine/lockdown measures related to the coronavirus.
Coronaku Gallery: We Are One Planet
(Click on a single poem to enlarge it.)
How to Write a Coronaku
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.
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?