Naviarhaiku 017

For National Poetry Month, The New York Times asked readers to write haiku about the city: three lines of five, seven and five syllables. The response — more than 2,800 submissions in 10 days — was as impressive, and as exhausting, as the city itself. Writers were asked to stick to six subjects: the island, strangers, solitude, commuting, 6 a.m. and kindness. Beyond that, poems could be fashioned from whatever inspiration the five boroughs provided.

This is the seventeenth experiment of Naviar Haiku. Participants are to complete the task by Wednesday 7th May and post a track inspired by the poem on our Soundcloud group

Haiku poem by Laura Seigle

Picture by Apollo13Ma  (

From “New York City in 17 Syllables”, by The New York Times