Back in 2014, an on-going poetry competition started up in the Financial Times called ‘Workplace Haiku.’ Despite it’s name, this column which ran for 18 months mainly featured senryu – haiku’s more humorous cousin – which I assume was because more readers had heard of the latter.
I came to the table quite late after seeing a Facebook post by fellow poet, Ernesto Santiago, whose excellent work appeared many times in the feature. I did manage to have some of my entries published, each accompanied by an insightful commentary from Jim Kacian, a well known haiku master from the short form poetry world.
Anyway, over at The Haiku Foundation site, Jim is currently re-running this column, not only featuring the winning entries from the original FT feature, but also inviting people to submit new haiku/senryu on topics related to the work environment by Sunday night. I remember how difficult it was trying to come up with poems to send to the FT, so it’s nice to sit back and enjoy new poetry inspired by office life.
Why not send a poem to Workplace Haiku – or have a read by clicking on the image below of my stationery cupboard senryu!