Daily Archives: April 25, 2011

You too can write a nodaiku! It’s a Nodaiku Contest!

Do you like haiku?  

Have you ever heard of North Dakota?  

Maybe you too can write a Nodaiku!

Gather round, all ye of steady hand and sharp wit: The Blank Rectangle wants you to create your own North Dakota-themed haiku!   See details below:

  • Poems should follow the basic form of haiku: 3 lines consisting of syllables 5, 7 and 5, respectively.  Since the haiku form in English is not necessarily restricted to just 17 syllables, we’ll accept anything shorter than 17 syllables, but 17 us the max.  (Hint: a good haiku is one that can be spoken with one breath.)
  • The poem should be paired with the below photo in the Badlands outside of Medora, ND, taken by our very own Tyler Bold.  (Want to see some samples of the photo nodaiku combo?  Take a look at our collection so far.)
  • Poems should be submitted to theblankrectangle@gmail.com with your name and your hometown and state by May 4, 2011.  No more than one entry per person, please.

We’ll feature the poems of some of the finalists on the blog here, but one lucky winner will have their poem featured with this photograph in The WAND Chronicles, the record of our walk across the western half of North Dakota!  We know you’ve been itching to try your hand at this super-cool new form of haiku.  Heck, it could even make you famous!  (Well, maybe just North Dakota-famous…)

BTW, we’ve collected over $1000 in pledges on our Kickstarter fund drive – awesome!  THANK YOU so much to all who have contributed so far.  But we could still use help covering the rising costs of making/documenting the trip (including eating dinner and staying a night with the monks at Assumption Abbey near Richardton, ND).  And it doesn’t take much: a $10 donation will get you a personalized nodaiku postcard from the road, and only $15 for a digital copy of the WAND Chronicles!  So capture a little piece of the most unknown state in America by supporting “The Walk Across North Dakota” — make your pledge here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1317185340/the-walk-across-north-dakota?ref=email  (Tell your friends!  Tell your enemies!  Tell complete strangers you’ve never met before!)


Photo by Tyler Bold

Nodaiku: “the fence post pierces”

From April 15, 2011, "Fence Post Blue Sky" by Jessie Veeder Scofield

the fence post pierces
tufts of cloud in bright blue sky —
Spring leaps out of bed


The Nodaiku Project is a weekly series featuring one of Jeremy Bold’s haiku compositions based on Jessie Veeder Scofield’s photographs from her ranch way out in western North Dakota (Meanwhile, back at the ranch: Daily Photos).  Find more of The Blank Rectangle’s nodaiku poems by following us on Twitter (@blankrectangle) or here at The Blank Rectangle: Nodaiku and be sure to click the “Sign me up!” button in the sidebar to get notified each time there’s a new nodaiku or other post from The Blank Rectangle!

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