Poetry of the Pandemic: a Haiku Event at Coos Art Museum
Coos Bay, OR – Coos Art Museum is hosting a display of pandemic poetry April 16 through June 26, 2021. The residents of Oregon’s South Coast were invited to submit haiku poems on the theme of everyday life during the pandemic. These poems are on display in the museum’s Clare Wehrle Community Gallery. The public will be invited to help select a “People’s Choice Award” the winner of which will receive a small prize from the Museum. The Museum is also creating a commemorative booklet of the submitted poems.
Haiku are a form of Japanese poetry. They are small and humble poems that depict the everyday world around us and give a flash of insight into that world. A haiku is a poem which traditionally has 17 syllables divided into three lines of 5, 7, and 5. This format is often not required in English haiku.
Coos Art Museum has been a cultural focal point of Oregon’s scenic Southern Coast since 1966. It occupies an historic 1936 Art Deco US Federal Building in downtown Coos Bay. The Museum offers a wide range of art activities including exhibitions, art classes and lectures. Hours are 10:00am to 4:00pm, Tuesday through Friday and 1:00 to 4:00 pm on Saturday. Museum admission: $5 general, $2 students, veterans and seniors, free to Museum members.