Valentine’s Day ––
my niece stops
to hug an oak
Contra Costa Marketplace Magazine is excited to introduce a new
column, written by Robert Epstein, featuring English-language
haiku. Haiku is a brief form of poetry that originated in Japan in
the 1600s, but has since become popular throughout the world,
especially in America. In future columns we will discuss a variety
of topics related to haiku writing, including form, structure, nature
and urban life, season words, the importance of place, the key role of
intuition, image pairing...and a lot more.
We will also host a quarterly haiku contest to be judged by Robert. The
winning poems will be announced in the June issue, and winners will be
awarded gift certificates to local restaurants. There are no contest entry
fees, but please read the submission guidelines below:
• Adults over the age of 18 who are residents of the San Francisco Bay
Area areeligible to submit two (2) unpublished haiku per contest.
• Submissions should include in the body of an email (no attachments)
your two poems; your name and full mailing address. Please put Haiku
Contest in the subjectline.
• All decisions are final.
• The deadline for the first haiku contest is: 5/1/20.
• Send your email submission to: email@example.com
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Robert Epstein has been writing and editing haiku for nearly 30 years. He is a
member of Haiku Poets of Northern California as well as the Haiku Society
of America. His most recent book of haiku is Turning the Page to Old: Haiku
14 MARKETPLACECONTRACOSTA.COM FEBRUARY 2020
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