Paint the Town: Planted Poetry

by Erica Moody

The Golden Triangle BID held a ‘Golden Haiku’ contest as a community literary art project.

By Erica Moody 

The winning haiku (Photo courtesy Golden Triangle BID Facebook page)

The winning haiku (Photo courtesy Golden Triangle BID Facebook page)

The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District is planting poetry in the neighborhood’s empty flower beds with its innovative ‘Golden Haiku’ community literary art project.

In the warmer months, the tree boxes that line Golden Triangle streets are filled with brightly colored flowers, but these vibrant colors have been missing in the winter.

“We hope that the haikus will bring some of spring’s warmth, color, and artistry to our streets in the coldest of months,” said Leona Agouridis, Golden Triangle BID executive director.

The nonprofit organization teamed up with the Japan Information and Culture Center to realize the project.

An expert panel of judges, including authors Abigail Friedman and Roberta Beary, read 400 haikus and chose Susan Burch as the grand prize winner. In addition to being featured in the art project, Burch received a guided tour and tea at the Embassy of Japan’s traditional Japanese tea house.

All 60 selected haikus and a map of the 100 display locations are available on the Golden Triangle BID website.


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