Poem in Your Pocket

In celebration of National Poetry Month, the New York Times has come up with an interesting project: they are publishing haikus. The short poems follow the general syllabic rule we all learned in grade school, but not the true rules of the poetic form (haiku are typically focused on images from nature and always refer to the season.)

Yet these poems published by the Times are unique in their own way: they are all pulled from Times articles using a computer algorithm. Journalists then review the findings and select the more elegant poems to post online. Each poem has a link back to the original article.

With Poem in Your Pocket Day finally here, it may be fun to browse the collection and pick a few favorites to share for today.   And it’s always rewarding to watch as the day’s news leads to art.

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