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Tampa wants your haiku about the coronavirus

The city is encouraging residents to get poetic about their pandemic experience

TAMPA — The city of Tampa wants residents to get poetic about the pandemic.

As part of the “Haiku from Home” project developed by local poet Gianna Russo, the city is encouraging people to write a haiku about a distinct moment in the time of the coronavirus. A haiku is a short three-line poem with five syllables in the first line, seven in the second line and five in the third.

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Haikus can be submitted anonymously or with the writer’s name and social media information. Submissions may be featured on the city’s social media pages or read in public by Mayor Jane Castor. The deadline is Friday, May 22. For more information on the project and how to submit a haiku, visit www.tampagov.net/arts.

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