test tubeOn Wednesday, August 1, the MBLWHOI Library Salon series will feature science-related poetry. We are encouraging members of the MBL and WHOI communities, as well as the public, to bring a favorite science poem to read or to write and read their own science-inspired Haiku or “Sci-ku.”

Post your science-related Haiku right here on our blog in the comments section, and come to the MBLWHOI Library’s Bay Reading Room on Wednesday, August 1, at 3pm to read it out loud for other poetry fans to hear!  Or just peruse some of the great Sci-ku submissions we’ve already received.

For the uninitiated, Haiku is a Japanese poetry form consisting of 17 syllables spread across three lines. The first line has five syllables, the second line features seven, and the last line features five again. Haikus also frequently feature a “cut”, meaning the poems frequently compare and contrast two different ideas or images sharply.

Here is an example of a science haiku:

Light and CO2
Water, kick those electrons!

-Vinay Mahajan

Full details about the Poetry of Science event are available here: