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Sarah Hudkins
Artist
Iím a big fan of haiku, especially the nature aspect of it, which is a big part of the history of haiku and Japanese culture. I liked this poem because it followed in the footsteps of traditional haiku.

I wanted the poster to be influenced by traditional Japanese imagery, and make it look like a Japanese print, which uses a lot of simple colors and shapes. Ultimately the haiku is about a fish in water. Itís a fish, itís in water, the waterís dirtyóso what else am I going to put in there? But the haikuís also about Onondaga Lake, and how, despite the lake being dirty, thereís beauty. The fish are starting to come back, and thatís really exciting. Itís like finding a diamond in the rough. Itís like finding the beauty in everything.

Onondaga's carp
are beautifulóeating junk,
breathing mud, living.

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