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Joe Sarnicola
Poet
In the beginning, the Poster Project emphasized downtown Syracuse, and I wanted to continue that tradition. I was hoping to combine my love of the form of haiku poetry with my love of music in a poem that honored Syracuse. I have been to the Jazz in the City concerts, so I tried to reflect the rhythmic elements of jazz in the rhythmic elements of my poem.

I have been reading and writing haiku poetry for many years. Coming from a long Japanese tradition, haiku usually contains references to nature or one of the seasons. Two lines show one image and the third line shows another. The skillful pairing of these images is the true power of haiku.

Clinton Square back beat
to a twelve—bar—blues rhythm
Jazz in the City

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