Times Haiku – Serendipitous Poetry from the New York Times

It’s hard to fathom how Times Haiku isn’t more of a thing. In fact, we’ve only just found out about it ourselves. But it’s there, and it’s amazing. To bring you up to speed, the New York Times built a computer algorithm that periodically scans newly published articles on the New York Times homepage and turns them into haikus. Each short poem adheres to the format’s guidelines: five syllables on the first line, seven on the second and five on the third. The algorithm scans each sentence looking for potential haikus by using an electronic dictionary containing syllable counts. The best poems are then manualy selected and featured on the Times Haiku Tumblr page. The results are profound – check out some of the most recent entries above.

How Winter brightens
To the goodness that Peach Fuzz
Digs up every day