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Jen Karetnick Haiku Contest, Book Giveaway

Can you haiku? Join local journalist and former Miami New Times food critic Jen Karetnick, in conjunction with Next@19th, as they host Rooftop Chaiku ("chai" is a Hebrew word meaning "life" or "living," for all you gentiles. It's also the name of a damn fine spice milk tea, but that's another story.). The event will take place this Saturday night at 9 p.m. on the rooftop of Temple Israel (137 NE 19th Street, Miami). It is free and open to the public, though donations are welcome.

Karetnick will kick things off by reading some culinary-themed poetry from her 2007 book Necessary Salt and her upcoming Landscaping for Wildlife, but writers, poets, and creative types are being invited to join by throwing a haiku or two the audience's way.

Here's one Karetnick created about BLT as an example:


Popover Haiku for BLT Steak

They rise, and we fall.
Invitations for visits--<
we should stay awhile.v
Granted, we suppose Next@19th would especially love to hear haikus relating to the Jewish religion, but maybe you can kill two birds by coming up with something about rugulach or knishes? Post your best haiku below and she will give her favorites a copy of one of her books!

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