For National Poetry Month, The New York Times asked readers to write haiku about the city: three lines of five, seven and five syllables. The response — more than 2,800 submissions in 10 days — was as impressive, and as exhausting, as the city itself. Writers were asked to stick to six subjects: the island, strangers, solitude, commuting, 6 a.m. and kindness. Beyond that, poems could be fashioned from whatever inspiration the five boroughs provided.
A panel of judges drawn from The Times’s staff selected its favorite entries, many of which are shown here. Marie Howe, the state poet of New York, read 281 of them and chose haiku in which she recognized some fundamental aspect of the city. — ALAN FEUER APRIL 25, 2014