Teen Haiku Death Match

The writing and sharing of haiku is a deeply entrenched cultural practice in the poetry slam community, and the participants of the Haiku Death Match have been historically celebrated for their wit and use of well-crafted images.
Haiku is a short poetic form popularized by a Japanese poet named Matsuo Bashō. In the early 1670s, Bashō and his students devised an event called “the seashell game”: poets competed head-to-head with their original haiku and a winner was selected by a judge. …