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5, 7, 5 in the 504: New Orleans Haikus

Pay homage to New Orleans’ inherent poetic nature with these succinct and spirited haikus.

The haiku — a poem style originating in Japan — has gained popularity in the United States most likely for its brevity (admit it: we all love a good shortcut). A quick, 17 syllables comprise the whole poem, which features 5 syllables in the first line, 7 in the second, and 5 in the third. How could we possibly fit New Orleans’ magic into so few words? By breaking it down into dedicated haikus about some of our favorite cultural riches. From crawfish boils to historic bars to jazz funerals to, of course, beignets, we’re paying homage to New Orleans’ inherent poetic nature with these succinct and spirited haikus.

Participating writers (in alphabetical order): Ed Branley, Paul Broussard, Christopher Garland, Emily Ramirez Hernandez, Emily Smith, and Sara Watson 

New Orleans Haikus

All Things Breakfast and Brunch — The city boasts distinct ways of preparing eggs (all decadent, of course), including Hussarde, Sardou, and variations on Eggs Benedict.


Cemeteries — Our “Cities of the Dead” are really more about honoring life. Second lines and jazz funerals are a quintessentially New Orleans way of celebrating those we’ve lost.


The Spanish Cabildo — A local landmark dating back to the 1790s, the Cabildo now houses a museum… and a sun-filled room in which to practice yoga.


The St. Charles Avenue Streetcar — Sure, you can catch a red one the Canal, Riverfront, and Loyola/UPT lines, but there’s just something about the original green streetcars that roll down St. Charles Avenue.

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Boiled Crawfish Bliss — We love a good crawfish boil. Enough said.


Going for a Spin — The Carousel Bar & Lounge at Hotel Monteleone in the French Quarter features a real, revolving carousel as its centerpiece. Hop on one of the seats and see how many drinks you can fit in before a full revolution (every 15 minutes).


The Sounds of Music — At any time and on any day, you’re likely to hear live music from local street performers in the French Quarter, particularly on Royal Street. GONola_Haiku_RoyalStreet_041316_v3

Yay, Beignets! — Can’t go wrong with fried dough and powdered sugar with a cup of milky, chicory-laced cafe au lait.


A River Runs Through It — Did you know “Crescent City” gets it name from the boundaries created by the Mississippi River?


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