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Interact! – Poetry Slam

The Interact! column appears twice a month, and is a place for jugglers to get creative and share with the community.  This column features contests and collaborations of all kinds – photo contests and juggling challenges, prop reviews and essay competitions.  Three winners will be selected each time, with a fantastic prizes from the IJA Store awarded, just to keep it interesting.


This week’s challenge is:

Write a juggling haiku.

Good luck, friends.  Godspeed.


Post your haiku as a comment below.  Only entries that follow the traditional 5-7-5 syllable pattern will be accepted.  Multiple entries per person will be accepted (and encouraged!)  Poems will be evaluated by Thom Wall and Scott Seltzer, who are both tremendously fond of puns and subtle cleverness.  Entries accepted until the end of the day Saturday, February 18, 2012. Winners will be announced on February 22nd, 2012.

Have an idea for a future challenge?  Send an email to Thom Wall –

[Double line breaks don’t display properly in the comments so if you want to submit multiple entries, put a few hyphens in the line between them.] 

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46 Comments to Interact! – Poetry Slam
    • Scott Seltzer
    • There once was a man
      From Nantucket who juggled
      Balls in a bucket.

      [No, I’m not eligible to win the prize (even though I’m definitely deserving), but I’m going to have fun submitting!]

    • Ryan Mellors
    • From the ‘Contact Juggling Haiku’ thread on (some of my favorite, reposted)

      Rotate and glimmer . . .
      Four balls in a pyramid
      Float above my hand.


      A Contact Juggler:
      One who plays with their balls and
      Others stop to watch.

      Hands above my head
      No control; drop on my face…
      Ouch! darn bridge roll…

      -Riel Green
      Sil-X is sloshy
      But I can maneuver it
      Down with the Stage ball

      – Rabit

      Dear acrylic ball,
      Why are you attracted so
      To breakable items?


    • Dominique and Louis
    • thomas dietz hits de
      juggling nerds rejoice
      gatto’s gotta get
      a ghetto gatto tattoo
      go go gatto go

    • lukas
    • damn you university
      watching juggling vids all day
      better start learning
      a devilstick haiku
      tic tac tic tac propeller
      spinning every day

    • Alex Trendler
    • just broke a thumb-nail
      catching these new PX3’s,
      blind behind the back.


      seven ball cascade
      every young norwegian kid
      is better than me


      body throws are cool
      dancing is the new big thing
      i have no rhythm


      Little Paul and Co.
      faceless voices on the web
      offering advice


      peden to sweden
      is only five syllables
      so is PeaPot Press


      remember way back
      way before before all this youtube?
      the web’s dark ages


      stage balls seem lonely
      MMX, Russians, Sil-X
      Out with the old? No!


      Perfect and plenty
      gone about your merry way
      never looking back


      Dube is my choice
      for good clubs still made of wood
      and a sweet show room


      germans do it best
      unique catches and great tricks
      guys like Stefan Sing


      Francis Brunn is dead
      Enrico Rastelli, too
      they are my heroes


      spent all my money
      on a set of seven balls
      that i didn’t need.

      -alex, nopoetsplease

    • Louis Barbier
    • Drunk at 4 A.M.
      Playing combat in a church.
      I love Turbofest!


      Pass, pass, self, pass, self.
      J1 crosses, J2 straight.
      Jim’s bookends. Enjoy.

      • Alex Trendler
      • 🙂 nopoetsplease is my rec.juggling alias. thought i’d throw it in at the end for a bit of ironic context.

        on Boppo’s Whiteboard,
        you provide excellent help.
        thanks for everything!


    • Bruce Tiemann
    • Nopoetsplease writes
      more haiku than anyone
      He may be misnamed!

      Five clubs in doubles,
      Parallel spins look so neat
      Muggles can’t see it.

      Juggling on the moon
      everything moves so slowly
      more height doesn’t help

      Landings will permute
      if throw heights aren’t all the same.
      It looks confusing.

      Seven balls or nine?
      Nine is higher and faster.
      (But takes many years.)

      Thank god for YouTube.
      Now everyone can show off
      instants of great luck.

    • Sarah Covington

    • Fitting in is hard
      Jugglers are my people
      We are all crazy

      Haiku look easy
      Until you try to do one
      They are like siteswaps

      IJA EZine
      Rendering assistance to
      Fellow jugglers

      Throwing and catching
      Dropping is much easier
      Stick to what i know

    • Bruce Tiemann
    • Catch catch catch catch catch
      catch catch catch catch catch catch catch.
      (Half of a twelve flash.)

      Nineteen syllables
      is barely enough to say
      what needs to be said.

      Adding two dashes
      between each pair of haiku
      makes me look less daft.

      Off-topic haiku
      can not enter this contest;
      Put in some juggling.

      Doing backcrosses,
      clubs seem to fall from above.
      Will the sky run out?

    • Michael Falkov
    • Non-juggle muggle
      How silly to fear mistakes
      No failure – FEEDBACK!

      Hey intensity,
      I channel your energy
      Zing! Zang~! Zap~!! Ka-POW~!!!

    • Bruce Tiemann
    • Siteswap height ratios:
      Square[1] quotient: (throw less[2] twice[3] dwell)
      More than expected!

      [2]Dwell lessens air time;
      [1]gravity accelerates;
      [3]Twice comes from two hands.

      Haikus for footnotes?
      Do not mention the numbers.
      Just know they are there.

    • Eli March
    • 5 clubs with no drops
      7 balls up and time stops
      syllables, my props

      Parabolic arcs
      Define my state of being
      What? Yes, It’s Juggling

      Here we are again
      The Poetic Motion Machine
      Group mind at the helm

      A siteswap haiku?
      No, the sum’s a prime number
      Sorry juggle dorks

      A trick, look quickly
      at the possibility
      of infinity