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Commuters asked to write Haikus

The screen at Kings Cross station
One Haiku poem will be displayed on the screen every 20 minutes

Commuters fed up with the rainy weather can let off steam by "tweeting" poems about the summer which will be displayed at a London station.

All entries to the poetry competition will be shown on an outdoor screen at King's Cross station until Friday.

People can send a message or "tweet" of up to 140 characters from their mobile phone to social networking site Twitter to enter the competition.

The poems must also be written in Japanese Haiku style.

'Poetry collision'

The entries will be judged by a panel including artist Yoko Ono with the winner receiving free entry into a weekly spoken word event for a year.

Japanese Haiku style poems are known for their brevity and can have a total of 17 syllables spread across three lines.

Poet Jackie Kay MBE, who will also be judging the entries, said: "I've always been fascinated by the mystery and brevity of haikus, how people can say simple things, profoundly.

"I'm looking forward to see how these two forms will collide and communicate with one another."

Around 100,000 people who past through King's Cross station each day will be able to see a poem displayed every 20 minutes.

The competition has been jointly organised by Network Rail and leisure and business development Kings Place, in north London.



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