Wake-Up Call: High on the Mile Haiku City

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Verse came to worse last night at the Central Library, where close to a hundred people gathered for last night's Fresh City Life poetry reading inspired by "Mustang," Luis Jimenez's blue horse sculpture out at Denver International Airport. We were in the depths of the basement, but spirits soared as one by one, reluctant poets stood to read their haikus, their limericks, their sonnets and free verse dedicated to the deadly steed -- many of them focusing on the sculpture's truly scary hindquarters.

Rachel Hultin, the Denver native whose Facebook group delivered 300 haikus about the sculpture to the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs back in January, offered a haiku from Denver poet laureate Chris Ransick; elementary-school students read from lined notebook pages; the last reader recited a poem he'd just written on his iPhone. I had to resort to an envelope fished from my purse:

A horse is a horse
of course, but also our muse
Mile Haiku City

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