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January 20, 2008

2007 winners from Mainichi

Filed under: haijin-haikai news,Haiku or Senryu — David Giacalone @ 10:39 am

The winners of this year’s Mainichi Daily News haiku contest have just been announced — see the 11th Mainichi Haiku Contest (2007) results and commentary. Congratulations to Philippe Bréham (France), who took the First Prize. I’m pleased to see that two of the earliest members of our f/k/a family had honored poems:

chambers pulsing
in the washed-up jellyfish—
waning moon

Michael Welch (U. S. A.)
2nd Prize, 11th Mainichi Haiku Contest (2007)

. . . …………………………………… . . . .

snow flurries
a childhood friend
reappears

Peggy Lyles (U. S. A.)
Honorable Mention, 11th Mainichi Haiku Contest (2007)

Déjà-ku scholar Michael Dylan Welch was the second poet to agree to share his haiku at this weblog. Here are a few of his poems that fit my mood and themes this week:

first date
letting her
put snow down my neck

a table for one–
leaves rustle
in the inner courtyard

[photo/poem]

an old woolen sweater
taken yarn by yarn
from the snowbank

………………………. by Michael Welch
“first date” – South by Southwest 10:3; “edge of light: RMA 2003″
“a table for one” & “woolen sweater” – “Open Window” (photos and poems)

LylesRain Three years ago today, we posted our “inaugural” piece on Peggy Willis Lyles. As often, Peggy touches me with the honesty and empathy of her haiku:

bitter wind . . .
the hand that cups the flame
aglow

snowed in
the wedding-ring quilt
lumpy with children

winter night
he patiently untangles
her antique silver chain

wind and rain
the hand I reach for
in the dark

…………………. Peggy Lyles, from To Hear the Rain (Brooks Books, 2002)

In a day or two, we’ll be featuring some of the poems by “our” Carolyn Hall that can be found all this month on Cornell’s Mann Library Daily Haiku page. Please don’t wait for our posting to get over there and enjoy and appreciate a month’s worth of fine haiku by the much-honored Ms. Hall, chosen by Tom Clausen. For example:

a butterfly
so long at my window
summer dusk

fieplace glow
first signs of fraying
in the cane-back rocking chair

………………………………………. by Carolyn Hall

3 Comments

  1. Thank you for continuing to ferret out and bring to light all these great haiku… such a treat!

    Down in Maryland visiting my sister…

    at each visit’s end,
    the youngest cousins fight,
    their sadness showing

    Comment by Shelley — January 20, 2008 @ 8:55 pm

  2. That’s great!

    Comment by Raquel — January 25, 2008 @ 10:47 am

  3. Haiku Contest Open!

    Fee: $4.00/ 3 haiku

    Current Prize: $150.00

    Happy Writing

    See website for past winners!

    Comment by Managing Editor — February 11, 2008 @ 10:44 pm

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