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2011 Kiyoshi and Kiyoko Tokutomi Memorial Haiku Contest

Each poem was required to contain one (and only one) season word from the assigned list: New Year Confetti, first crocus, billowing clouds, persimmon, winter solitude.

Judges: Toru Kiuchi and kris kondo

 


First Prize
Author: Billie Dee
the familiar cough
of the neighbor's old Chevy
winter solitude
Second Prize
Author: J. Zimmerman
munitions worker
staggaring home from the pub—
dark billowing cloud
Third Prize (Tie)
Author: Elaine Whitman
persimmon fabric
folded in tissue paper
Mother's kimono
Third Prize (Tie)
Author: Billie Dee
finding her letter
in his old leather jacket
winter solitude
First Honorable Mention
Author: Roberta Beary
early morning light
gently your hand sweeps away
new year's confetti
First Honorable Mention
Author: Earl Keener
the billowing cloud
metastasized with lightning—
chemotherapy
First Honorable Mention
Author: Joseph Robello
on a dark highway
merging with darkening sky
winter solitude
First Honorable Mention
Author: Richard C. St Clair
jet contrail blending
into a billowing cloud
vet's burial day
Second Honorable Mention
Author: Roberta Beary
winter solitude
no spark of recognition
in mother's brown eyes
Second Honorable Mention
Author: joan iversen goswell
sweeping up new year's
confetti—another day
of rigamarole
Second Honorable Mention
Author: Billie Dee
snuffing out candles
just for the joy of their scent
winter solitude
Second Honorable Mention
Author: Neal Whitman
we wade our way in
Japantown festivities
persimmon pudding
Second Honorable Mention
Author: Desiree McMurry
fallen persimmon
but I recall the green one
my father gave me
Second Honorable Mention
Author: Billie Dee
new year's confetti
    the accordion player
          leans back on his heels
Second Honorable Mention
Author: joan iversen goswell
galloping a horse
right up a hill right into
the billowing clouds
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