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Haiku Tribute Poets Revealed

Throughout May in the Per Diem feature on The Haiku Foundation website Carlos Colón has been showcasing haiku dedicated to fellow haiku poets. Many of the wrong guesses were as interesting as the correct answers. Here is the complete list. Congratulations to all our participants, and we hope you enjoyed the challenge!


May 1, 2014
incense drifts
during High Mass
       someone's sneeze blessed
-Jeanne Jorgensen for Nasira Alma
Border Crossing, 1993
	Winner: None
	Other Guesses: Scott Mason (Raymond Roseliep)
                       John Stevenson (Nick Virgilio)
May 2, 2014
first snowflakes
drinking mulled wine
with a cat in her lap
Margaret Chula for Virginia Brady Young
Written for the memorial reading at the Haiku North America conference,
Long Beach, California, in 2013.
	Winner: None
	Other Guesses: Shrikaanth Krishnamurthy (Hortensia Anderson)
                       H. Gene Murtha (Hortensia Anderson)
May 3, 2014
after the brushstroke,
his head stays tilted
to a sun-dappled sumi-e
Michael Dylan Welch for Kaji Aso
Boston Haiku Society News, April 2006
	Winner: Jim Krotzman
	Other Guesses:
May 4, 2014
my friend’s death day
tea drunk from a gallah mug
she gave me
Patricia Prime for Janice Bostok
Previously unpublished
	Winners (tie): Sandra Simpson; Jennifer Sutherland
	Other Guesses:
May 5, 2014
hydrangea rain . . .
will I see you again
in my dreams?
Kris Kondo for Hortensia Anderson
	Winner: Sandra Simpson
	Other Guesses: H. Gene Murtha (William J. Higginson)
May 6, 2014
no longer hearsay
finally official
death notice of Rengé
Patricia A. Laster for David Priebe (Rengé)
	Winner: Alan Summers
	Other Guesses: H. Gene Murtha (John Carley)
May 7, 2014
Spring Moon —
this year, one more star
in the Milky Way
Karma Tenzing Wangchuk for Kay F. Anderson
The Heron's Nest IX.2 (2007)
	Winner: Roberta Beary
	Other Guesses: Scott Mason (L. A. Davidson)
                       Garry Eaton (Richard Wright)
                       John Hawkhead (Tokugawa Ieyasu)
May 8, 2014
    voice of a dark thrush
lingers in the cedars
                Nikko in mist
Ellen Compton for Yatsuka Ishihara (surname is last)
Gendai Haiku, 1999
	Winner: Kris Moon
	Other Guesses: Kristen Cliff (Yatsuka Ishihara)
May 9, 2014
the long autumn and no letter from raymond
Marlene Mountain for Raymond Roseliep
	Winner: Sandra Simpson
	Other Guesses: Alan Summers (Roseliep)
                       Ellen Olinger (Roseliep)
May 10, 2014
intrepid hiker
he strides away to climb
the Snout
Patricia Prime for Cyril Childs
Previously unpublished
	Winner: Sandra Simpson
	Other Guesses:
May 11, 2014
lowering sun--
with a turn of my head
the finches fly away
Carolyn Hall for D. Claire Gallagher
How to Paint the Finch's Song (Red Moon Press, 2010)
	Winner: Cherie Hunter Day
	Other Guesses: Alan Summers (Paul O. Williams)
May 12, 2014
sweet magnolia
Spanish moss leans
with the breeze
Paul MacNeil for Peggy Willis Lyles
The Heron's Nest XII.4 (2010)
	Winner: Margaret Dornaus
	Other Guesses: Sandra Simpson (Lyles)
                       Ellen Compton (Lyles)
                       Scott Mason (Lyles)
May 13, 2014
his death notice. . .
the get-well card
still in my briefcase
Roberta Beary for Alexius Burgess
The Unworn Necklace (snapshot press, 2007)
	Winner: Ellen Compton
	Other Guesses: Alan Summers (William J. Higginson)
                       John Stevenson (H. F. Noyes)
May 14, 2014
holding the sea shell
next to my ear
his voice from afar
Raffael de Gruttola for John Wills
Boston Haiku News, March 2014
	Winner: None
	Other Guesses: Sandra Simpson (Buson)
                       Ellen Compton (Kaji Aso)
May 15, 2014
near a white stone
a bonsai garden
in their memory
Howard Lee Kilby for Bill Lerz and his wife, Dottie.
Previously unpublished
	Winner: None
	Other Guesses: Sandra Simpson (Kiyoshi and Kiyoko Tokutomi)
May 16, 2014
swallowtail . . .
   weeds in bloom
       about St. Francis
Robert Gilliland for Kenneth C. Leibman
Frogpond XXVI.1 (2003)
	Winner: None
	Other Guesses: Carmen Sterba (Sister Mary Thomas Eulberg)
                       H. Gene Murtha (Robert Spiess)
May 17, 2014
sundown . . .
the mason jars
empty again
Christopher Herold for Jerry Kilbride
The Heron's Nest VII.4 (2005)
	Winner: None
	Other Guesses: Ellen Compton (Francine Porad)
                       H. Gene Murtha (Francine Porad)
May 18, 2014
for her this spring
the greengoing woods
still greening
Michael Dylan Welch for anne mckay
Nisqually Delta Review (2006)
	Winner: None
	Other Guesses: Ellen Compton (Francine Porad)
May 19, 2014
at the pearly gates
st. peter says with a wink:
"not quite"
Brenda Gannam for Robert Spiess
Previously unpublished
	Winner: Carolyn Hall
	Other Guesses: Ellen Compton (Robert Spiess)
May 20, 2014
on the last page
of her last book
the setting sun
Brenda Gannam for L. A. (Agnes) Davidson
The Temple Bell Stops: Contemporary Poems of Grief, Loss and Change
(Modern English Tanka Press, 2012)
	Winner: None
	Other Guesses:
May 21, 2014
where have you flown off to
first frost
Johnny Baranski for Lorraine Harr (Tombo)
Frogpond 36:2 (2013)
	Winner: Michael Dylan Welch
	Other Guesses: Alan Summers (Harr)
May 22, 2014
gone from the woods
the bird I knew
by song alone
Paul O. Williams for Nick Virgilio
Frogpond 12:2 (1989)
	Winner: Paul MacNeil
	Other Guesses: H. Gene Murtha (Virgilio)
                       Sandip Chauhan (Virgilio)
May 23, 2014
Ripples spreading out . . .
   now only moonlight remains
       on the turtle stone
Robert Gilliland for O. Mabson Southard
Previously unpublished
	Winner: None
	Other Guesses: Carolyn Hall (Peggy Willis Lyles)
                       Alan Summers (Lyles, Robert Spiess)
                       Ellen Compton (Lyles)
May 24, 2014
how brittle
the spine of the blue feather
found in his book
Penny Harter for William J. Higginson
In the Clear Dawn Sky: Haiku Canada Members' Anthology, 1999
	Winner: Carmen Sterba
	Other Guesses:
May 25, 2014
feathers in the fire . . .
a cardinal’s song
between thunderclaps
Ferris Gilli for Kylan Jones-Huffman
The Heron’s Nest V.9 (2003)
	Winner: None
	Other Guesses:
May 26, 2014
remembering her face
in the face
of the swan
Terry Ann Carter for Ruby Spriggs
Silences (Montreal, editionsming, 2002)
	Winner: None
	Other Guesses: Cherie Hunter Day (Marianne Bluger)
May 27, 2014
funeral service
behind the high church windows
a mast passes by
Max Verhart for Wim Lofvers
only the white (Den Bosch, Netherlands: 't schrijverke, 2008)
	Winner: Carmen Sterba
	Other Guesses: H. Gene Murtha (H. F. Noyes)
May 28, 2014
waters a blush
of spring flowers
Raffael de Gruttola for Francine Porad
Point Judith Light 2.2 (1993)
	Winner: None
	Other Guesses: H. Gene Murtha (Kaji Aso)
May 29, 2014
I never knew
you loved dahlias
Marian Olson for Robert Major
The Temple Bell Stops (Baltimore, Maryland: Modern English Tanka Press, 2012)
	Winner: Alice Frampton
	Other Guesses: Ellen Compton (Elizabeth Searle Lamb)
May 30, 2014
news of her death —
winter moon descending
beyond the trees
Paul David Mena for Elizabeth Searle Lamb
The Heron's Nest VII.1 (2005)
	Winner: None
	Other Guesses: Alice Frampton (Francine Porad)
May 31, 2014
finally united
with your snow leopard
flutter of prayer flags
Margaret Chula for Edith Shiffert
Written for the memorial reading at the Haiku North America conference,
Long Beach, California. in 2013.
	Winner: None
	Other Guesses: Patrick Sweeney (Peter Matthiessen)
                       Lorin Ford (Matthiessen)
                       H. Gene Murtha (Cid Corman)

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. This was a wonderful idea for a Per Diem collection, edited by Carlos Colon – would make a nice book too.

    I appreciate the summary. The haiku read so well both alone and together. Many are new for me, and it was interesting to follow along each day.

    Thoughts of a friend
    who always loved and grew
    I wonder . . . Has the sky
    ever been this beautiful a blue?

    for Charles A. Waugaman (1932 – 2010)
    Time Of Singing (2011)
    Charles was the editor for years.

  2. Carlos, this was great fun. Thank you for a very entertaining month of mysteries, and it was really neat to have so many sleuths involved as well. –Billie (P.S. Thanks, too, to every Per Diem editor for volunteering to create a month of themed haiku. No matter how busy my day might be, I always find time to swing by and read each day’s poem.)

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