wins first place in haiku contest
winning haiku at the 2000 Midwest Buddhist Temple Ginza Festival
Haiku Contest have been reported by the judges, Joseph Kirschner
and Charles Trumbull. Working independently, each judge reviewed
all 72 entries blind — that is, not seeing the names of the
authors — and made his selection of the top haiku. They then met
on Wednesday, Aug. 23, and to discuss the many fine entries,
debate favorites and select the final list of winners. Lee Gurga
of Lincoln won first place in the general category.
is his winning entry:
touch of the setting sun
my unshaved cheek
verse, the judges felt, has everything a classic haiku needs: a
specific reference to the season (blackberry picking); two images
(in this case, one from nature, one from the world of humans) set
together in a way that resonate with each other (the brambly
blackberry bushes played against the roughness of the poet’s
unshaved cheek), and an appropriate touch of emotion (the
nostalgia of blackberry picking in the wistful light of the
setting sun). A textbook haiku!
Gurga, Illinois’ most prominent haiku poet, is associate editor
of the journal Modern Haiku and past president of the Haiku
Society of America.
his winning entry, Gurga took first-place honors at the contest
for the second year in a row.
information about another haiku contest, click
a February article about Gurga, click below: