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Harold G. Henderson Memorial Award Collection

These awards for unpublished haiku were originally made possible by Mrs. Harold G. Henderson in memory of Harold G. Henderson, who helped found The Haiku Society of America. See also the contest rules for the Henderson award. Download a PDF file sampler of Henderson Awards.

Winners by Year: 2013 |  2012 |  2011 |  2010|  2009 |  2008 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999 | 1998 | 1997 | 1996 | 1995 | 1994 | 1993 | 1992 | 1991 | 1990 | 1989 | 1988 | 1987 | 1986 | 1985 | 1984 | 1983 | 1982 | 1981 | 1980 | 1979 | 1978 | 1977 | 1976


 

 

2013

Judges: Margaret Chula and Johnny Baranski. See commentary by 2013 judges.

First Place

flies wait it out
under a cow’s chin
spring shower

Temple Cone

Second Place

heartwood
the saw changes
its tune

Michele L. Harvey

Third Place

snow field
the earth marked
by fallen angels

Elizabeth Steinglass

Honorable Mentions (unranked)

setting sun
an accordion squeezes
the night air

June Dowis

no moon
the click of stilettos
on cobblestones

Ernest Berry

flowing estuary
native languages
long gone

Mike Blottenberger

in the hot tub
my eyes on her floating breasts
Hunters Moon

Neal Whitman

rosebud unfolding
the seed packet left behind
in Revelations

Scott Mason


2012

Judges: Mark Harris and Peter Yovu. See commentary by 2012 judges.

First Place

no escaping
this moonlight—
Pompeii

Scott Mason

Second Place

river mud
the shape
of boys

Jayne Miller

Third Place

somewhere becoming rain becoming somewhere

Jim Kacian

Honorable Mentions (unranked)

desert twilight
a map with many creases
nailed to a cross

Garry Gay

we huddle
over mother’s open grave—
lawless winter

Anita Curran Guenin

a long bus ride
the prophetic language
of the stops

Michael McClintock


2011

Judges: Jim Kacian & Billie Wilson. See commentary by 2011 judges.

First Place

Navajo moon
the coyote call
not a coyote

Garry Gay

Second Place

deleting words
from the eulogy
falling leaves

Mark Smith

Third Place

calla lily
the sound of a ladder
lengthening

Cherie Hunter Day 

Honorable Mentions (unranked)

tasting the well
in the water—
summer stars

Marjorie Buettner

Mother’s Day
the expiration date
on wildflower seeds

Carolyn Hall 

northern lights . . .
the scratchy play
of seventy-eights

Michele L. Harvey 

a recurring escape from my father’s dream

Christopher Patchel

     the big dipper
no matter where I stand
      mountain sky

Michelle Schaefer

summer passing
the yard flamingo’s
rusty legs 

Michelle Schaefer

glint of sunlight:
the respirator carries on
alone

Charles Trumbull 


2010

Judges: Fay Aoyagi & Lenard D. Moore. See commentary by 2010 judges.

First Place ($150) Michele L. Harvey, New York

All Souls Day...
my name called
from the front gate

Second Place ($100) Tish Davis, Ohio

autumn
an empty booster seat
in the barber's window

Third Place ($50) Michele L. Harvey, New York

hunter's cabin:
of the woods
not of it

First Honorable Mention Margaret Chula, Oregon

end of the walk
returning the crow's feather
where I found it

Second Honorable Mention Adelaide B. Shaw, New York

cafe for sale—
outdoor tables rusting
into autumn

Third Honorable Mention Carolyn Hall, California

day lilies
another death date added
to the family tree


2009

Judges: Marian Olson and Peggy Willis Lyles. See commentary by 2009 judges.


First Place
Stephen Gould (Denver, CO)
 
The house finch
has a song for it,
morning after snow

   
 

Second Place
Ron Moss (Tasmania, Australia)
 
crescent moon
a bone carver sings
to his ancestor

 
   

Third Place
C. R. Manley (Bellevue, WA)
 
close enough to touch—
I let the junco lead me
away from its nest

Honorable Mention
Bruce England (Santa Clara, CA)
 
Blowing leaves
tempt the old cat,
but not enough

   
 

Honorable Mention
Michael McClintock (Fresno, CA)
 
ancient mountains . . .
runners clearing hurdles
on the practice field

 

2008

Judges: Jennie Townsend, Missouri & Christopher Patchel, Illinois. See commentary by 2008 judges.

First Place
John Stevenson, New York

Thanksgiving—
fifteen minutes
of mince pie

   
 

Second Place
Kristen Deming, Maryland

blossoms . . .
the baby’s bare feet
pedal the air

 
   

Third Place
John Stevenson, New York

butterfly
my attention
attention span

Honorable Mention:
Garry Gay, California

one moth
a thousand candles
light the darkness

   
 

Honorable Mention
Linda Jeannette Ward, North Carolina

trail’s end—
my pebble
settles the cairn

 
     

2007


First Place
Claire Gallagher

family reunion—
some of the beached kelp
in knots

   
 

Second Place
Roland Packer

a jar of pennies
on the lemonade stand
evening cool

 
   

Third Place
Ken Hurm

lightning . . .
the scarecrow's coat sleeve
caught in mid-wave

Honorable Mention:
Marjorie Buettner

summer's end
the hammock turned in
on itself

   
 

Honorable Mention
Ron Moss

Charcoal Alley—
children flick marbles
into the light

 
     

[Top]

 

2006

Judges: an'ya and Michael Rehling. See commentary by 2006 judges.

First Place: ($150)
Ellen Compton

season of lights
the postman
leans to the wind

   
 

Second Place: ($100)
Michael McClintock

having no thought
we've come to see them—
dogwoods in bloom

 
   

Third Place: ($50)
C. R. Manley

turning tide—
placing intact clams
back in the water

Honorable Mention:
Alice Frampton

mallard pair
he rocks
on her wake

   
 

Honorable Mention
Lois J. Funk


filtering in
with the night air
a skunk's warning

 
   

Honorable Mention:
Merrill Ann Gonzales

stone in my pocket—
the brook cuts deeper
into the mountain

Honorable Mention
Joan M. Murphy

a bee chose
the rose I meant to pluck . . .
empty vase

   
 

Honorable Mention
Sandra Nickel

soba noodles . . .
the new year
slips in

 
   

Honorable Mention
Bruce Ross


hazy dusk . . .
no one bothered to plow
the graveyard road

     

[Top]

 

2005

Judges: Francine Porad and Billie Wilson

First Place:
Francine Banwarth

child's wake
the weight
of rain

 

 

 

Second Place:
Jim Kacian

gunshot the length of the lake

 

 

 

Third Place:
Rick Tarquinio

a stick caught
on the lip of the dam
winter's end

Honorable Mention:
Francine Banwarth

summer stars...
the old violin goes
to the highest bidder

 

 

 

Honorable Mention:
Kirsty Karkow

winter drags on...
I squeeze the last drops
from a teabag

 

 

 

Honorable Mention:
Origa

distant thunder—
a titmouse gives one chirp
and falls silent

Honorable Mention:
Bill Pauly

Alzheimer's birthday
each slice of the cake
takes part of her name

 

 

 

Honorable Mention:
Marie Summers

March winds
a decade has passed
by your grave

 

[Top]


2004

The judges for the 2004 competition were William Cullen Jr. & Brenda J. Gannam.

First Place:
w.f. owen

Indian summer
a spent salmon
washes ashore

 

 

 

Second Place:
Becky Barnhart

after the funeral
whiskers still
in his razor

 

 

 

Third Place:
Michael Fessler

the page-finders
of my father’s Daily Missal
losing their colors

Honorable Mention:
Marjorie Buettner

first buds of spring
   I change the washer’s setting
      to delicate

 

 

 

Honorable Mention:
George Swede

Among the gravestones
with names worn away
children play hide ‘n seek

 

[Top]


2003

The judges for the 2003 competition were paul m. and Patrick Gallagher.

First Place:
Billie Wilson

whalebone
from a beach near Savoonga—
winter rain

 

 

 

Second Place:
John Stevenson

All Saints morning
a path
of trodden leaves

 

 

 

Third Place:
Carolyn Hall

cremated
in her favorite kimono—
small green plums

Honorable Mention:
Timothy Russell

             spring rain—
the gravedigger latches the door
             of his backhoe

 

 

 

Honorable Mention:
Carolyn Hall

spring rain the cat's pink nipples

 

[Top]


2002

The judges for the 2002 competition were Larry Kimmel and Carol Purington.

First Place:
Marjorie Buettner

loon calls
my daughter drawing circles
near the fire

 

 

 

Second Place:
Billie Wilson

summer evening—
from across the meadow
a call to supper

 

 

 

Third Place:
Michael Fessler

shivering on the roof
I rub my palms together
meteor shower

Honorable Mention:
John Thompson

    ocean breeze—
a strand of seaweed
    steadies the kite

 

 

 

Honorable Mention:
Ross Figgins

autumn rose—
     even as I sketch the wind
        more petals fall

 

   

Honorable Mention:
Doug Hunt

Humid July—
from the stove the smell
of old fires

Honorable Mention:
Harvey Hess

the wind of autumn
a homeless man warms himself
hand to mouth

   

[Top]


2001

The judges for the 2001 competition were Yu Chang and Ferris Gilli. Out of 920 entries, they selected the haiku below as the winners.

First Place:
Kathy Lippard Cobb

broken easel—
the front yard blue
with wildflowers

 

 

 

Second Place (tie):
Linda Jeannette Ward

heat waves—
the hitchhiker shifts her child
to the other hip

 

 

 

Second Place (tie):
Leatrice Lifshitz

land's end—
sand in each bite
of my apple

Third Place:
W. F. Owen

Indian summer
a fish slips through
the gill net

 

 

 

Honorable Mention:
Jeanne Emrich

     her 18th birthday—
for the first time she notices
       my silences

 

 

 

Honorable Mention:
A. C. Missias

spring sunshine
      the climbing ivy
      filled with sparrows

[Top]


2000

First Place:
Michael Dylan Welch

 meteor shower—
    a gentle wave
wets our sandals

 

 

 

Second Place:
Yvonne Hardenbrook

      mountain hike
we drink from the beginning
      of a great river

 

 

 

Third Place (shared):
Tom Clausen

spring sun—
       high in his arms
             the newborn is shown

Third Place (shared):
Marian Olson

      snail—
to know
           its heart beats too

 

 

 

Honorable Mention:
LeRoy Gorman

   lethal injection
unable to shut
the blind dog's eyes

 

   

Honorable Mention:
Peggy Heinrich

     end of summer
the shape of his feet
    in his sneakers

Honorable Mention:
Linda Jeannette Ward

   Geronimo's grave
someone has left
   plastic flowers

   

[Top]


1999

First Place:
Yu Chang

new in town
the scent
of unknown flowers

 

 

 

Second Place:
Christopher Herold

foghorns . . .
we lower a kayak
into the sound

 

 

 

Third Place:
Celia Stuart-Powles

catalog time
the garden begins
without a seed

Honorable Mention:
Ferris Gilli

new butterfly ...
folded wings
lean into the wind

 

 

 

Honorable Mention:
Christopher Herold

morning overcast
a few seeds still dangle
from the dandelion

 

   

Honorable Mention:
R.A. Stefanac

break up
I leave behind
her butterfly net

Honorable Mention:
John Stevenson

walking home barefoot,
we enter the shadow
of the hill

   
 

Honorable Mention:
Tom Tico

autumn evening ...
a page of the old book
separates from the spine

 

[Top]


1998

First Place:
Randy Brooks

funeral procession ...
snowflakes blowing
into the headlights

 

 

 

Second Place:
Zinovy Vayman

autumn evening
my hospital window
becomes a mirror

 

 

 

Third Place:
Ernest Berry

storm clouds
the cry of a shearwater
circles the sky

Honorable Mention:
Margaret Chula

late into the night
we talk of revelations
moon through the pines

 

 

 

Honorable Mention:
Christopher Herold

the kettle whistles ...
           a blur of garden color
           on the window

 

   

Honorable Mention:
John Stevenson

winter beach
a piece of driftwood
charred at one end

Honorable Mention:
Ruth M. Yarrow

riveredge old growth:
a towering window
of stars

   

[Top]


1997

First Place:
June Moreau

I'm caught in it too—
the blossom-loosening wind

 

 

 

Second Place:
Gary Gay

Over the railroad tracks
the slow motion
of a snake

 

 

 

Third Place:
George Swede

The beetle I righted
flies straight into
a cobweb

Honorable Mention:
Helen Davie

leaf in my palm
its stem extends
my lifeline

 

 

 

Honorable Mention:
Susan Gaston

about the tree
over my small son's grave
—tell me

 

   

Honorable Mention:
William J. Higginson

musty smell
forgotten ... deep
into the text

Honorable Mention:
Connie Meester

that Venus!
leading the cupped moon
through every turn of the road

   
 

Honorable Mention:
Kohjin Sakamoto

"grabs" and "opens"
the fist
sowing seeds

 

[Top]


1996

First Place:
Leatrice Lifshitz

the river—
coming to it with nothing
in my hands

 

 

 

Second Place:
Kay F. Anderson

deep silence
          the orphaned nestlings
          this third morning

 

 

 

Third Place:
Jeffrey Witkin

summer solstice—
the long tips of lavender
bent by bees

Honorable Mention:
Sandra Fuhringer

snowbound
coloring inside
the lines

 

 

 

Honorable Mention:
LeRoy Gorman

the dumproad pond
tadpoles exit
a birdhouse

 

   

Honorable Mention:
Kohjin Sakamoto

still sun-warmed ...
the pulled-out scarecrow
in my arms

Honorable Mention:
vincent tripi

Changing the swallowtail
      changed by it
           the spring wind

   

[Top]


1995

First Place:
Leatrice Lifshitz

letting the branch go
a shower of petals falls
on the old woman

 

 

 

Second Place:
Michael Dylan Welch

toll booth lit for Christmas
from my hand to hers
warm change

 

 

 

Third Place:
Jim Kacian

winter seclusion
tending all day
the small fire

Honorable Mention:
Helen K. Davie

on the path
only one of us
touched by a falling leaf

 

 

 

Honorable Mention:
John Stevenson

winter, bedtime
   static flickers
       through a white sleeve

 

   

Honorable Mention:
Ruth Yarrow

warm river—
up to our necks
in sunset

Honorable Mention:
Jeanne Emrich

beneath the ice
the waterfall
                    still falling

   

[Top]


1994

First Place:
Alice Mackenzie Swaim

Old garden chair
sagging with the weight
of a single leaf.

 

 

 

Second Place:
Helen K. Davie

after the stroke ...
watching only the half of your face
that smiles

 

 

 

Third Place:
Peggy Heinrich

City window
mountains and pines
etched in frost

Honorable Mention:
Garry Gay

Autumn deepens
an empty snail shell
explored by an ant

 

 

 

Honorable Mention:
Christopher Herold

early morning sun
     scattered on the table
          several grains of salt

 

   

Honorable Mention:
Gary Hotham

snowflakes
no one will miss
melt in her hand

Honorable Mention:
John Stevenson

bright leaves
    blow through
       her dream house

   

[Top]


1993

First Place:
Sylvia Forges-Ryan

scattering his ashes
     the moon
          in bits and pieces

 

 

 

Second Place:
Virginia Brady Young

on the river
      of many names, one cloud
      floating

 

 

 

Third Place:
Elizabeth Searle Lamb

learning too late
he didn't like bubinga wood—
sun strikes the urn

Honorable Mention:
Penny Harter

the war memorial—
migrating butterflies
cover the names

 

 

 

Honorable Mention:
Jim Kacian

falling leaves
the house comes
out of the wood

 

   

Honorable Mention:
Leatrice Lifshitz

leaving you—
fog on either side
of the white heron

Honorable Mention:
June Moreau

Below zero
all curled up in the woodpile
the skin of a snake

   

 

[Top]


1992

First Place:
Carol A. Purington

deep winter.
                        the armload of firewood
                        chills the kitchen

 

 

 

Second Place:
James Chessing

mourning dove calls ...
     my elderly neighbor stills
          the sound of her hoeing

 

 

 

Third Place:
Lenard D. Moore

August morning—
a window washer wiping dust
from his sunglasses

[Top]


1991

First Place:
Bill Pauly

snowmelt ...
     she enters
     the earth on her knees

 

 

 

Second Place:
Michael Dylan Welch

an old woolen sweater
          taken yarn by yarn
                    from the snowbank

 

 

 

Third Place:
Elizabeth Searle Lamb

a white horse
drinks from the acequia
          blossoming locust

Special Award:
Alyson Pou

sunlight shines red
through my father's thumb
on the steering wheel

 

 

 

Special Award:
John Thompson

          two women crying
one giving birth
          the other being born

 

   

Special Award:
vincent tripi

Approaching the family plot ...
my furled umbrella
turns into a cane.

Honorable Mention:
Marc Arvid White

Chernobyl victim—
fingers pressing the plastic
to his wife's caress

   
 

Honorable Mention:
Christopher Herold

                        cloud shadow
           long enough to close
the poppies

 
   

Honorable Mention:
June Moreau

The thick clang
of a cowbell
the sun deepens

Honorable Mention:
Sydney Bougy

Roses
in the smaller room
more fragrant

   
 

Honorable Mention:
Vicki Silvers

Ninety winters
          Spellbound
                     Again

 

[Top]


1990

First Place:
Charles B. Dickson

silent cathedral
     stained-glass apostles
     dimming with dusk

 

 

 

Second Place:
R. J. Trayhern

          up the path
to touch that one oak
in last night's dream

 

 

 

Third Place:
Jim Boyd

dry leaves
the old archer
curves his eyebrow

Honorable Mention:
William Cullen, Jr.

soft rain—
the new grave
looks old

 

 

 

Honorable Mention:
Dee Evetts

morning sneeze—
the guitar in the corner
resonates

 

   

Honorable Mention:
George Swede

dusk
a lone car going the same way
as the river

Honorable Mention:
Tom Tico

First days of summer ...
     already the leaves gather
         beneath the sycamores

   
 

Honorable Mention:
Lee Gurga

fall leaves the trees the winter sky

 
     
     

[Top]


1989

First Place:
John Thompson

so many ways
within the waterfall
for water to fall

 

 

 

Second Place:
Dee Evetts

after the rain
on my vegetable patch
a new crop of stones

 

 

 

Third Place:
Joe Nutt

frozen in mud
by the vacant shanty:
lottery ticket

Honorable Mention:
Frederick Gasser

the potter's hands
gently shape the vase
     out of himself

 

 

 

Honorable Mention:
Garry Gay

Watermelon rind,
sitting in its own juice
the summer sun

 

   

Honorable Mention:
Lee Gurga

figure drawing class—
in the model's deepest shadows
a stark white string

Honorable Mention:
Robert Mainone

Ebb tide ...
    a little sea
         in the shell

   
 

Honorable Mention:
Joan Bulger Murphy

watching rain
pouring down ... pouring down
just watching

 
   

Honorable Mention:
Denver Stull

abandoned store—
     large sign reading
          WE NEVER CLOSE

[Top]


1988

First Place:
Dan Burke

a single strand
of spider silk
     stops her

 

 

 

Second Place:
Lesley Einer

endlessly becoming,
clouds

 

 

 

Third Place:
Jerry Kilbride

mime
lifting
fog

Senryu Award:
Carolyn Talmadge

taking time ...
listening
to the grocery clerk

 

 

 

Senryu Award:
Elizabeth St Jacques

in the Yukon
sleeping with one eye shut
the summer night

 

   

Senryu Award:
Bill Pauly

in soap bubbles
again and again
his face is broken

[Top]


1987

First Place:
Jerry Kilbride

yard sale,
sunlight filling
mason jars

 

 

 

Second Place:
Kathleen Burgy

leaving home ...
the smell of smoke
from old brick chimneys

 

 

 

Third Place:
Ross Figgins

frozen pond—
white antlers rise
through the ice

Honorable Mention:
Steven D. Dalachinsky

June night
my mother alone with
her cancer

 

 

 

Honorable Mention:
Sister Mary Thomas Eulberg

     at dinner
biting into the roast beef ...
     the butcher's thumb nail

 

   

Honorable Mention:
Dee Evetts

phoning the neighbors
their real voices
through the open window

Honorable Mention:
Dee Evetts

repeating the lecture
his eyes following
the window-cleaner's blade

   
 

Honorable Mention:
Esther Harris

Tools rusting
Unused on the work bench
A faucet dripping

 
   

Honorable Mention:
H. F. Noyes

full moon

      peering into
the half-built house

Honorable Mention:
Donald E. McLeod

dusk
drawing the pond's depth
to the surface

   
 

Honorable Mention:
Carol Montgomery

old woman, wrapping
her cat's gifts
—centering the bows

 
   

Honorable Mention:
Lynn G. Moore

on the way to work
a hot air balloon
up in the mist

Honorable Mention:
Denver Stull

this heat;
     the dog's tail
          the only breeze

   

[Top]


1986

First Place:
Ruth M. Yarrow

                light
up under the gull's wing:
              sunrise

 

 

 

Second Place:
Carol Montgomery

second husband
painting the fence
the same green

 

 

 

Third Place:
Clark Strand

such coolness
the snail stretches
its neck

Honorable Mention:
David E. LeCount

the one legged bird
that deep bend before
taking off

 

 

 

Honorable Mention:
Peggy Willis Lyles

bird song
lost
in bird song

 

   

Honorable Mention:
Bill Pauly

walking in on her
dead eyes reflecting
          snowfall

Honorable Mention:
Rebecca Rust

in the sea
the fireworks
rising

   
 

Honorable Mention:
Ruby Spriggs

bird feeder untouched ...

     alone again

 
   

Honorable Mention:
Ruth M. Yarrow

circling each thigh
     cool
of the night river

Senryu Award:
Carol Montgomery

     small child
afraid to throw away
    his Church Bulletin

   

 

[Top]


1985

First Place:
Stephen Hobson

     in utter stillness
the incense
          changes direction

 

 

 

Second Place:
David E. LeCount

early spring sun—
the spinster combs out her hair
for nesting birds

 

 

 

Third Place:
Ruth Yarrow

canyon:
at the very edge
          riversound

Honorable Mention:
Robert F. Mainone

Out of its slipper
     her bare foot talking
          under the table

 

 

 

Honorable Mention:
David Elliott

      Burial prayers
grandson playing hide and seek
      behind the stones

 

   

Honorable Mention:
Robert Kramer

between the fireflies
the changing shape of darkness

Honorable Mention:
Dorothy McLaughlin

My father's hammer
warm again
in my hand

   
 

Honorable Mention:
Margarita Mondrus Engle

under trees and sky
     the baby studies
     her hands

 

[Top]


1984


First Place:
Adele Kenny

migrating geese—
once there was so much
to say

 

 

 

Second Place:
Bill Pauly

sound of her voice
carrying eggs
across the ice

 

 

 

Third Place:
Alexis K. Rotella

moving
with the clock tower's shadow
the flower lady

[Top]


1983

First Place:
Bill Pauly

heart drawn in dust
by the old Indian ...
rain

 

 

 

Second Place:
Ross Figgins

whispered dusk—
      a fox picks its way
           across the ice

 

 

 

Third Place:
Ruth M. Yarrow

mist
lifting
the loon's cry

Honorable Mention:
Ruth M. Yarrow

snowman's eye
sinking in
the spring rain

 

 

 

Honorable Mention:
Joyce Walker Currier

Autumn afternoon:
I stand on the shadow
of the sparrow

 

   

Honorable Mention:
Bill Pauly

ten below zero:
man and boy walk through their breath
to read old tombstones

Honorable Mention:
Margarita Mondrus Engle

hot wind
the roadrunner's beak
opens and closes

   
 

Honorable Mention:
Charles L. Cutler

Blackbirds descend
through the floaters
in this eye

 
   

Honorable Mention:
Darold D. Braida

the old man
closes the shadow
in his hand

Honorable Mention:
Ruth M. Yarrow

spring drizzle
rounding the thorn
a drop of light

   

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1982

First Place:
Raymond Roseliep

              horizon
wild swan drifting through
      the woman's body

 

 

 

Second Place:
Chuck Brickley

deserted wharf
the mime bows
to the moon

 

 

 

Third Place:
Elizabeth Searle Lamb

a spider's web
across the windharp
the silence

Honorable Mention:
Rita Z. Mazur

under the back steps
     catfish still flop in the pail—
          the long August night

 

 

 

Honorable Mention:
Darold D. Braida

horns fold
at my shadow's touch;
brown slug

 

   

Honorable Mention:
Sister Mary Thomas Eulberg

      early April rain
that woman fills every jar,
    seals them forever

Honorable Mention:
Darold D. Braida

dead mynah bird ...
with each passing car
its wing flaps

   
 

Honorable Mention:
Edward P. Willey

Picking cotton—
      the memory
           of birdtracks in the snow

 
   

Honorable Mention:
Garry Gay

Old tea bag;
     tints the moon
          slightly

Honorable Mention:
David E. Evans

blackened walnut
left unopened—
winter solstice

   
 

Honorable Mention:
Thelma Murphy

Distant woodchopper
inside the cabin
axbite echoes

 
   

Honorable Mention:
Richard Bodner

    The grey cranes at dusk—
bending in a line along
     the crooked fenceposts

Honorable Mention:
L.A. Davidson

checking for water
the woman finds a full moon
trapped in the cistern

   

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1981

First Place:
Bill Pauly

Old woman,
rain in the eye
of her needle

 

 

 

Second Place (tie):
Gloria Buckner

The path shorter now,
underfoot the crumbling leaves;
the child runs ahead

 

 

 

 

Second Place (tie):
Elizabeth Searle Lamb

cry of the peacock widens the crack in the adobe wall

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1980

First Place:
Robert F. Mainone

fields of snow
     not only moonlight
          but the moon

 

 

 

Second Place:
Chuck Brickley

cold morning sea—
an old man towels
himself in the sunlight

 

 

 

Third Place:
Sister Mary Thomas Eulberg

fields of corn stretching
as far as the eye can see
within            a lost child

Honorable Mention:
L.A. Davidson

  crossing the bright sky
of a near-sighted swimmer,
     the song of a bird

 

 

 

Honorable Mention:
Furuta Soichi

and yet
perishable is flesh—
a mountain plum

 

   

Honorable Mention:
Bill Pauly

what thing cries out
deep inside us
cooking the turtle?

Honorable Mention:
Peggy Willis Lyles

Lights out
... the firefly
inside

   
 

Honorable Mention:
Gary Hotham

the wind
somewhere else—
bird tracks in a light snow

 
   

Honorable Mention:
Sister Mary Thomas Eulberg

apples cooking:
in the aroma
pictures of my mother canning

Honorable Mention:
Stephen Gould

Dawn
     another parting
with the moon

   
 

Honorable Mention:
Gary Hotham

back and forth goldfish hot & humid afternoon

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1979

First Place:
James O'Neil

the child
points at the moon
and says, "bird"

 

 

 

Second Place:
Darold D. Braida

one seagull
on a shaft of air;
dawn

 

 

 

Third Place:
Kirsten Stromberg

Lean man
Carving
The tree's dream.

Honorable Mention:
Marlene Wills

morning-glory folds into herself into her folds

 

 

 

Honorable Mention:
Cor van den Heuvel

from behind me
the shadow of the ticket-taker
comes down the aisle

 

Honorable Mention:
Michael O'Brien

Walking to Work

Pages lap at your feet
The quick eye holds up the news to the day

Honorable Mention:
Tal Streeter

Part of a dog
walking by upside down
in the roadside puddle

 

 

 

Honorable Mention:
Garry Gay

Where the ripple was
the fisherman casts his line;
another ripple

 
   

Honorable Mention:
Virginia Brady Young

Quiet strokes
of night swimmer: the slap
of beaver tails . . .

Honorable Mention:
Raymond Roseliep

never expecting
the lilies in November
nor the small coffin

   
 

Honorable Mention:
Michael McClintock

      the room's smallness
fills with light
      this morning of snow

 
   

Honorable Mention:
Joyce Walker Currier

The way of the conch—
blueing in the sea, and
echoing in the wind

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1978

First Place:
Elizabeth Searle Lamb

leaving      all the morning glories      closed

 

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1977

First Place (tie):
Robert F. Mainone

Old frog
    up to his ears
        in moonlight

 

 

 

First Place (tie):
Raymond Roseliep

reaching into sky
the girl breaks the wish—
bone of geese

 

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1976

First Place:
Jennifer Virgil

in a dark bag
    onions
          sprouting

 

 

 

Second Place:
R.E.T. Johnson

still lake—
a hawk makes off
with its image

 

 

 

Third Place:
Larry E. Martin

   skiers!
  standing
on the wind

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