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Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial Haiku Competition Collection

The Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial Haiku Competition for Grades 7-12 was founded in 1990 by the Sacred Heart Church in Camden, N.J. It is sponsored and administered by the Nick Virgilio Haiku Association in memory of Nicholas A. Virgilio, a charter member of the Haiku Society of America, who died in 1989. See the Nick Virgilio Poetry Project Website for more about Nick.

The Haiku Society of America cosponsors the contest, provides judges, and publishes the contest results in its journal, Frogpond, and on its Website (www.hsa-haiku.org). See also the contest rules and the judges' commentary for the Virgilio award.

Winners by Year: 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999 | 1998 | 1997 | 1996 | 1995 | 1994 | 1993 | 1992 | 1991 | 1990


 

2013


The judges for the 2013 competition were Mary Stevens and John Stevenson. Comments from the judges. Here are the winning haiku


through the teeth
of the jack-o-lantern
the wind

Addison Owen
Age 14, Grade 9
The Paideia School, Atlanta, Georgia

• • •

family dinner
the lights
too dim

Danielle Murdoch
Age 14, Grade 8
The Paideia School, Atlanta, Georgia


• • •

late autumn
his callused hands
feed the line

Grace Futral
Age 14, Grade 8
The Paideia School Atlanta, Georgia

autumn wind
the spool feeding
the thread

Olivia Babuka Black
Age 15, Grade 9
The Paideia School, Atlanta, Georgia

• • •

a crack
in the parking lot
I tightrope to the car

Liana Klin
Age 13, Grade 7
The Paideia School, Atlanta, Georgia

• • •

          words
come slow like honey
        Ohio rain

Coral Lee
Age 17, Grade 12
Sage Hill School, Newport Coast, California


 

2012


The judges for the 2012 competition were Geoffrey Van Kirk and Patricia Doyle Van Kirk New York, New York. Comments from the judges.

winter dusk
the crows
clotting the wind

Olivia Babuka Black, 14, Grade 8 The Paideia School
Atlanta, Georgia

at the funeral
headphones hidden
beneath my sweater

Dino Romeo, 14, Grade 9
Sage High School
Newport Coast, California

summer waves
leave belly button sand
in my shower

Alex Manolakas, 18, Grade 12 Sage High School
Newport Coast, California

rainfall
grey sky
in big puddles

Siani Macklin, 13, Grade 7
Sacred Heart School
Camden, New Jersey

 

night on the lake
I touch
the moon

Abbey Shannon, 13, Grade 7
The Paideia School,
Atlanta, Georgia

 

stair of roots
I step
on each knot

Ainura Johnson, 13, Grade 7
The Paideia School
Atlanta, Georgia

2011


The judges for the 2011 competition were Francine Banworth, Dubuque, Iowa & Tom Painting, Atlanta, Georgia. Comments from the judges.

November sky
a lone seed drifts
on wispy wings

Martine Thomas, 14, Grade 9
Wilson Commencement School
Rochester, NY

August night
eau de rain
drifts on the wind

Martine Thomas, 14, Grade 9
Wilson Commencement School
Rochester, NY

AP Physics
my eyes
twitch

Heather Zadra, 18, Grade 12
Sage Hill School
Newport Coast, CA

story time
under the covers
the night's warm whispers

Mariah Wilson, 14, Grade 9
Sage Hill School
Newport Coast, CA

2010


The judges for the 2010 competition were Janelle Barrera and Fran Masat. Comments from the judges.

autumn rain
rinsing the color
from the leaves

Lauren Winters, 18
Hilliard Davidson High School, Grade 12
Hilliard, OH

cold night
the phone call
from a disowned sister

Hanna Amireh, 17
School of the Arts, Grade 12
Rochester, NY

on the window sill
next to the box of ashes
Jiro’s dog collar

Michelle Hosoda, 17
Sage Hill School, Grade 12
Newport Coast, CA

rural Peru
5 lollypops
for a handmade bracelet

Caitlin Sullivan, 18
Sage Hill School, Grade 12
Newport Coast, CA

Grandad’s funeral
she wonders
whether she looks fat

Alice Liu, 14
Sage Hill School, Grade 9
Newport Coast, CA

 

under the shade
of sunflowers,
my mouse decays

Laura Hansen, 18
Capital High School, Grade 12
Boise, ID

2009


The judges for the 2009 competition were Kristen Deming and Bill Kenney. Comments from the judges.

winter night
cracks in the floorboards
widen

Mary Rice, age 16
School of the Arts, Grade 10
Rochester, NY

quiet night
the gazebo
dressed with snow

Meredith Jeffers, 16
School of the Arts, Grade 10
Rochester, NY

saying goodbye
the river flowing
one way

Cindy Truong, 13
School of the Arts, Grade 8
Rochester, NY

tornado drill
the hallways full
of laughter

Nikki Savary, 18
Wahlert High School, Grade 12
Dubuque, IA

winter
the old man’s beard
frozen in place

Riley Siwiec, 12
School of the Arts, Grade 7
Rochester, NY

 

new snow
my footprints
follow me

Martine Thomas, 12
School of the Arts, Grade 7
Rochester, NY

2008


The judges for the 2008 competition were Tony Pupello & Pamela Miller Ness. Comments from the judges.

winter stars
my father paints over
the old white walls

Asha Bishi, age 18
School of the Arts, 12th grade
Rochester, NY

autumn night
one brick
darker than the rest

Gracie Elliot, age 12
School of the Arts, 7th grade
Rochester NY

first kiss –
the tingle of coke
down her throat

Lauren Fresch, age 17
Perkins High School, grade 12
Sandusky, OH

scent of spring
my sister paints
the rising sun

Asha Bishi, age 18
School of the Arts, grade 12
Rochester, NY

silent graveyard
one tombstone
with a crow

Alexa Navarez, age 12
School of the Arts, grade 7
Rochester, NY

light footsteps
across the snow
his alcohol breath

Desire Giddens, age 12
School of the Arts, grade 7
Rochester, NY

2007


The judges for the 2007 competition were Ruth Eshbaugh and Susan Delaney. Comments from the judges.

beep of the monitor
reminding me . . .
to hope

Nicole Grogan, Grade 12
Wahlert High School, Dubuque, IA

the wind
taking
her secret

Jordan Krueger, Grade 12
Wahlert High School, Dubuque, IA

early spring
the willowy girl
runs around the track

Sara Dill, Grade 8
School of the Arts, Rochester, NY

spring morning
her jelly shoes dry
on the back porch

Zoe Christopher, Grade 9
School of the Arts, Rochester, NY

empty house
echoes of laughter
in the rotting wood

Emily Onyan, Grade 8
School of the Arts, Rochester, NY

Valentine’s Day
the stop light stays red
too long

Pendle Marshall-Hallmark, Grade 9
School of the Arts, Rochester, NY

2006


The judges for the 2006 competition were Michael Ketchek and Jerome Cushman.

Elishma Farquharson, 18, grade 12
School of the Arts
Rochester, New York

Iraqi sun
an American soldier
pisses in the sand

Cory Steinmetz, 17, Grade 11
Vermilion High School
Vermilion, Ohio

three stones on a fence

Allen Bartter, Age 17, Grade 11
School of the Arts
Rochester, New York

new year's day
walking in yesterday's
frozen footprints

Fantazia Edic, 18, Grade 12
School of the Arts
Rochester, New York

fireworks
a boy nestles
into his mother

Giulia Perucchio, 15, Grade 10
School of the Arts
Rochester, New York

the coarse wool
of my blanket
a cricket's rasp

Gen Poehner, 16, Grade 11
School of the Arts
Rochester, New York

bean stalks
none of my clothes
fit


2005


The judges for the 2005 competition were Michael Moore (Desoto, TX) and Charles Trumbull (Evanston, IL). To see their comments on the winning haiku, click the link for 2005 on the Judges' Commentary page.

Alex Degus, 18, Grade 12
School of the Arts
Rochester, New York

grandma's wake
my little cousin
shakes her etch-a-sketch

Guilia Perucchio, 14, Grade 9
School of the Arts
Rochester, New York

memories
caught in my brush
long strands

Allen Bartter, Age 15, Grade 10
School of the Arts
Rochester, New York

pre-school
a triangle block
stuck in a square hole

Kate Bosek-Sills, Age 15,Grade 10
School of the Arts
Rochester, New York

harvest moon
the homeless man's cup
filled with silver

Asha Bishi, Age 14, Grade 9
School of the Arts
Rochester, New York

my father
in the stubbled wheat field
scratches his beard

Adrian DiMatteo, Age 14, Grade 9
School of the Arts
Rochester, New York

superstitious
a fortune cookie
seals my fate


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2004


The judges for the 2004 competition were an'ya and kirsty karkow. To see their comments on the winning haiku, click the link for 2004 on the Judges' Commentary page.

James Kelly, Age 17
Wahlert High School, Dubuque, IA 

ocean shore
lost in a pile of rocks 
a seal sleeps

Amanda White, Age 17
Wahlert High School, Dubuque, IA

cold in church
mother and I 
move closer

Emily Cornish, Age 15
School of the Arts, Rochester, NY

summer cottage
the bullfrog 
slips my grasp

Allison McCrossen, Age 13
School of the Arts, Rochester, NY

shifting shadows 
deep in the hills 
a dog barks

Jenny Zhang, Age 16
Cedar Shaols High School, Athens, GA

metallic taste
the cold stream spills
from my hand

Elizabeth Hetherington, Age 16
School of the Arts, Rochester, NY

koi
nibbling
my copper wish

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2003


The judges for the 2003 competition were Claire Gallagher and Anne Homan. To see their comments on the winning haiku, click the link for 2003 on the Judges' Commentary page.

Laura Santiago, Age 15, Grade 9
School of the Arts, Rochester, NY

summer breeze
the flutter of clothes
thrown over a chair

   
 

Henry Aigetsinger , Age 15, Grade 9
School of the Arts, Rochester, NY

pebbles underfoot
in the cold stream
stars

 
   

C. J. Welch, Age 17, Grade 12
Walhert High School, Dubuque, Iowa

in front
of the meth lab
three children hopscotch

Emily Cornish, Age 14, Grade 8
School of the Arts, Rochester, NY

Ash Wednesday
from lines of silent people
a cough echoes

   
 

Laura Santiago, Age 15, Grade 9
School of the Arts, Rochester, NY

spring evening
rain soaks through the newspaper
on my head

 

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2002


The judges for the 2002 competition were Raffael DeGruttola and Judson Evans.

First Place
Colin Murray, grade 8
School of the Arts, Rochester, N.Y.


hovering
over a damp field
a cloud of gnats

   
 

Second Place
Shannon Ryan, grade 9
School of the Arts, Rochester, N.Y.

dawn
dust dances
on shafts of sunlight

 
   

Third Place
Travis Moore, grade 9
School of the Arts, Rochester, N.Y.

summer dusk
throwing stones
through a broken window

Fourth Place
James Isaak, grade 12
Wahlert High School, Dubuque, Iowa

on an old
cemetery stone
my name

   
 

Fifth Place
Cory Hanson, grade 11
Wahlert High School, Dubuque, Iowa

mountain stream
trout dart
around watercress

 
   

Sixth Place
Colin Murray, grade 8
School for the Arts, Rochester, N.Y

Monday morning
kicking the slush
from behind the wheels

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2001


The judges for the 2001 competition were Randy and Shirley Brooks.

First Place
Travis Moore, age 13, Grade 8
School of the Arts, Rochester, N.Y.

autumn wind
rattles the glass—
a child's breath

   
 

Second Place
Brooke Erschen, age 18, Grade 12 Wahlert High School, Dubuque, Iowa

walking
the pumpkin patch—
children's faces aglow

 
   

Third Place
Deborah Meyer, age 18, Grade 12
Wahlert High School, Dubuque, Iowa

from the tanning salon
to her car
January chill

Fourth Place
Heidi Streit, age 17, Grade 12
Walhert High School, Dubuque, Iowa

strep throat
she kisses him
anyway

   
 

Fifth Place
Katherine Welter, age 17
Wahlert High School, Dubuque, Iowa

after the dentist appointment
sister returns
all smiles

 
   

Sixth Place
Kali Smith age 16, Grade 11
Wahlert High School, Dubuque, Iowa

new beau
fingering the tattoo
with her name

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2000


The judges for the 2000 competition were Ruth Yarrow and Kathleen Decker. To see their comments on the winning haiku, click the link for 2000 on the Judges' Commentary page.

Nathaniel B. Gach, age 18, grade 12
Marple Newtown High School, Newtown Square, Pa.

spring morning
the dewy grass
holds the shape of her step

   
 

Dave Ferry, age 17, grade 12
Marple Newtown High School
Newtown Square, Pa.

Thanksgiving Dinner
     Silence, and the
pendulum swinging

 
    Elizabeth Frank, age 17, grade 12
Wahlert High School, Dubuque, Iowa

a whale's last call
the blue sea—
red

Nathaniel B. Gach, age 18, grade 12
Marple Newtown High School
Newtown Square, Pa.

autumn afternoon
hole in the stone wall
a perfect frame

   
 

Thomas Murray, age 15, grade 9
School of the Arts, Rochester, N.Y
.

from Orion
a bat flits
to the moon

 
   

Kate Chapman, age 18, grade 12
Wahlert High School, Dubuque, Iowa

mountain view photo
capturing
the tourist's breath

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1999


The judges for the 2003 competition were Yvonne Hardenbrook and Cherie Hunter Day. To see their comments on the winning haiku, click the link for 1999 on the Judges' Commentary page.

Damian Stork, age 18, grade 12
Wahlert High School, Dubuque, Iowa

farming
his hands
showing the work

   
 

Heather Klinthammer, age 18, grade 12, Wahlert High School, Dubuque, Iowa

concentration
on the runner's forehead
birdpoop

 
   

Paula Faber, age 18, grade 12
Wahlert High School, Dubuque, Iowa

at the movie
their hands meet . . .
in the buttered popcorn

Heather Klinthammer, age 18, grade 12
Wahlert High School, Dubuque, Iowa

mother's crossed arms
a reminder—
of our argument

   
 

Joe Arling, age 17, grade 12, Wahlert High School, Dubuque, Iowa

Overhead projector
the lesson
over a student's head

 
   

Tony Leisen, age 18, grade 12
Wahlert High School, Dubuque, Iowa

after the rain
so visible
the spider's web

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1998


The judges for the 1998 competition were Ellen Compton and Jeff Witkin. To see their comments on the winning haiku, click the link for 1998 on the Judges' Commentary page.

Tyler Stoffel, age 18, grade 12
Wahlert High School, Dubuque, Iowa

photograph:
for a moment
everything still

   
 

Crystal Wagner, age 17, grade 11
Wahlert High School, Dubuque. Iowa

smiling at him
in the old pictures
he smiles back

 
   

Tara Stecklein, age 18, grade 12
Wahlert High School, Dubuque, Iowa

the quiet girl
wearing
a loud shirt

Adam Rauch, age 17, grade 12
Marple Newtown Senior High School, Newtown Square, Pa.

finding myself
between the willows—
autumn evening

   
 

Dani DeCaro, age 16, grade 12
Marple Newtown Senior High School
Newtown Square, Pa.

     signs of spring—
tanktop revealing
     her butterfly tattoo

 
   

Bridget Leary, age 18, grade 12
Wahlert High School, Dubuque Iowa

leaf pattern
arranged
rearranged by the wind

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1997


The Virgilio Contest for 1997 was suspended while the deadline date for entries was changed from autumn to spring in order to fit better with the school year.

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1996


The judges for the 1996 competition were Lee Gurga and Paul Mena.

Margaret Miller, age 17, grade 12
Hopewell Valley Central High School, Pennington, N.J
.

first snow
the whole pomegranate
one seed at a time

   
 

Bryan Roberts, age 16, grade 10
Waialua High School, Waialua, Hawaii

silence I wait
for the starter's pistol

 
   

Adam Dodds, age 18, grade 12
Wahlert High School Dubuque, Iowa

rain
finding
the hole in my shoe

Scott Splinter, age 17, grade 12
Wahlert High School, Dubuque, Iowa

first date
her dog
likes me

   
 

Brian Mulligan, age 18, grade 12
Wahlert High School Dubuque, Iowa

dark street
a lit cigarette
moves closer

 
   

Krista Dodds, age 16, grade 11
Wahlert High School Dubuque, Iowa

Halloween
my feelings
behind a mask

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1995


The judge for the 1995 competition was Paul O. Williams. To see his comments on the winning haiku, click the link for 1995 on the Judges' Commentary page.

First Place
Anne Alfredo, 9th grade
Wahlert High School, Dubuque, Iowa

solitary swimmer
ripples
  the early-morning sun

   
 

Second Place
Beth Paisley, 9th grade
Wahlert High School, Dubuque, Iowa

old man
   reeling in
the sea

 
   

Third Place
Katie O'Connor, 9th grade
Wahlert High School, Dubuque, Iowa

after the flood
   our flag waves
      from the clothesline

Honorable Mention
Tony Leisen, 9th grade
Wahlert High School, Dubuque, Iowa

dandelion
wished
away

   
 

Honorable Mention
Maureen Reilly, 9th grade
Wahlert High School, Dubuque, Iowa

the tree
snowcovered
except one leaf

 
   

Honorable Mention
Charlotte Stevenson, 9th grade
Castilleja School, Palo Alto, Calif.

two oak leaves
just the same
until a brown moth flies away.

Honorable Mention
Katie Gallagher, 10th grade
University High School
Honolulu, Hawaii

two bold streaks of blue
   split by the thin horizon—
ocean and spring sky

   

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1994


The judges for the 1994 competition were Christopher Herold and June Hymas. To see their comments on the winning haiku, click the link for 1994 on the Judges' Commentary page.

First Place
Lisa Tranel, 9th grade
Wahlert High School, Dubuque, Iowa

digging potatoes
my dog barks
at the shovel

   
 

Second Place
Adam Asbury, 9th grade
Wahlert High School, Dubuque, Iowa

pheasant hunting
his hand too cold
to pull the trigger

 
   

Third Place
Brooke Althaus, 9th grade
Wahlert High School, Dubuque, Iowa

mountains the horizon

Honorable Mention
Nate Jenkins, 9th grade
Wahlert High School, Dubuque, Iowa

turning the corner
he turns his hat
in a different direction

   
 

Honorable Mention
Jessi Kurt, 9th grade
Wahlert High School, Dubuque, Iowa

Eucharist
white
on my dirty palm

 
   

Honorable Mention
Amanda Wetjen, 9th grade
Wahlert High School, Dubuque, Iowa

rain . . .
he holds out
his hands

Honorable Mention
Lisa White, 9th grade
Wahlert High School, Dubuque, Iowa

grandmother's smile
spreads
into a yawn

   

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1993


The judges for the 1993 competition were Tom Clausen and Jack Ervin. To see their comments on the winning haiku, click the link for 1993 on the Judges' Commentary page.

First Place
Robin Grady, age 14, grade 9
Wahlert High School, Dubuque, Iowa

In the corner
of my bedroom
in the silent house

   
 

Second Place
Cory Olson, age 14 grade 9
Wahlert High School, Dubuque, Iowa

I watch myself
walking
past the still lake

 
   

Third Place
Keith Habel, age 14, grade 9
Wahlert High School, Dubuque, Iowa

emergency room:
watching the spider
cross the floor

Honorable Mention
Becky Atkinson, age 17, grade 12
Eastern Alamance High School, Mebane, N.C.

goodnight embrace
by the dusty road—
all the stars

   
 

Honorable Mention
Pascu Dumitru, age 13, grade 6
School No. 39, Constanta, Romania

earthquake . . .
on the chesstable
the horse hits the king

 
   

Honorable Mention
Noelle Egan, age 16, grade 11,
Cherry Hill High School West
Cherry Hill, N.J.

Inside the box
sits a doll
shoeless

Honorable Mention
Heather Caulberg, age 16, grade 11
Eastern Alamance High School, Mebane, N.C.

striped fish
criss-crossed
by a salty net

   

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1992


The judges for the 1992 competition were Carol Purington and Kathleen R. O'Toole. To see their comments on the winning haiku, click the link for 1992 on the Judges' Commentary page.

First Place
Chris McQuillen, age 14, grade 9
Wahlert High School, Dubuque, Iowa

indian chant
only white men
dancing

   
 

Second Place
Cindy Stierman, age 17, grade 12
Wahlert High School, Dubuque, Iowa

silent study hall:
my stomach growls
anyway

 
   

Third Place
David Sickler, age 16, grade 11
Wyoming Valley West High School
Plymouth, Pa.

After his funeral,
the white line
on her tanned finger.

Honorable Mention
Olivia Diana Bangal, age 14
Secondary School, Constanta, Romania

I and the dog
hunting together
the evening mosquitoes.

   
 

Honorable Mention
Ben Meier, age 15, grade 9
Wahlert High School, Dubuque, Iowa

out of sight          o
                  ballo    n
and the child's smile

 
   

Honorable Mention
Yezmin Soberanes Albert, age 17, grade 11
Hamilton School, Mexico D.F., Mexico

Inside its shell
      a snail
  and rain . . .

Honorable Mention
Diana Stanciu
Constanta, Romania

butterflies in the air
in the herbarium
deep silence

   

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1991


The judges for the 1991 competition were Joyce Walker Currier and Michael Dylan Welch. To see their comments on the winning haiku, click the link for 1991 on the Judges' Commentary page.

First Place
Gina Valentine, age 18, grade 12
Wahlert High School, Dubuque, Iowa

new mother . . .
her old cat appears
at nursing time

   
 

Second Place
Paola Mizrahi, age 16, grade 11
Hamilton School, Mexico, D.F., Mexico

As the sun rises
the flowers open
slowly . . .

 
   

Third Place
Jana Juergens, age 17, grade 12
Wahlert High School, Dubuque, Iowa


Blowing out
a match
the sudden smell

First Honorable Mention, Haiku
Matt Richards, age 17, grade 12
Wahlert High School, Dubuque, Iowa


Christmas Day
the hunters
feed the deer

   
 

Second Honorable Mention, Haiku Angela Widmyer, age 17, grade 12
Wahlert High School, Dubuque, Iowa

Father home
late again . . .
my mother's eyes
 
   

Third Honorable Mention, Haiku
Noelle Bellaver, age 17, grade 12
Wahlert High School, Dubuque, Iowa

chemistry between lab partners

First Honorable Mention, Senryu
Noelle Bellaver, age 17, grade 12
Wahlert High School, Dubuque, Iowa

day after the big test
the nurse's office
empty

   
 

Second Honorable Mention, Senryu
Matt Richards, age 17, grade 12
Wahlert High School, Dubuque, Iowa

beautiful girl
I turn my head and run
the red light

 
   

Third Honorable Mention, Senryu
Kristin Torgler, age 17, grade 12
Wahlert High School, Dubuque, Iowa

out of our flavor
ice cream man
swears in Spanish

First Honorable Mention, Visual
Gina Valentine, age 18, grade 12
Wahlert High School, Dubuque, Iowa

train flattened penny

   
 

Second Honorable Mention, Visual
Scott Kluck, age 18, grade 12
Wahlert High School, Dubuque, Iowa

re la tion ship
broken

 

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1990


The judges for the 1990 competition were Harriett Bley, Minna Lerman, and vincent tripi.

First Prize
Valentin Rader, age 16, 11th grade
Cedar Shoals High School, Athens, Ga.

Mad at myself . . .
the ball keeps hitting
its own shadow

   
 

Second Prize
Jane Schueller, age 17, 12th grade
Wahlert High School, Dubuque, Iowa

beside the waterfall
the little girl
wets her pants

 
   

Third Prize
Andy Daughetee, age 17, 12th grade
Wahlert High School, Dubuque, Iowa

light of a million stars . . .
still
the darkness

Honorable Mention
Julie Ernst, age 17, 12th grade
Wahlert High School, Dubuque, Iowa

seashells
take me
from the shore

   
 

Honorable Mention
Tim Ehringer, age 18, 12th grade
Wahlert High School, Dubuque, Iowa

under the tree
a planted feather

 
   

Honorable Mention
Keri Haas, age 18, 12th grade
Wahlert High School, Dubuque, Iowa

he gives me
roses
and their thorns

Honorable Mention, Senryu
Andrea Stapleton, age 17, 12th grade
Wahlert High School, Dubuque, Iowa

I see his wholeness
through the gap
in his teeth

   
 

Honorable Mention, Senryu
Keri Haas, age 18, 12th grade
Wahlert High School, Dubuque, Iowa

awakened from sleep:
cries
of my aborted baby

 

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