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Results of the March / April 2010 "spring rain"  Kukai
 

 

 



Announcing March / April 2010 "spring rain"  Kukai

The March / April 2010  Kukai theme is "spring rain". Use the exact words "spring rain"  in the haiku. No more than a total of three haiku may be submitted. Haiku submitted to the kukai should not be workshopped, appear on-line in forums, or in print.

Haiku

Author, Country

To: kukaieditor@poetrywriting.org
Subject: "
spring rain" kukai

Submissions: Monday, March 01, 2010 – Saturday, April 17, 2010 Midnight.

Voting: Sunday, April 18 - Sunday April 25, 2010, Midnight.

The results will be published in the Friday, April 30, 2010 Sketchbook.

Letters to the Sketchbook editors and discussions on various forums indicate that some assumptions about a kukai must be spelled out. From now on (April 1, 2008), Haiku entered in the Sketchbook kukai must be previously unpublished; they must not be workshopped; they must not appear on any list, forum, group, blog, or in print. In short, if the haiku has appeared on the internet or in print we consider it to have been published. The voting in a kukai is anonymous and publication anywhere voids anonyminity. Any haiku found to be previously published will be disqualified.

A kukai is a peered review poetry contest. A haiku Topic is assigned by the editor. An 'anonymized' list of submitted haiku is then distributed to all participating poets and they are invited to vote. Votes are returned to the editor who tallies the votes and publishes the haiku for the participants, this time with names and points revealed.
 

 


The following twenty-five haiku poets participated in the Kukai:

Willie Bongcaron, PH; Loren Brockway, NL; Ralf Bröker, DE; Bouwe Brouwer, NL; John Daleiden, US; Tatjana Debeljacki, SR; Andrzej Dembończyk, PL; John McDonald, UK (Scotland); Bernard Gieske, US; Michele Harvey US; Cara Holman, US; Krzysztof Kokot, PL; Catherine J.S. Lee, US; Ramona Linke, DE; Jacek Margolak, PL; Dejan Pavlinovic, CR; Zhanna P. Rader, US; Keith A. Simmonds, TT; Heike Stehr, DE; Brian Strand, UK (England); Elaine Whitman, US; Neal Whitman, US; Rafal Zabartyniski, PL; Leon Zeldis, IL

Poets from the following nine countries contributed to the Kukai:

Croatia, Germany, Netherlands, Philippines, Poland, Serbia, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom (England, Scotland), United States
 

 

1st Place

spring rain
clattering of chairs
from the pavement cafe

# 44. John Mc Donald, UK (Scotland)

 
0 3 6 12 1st Place

 

2nd Place

spring rain
paint flakes
from the gnome

# 18. Bouwe Brouwer, NL

3 0 2 11 2nd Place

 

3rd Place

spring rain—
one after the other
dandelions

# 61. John Daleiden, US

0 2 4 8 3rd Place

 

4th Place

Spring rain
falls on my son's grave—
the crocuses closed.

# 17. Zhanna P. Rader, US

0 2 2 6 4th Place Tie

 

spring rain—
nestled between oak roots
a new mushroom

# 49. Elaine Whitman, US

1 0 3 6 4th Place Tie

 

5th Place

spring rain
the peepers
change their pitch

# 04. Michele Harvey, US

0 0 5 5 5th Place Tie

 

spring rain—
an earthworm
shortens and spreads

# 53. Jacek Margolak, PL

1 1 0 5 5th Place Tie

 

the metallic tang
of fresh-turned earth
spring rain

# 54. Catherine J. S. Lee, US

1 1 0 5 5th Place Tie

 

I watch the spring rain
reviving my garden—
a mockingbird's song...

# 56. Zhanna P. Rader, US

1 1 0 5 5th Place Tie

 

6th Place

blackbird's beak
dripping
spring rain

# 24. John Mc Donald, UK (Scotland)

0 1 2 4 6th Place Tie

 

spring rain
my son's excuse
to comb his hair

# 25. Bernard Gieske, US

0 2 0 4 6th Place Tie

 

7th Place

laughing eyes
in spring rain
her dress slides down

# 01. Heike Stehr, DE

0

1

1

3

7th Place Tie

 

spring raindrops
the peacock
unfolds its fan

# 03. Bernard Gieske, US

0

1

1

3

7th Place Tie

 

spring rain—
a man kisses a woman
under the viaduct

# 21. Andrzej Dembończyk, PL

0 1 1 3 7th Place Tie

 

with your eyes closed
imagine the desert blooms—
spring rains arrive

# 43. John Daleiden, US

0 1 1 3 7th Place Tie

 

picnic at the park
after the spring rain
hopscotching puddles

# 45. Bernard Gieske, US

0 1 1 3 7th Place Tie

 

spring rain
the wet street reflects
flashing amber lights

# 64. Rafal Zabratynski, PL

1 0 0 3 7th Place Tie

 

8th Place

a rainbow
across the lush hills—
spring rain

# 08. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

0 1 0 2 8th Place Tie  

 

spring rain—
vivid colours of flowers
on the old umbrella

# 19. Krzysztof Kokot, PL

0 1 0 2 8th Place Tie

 

verdant mountain tops
reaching for the morning sun...
the glow of spring rain

# 28. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

0 0 2 2 8th Place Tie

 

spring rain
out of the plush moon drips
a lullaby

# 31. Ramona Linke, DE

0 0 2 2 8th Place Tie

 

spring rain
the baby's name
never used

# 46. Michele Harvey, US

0 1 0 2 8th Place Tie

 

spring rain
a profusion of umbrellas
spring up

# 52. Cara Holman, US

0 0 2 2 8th Place Tie

 

fleeing
before the sun
spring rain

# 63. Dejan Pavlinovic, CR

0 1 0 2 8th Place Tie

 

9th Place

Spring
raindrops freezing
again

# 10. Ralf Bröker, DE

0 0 1 1 9th Place Tie

 

wet glass tears
upon the window pane
spring rains return

# 13. Cara Holman, US

0 0 1 1 9th Place Tie

 

spring rain
in my window box
the rainbow of primroses

# 14. Jacek Margolak, PL

0 0 1 1 9th Place Tie

 

spring rain
through the half-leaved apple
roosting robins

# 15. Catherine J. S. Lee, US

0 0 1 1 9th Place Tie

 

Spring rain has arrived
And the birds are flying north
My heart is still cold

# 22. Leon Zeldis, IL

0 0 1 1 9th Place Tie

 

spring rain at dawn
I hear a silent anthem
through the maple grove

# 32. Neal Whitman, US

0 0 1 1 9th Place Tie

 

Spring rain
curls up a little girl's hair—
her cheerful singing...

# 37. Zhanna P. Rader, US

0 0 1 1 9th Place Tie

 

spring rain
the snowman bows
it’s head

# 38. Bouwe Brouwer, NL

0 0 1 1 9th Place Tie

 

spring rain...
myriad mushrooms
rising everywhere

# 48. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

0 0 1 1 9th Place Tie

 

spring rain
the call draws a signal
to some sleeping seeds

# 55. Willie R. Bongcaron, PH

0 0 1 1 9th Place Tie

 

spring rain
fresh patches
of shredded wood

# 57. Bouwe Brouwer, NL

0 0 1 1 9th Place Tie

 

10th Place

young lovers kiss
in spring rain—
buds swelling

# 02.

0 0 0 0 10th Place Tie

 

Rainy autumn
on the window pane
wind is whirring

# 05.

0 0 0 0 10th Place Tie

 

spring rain, stop and go
spoiled all the winter flowers
covered our new beds

# 06. Loren Brockway, NL

0 0 0 0 10th Place Tie

 

spring rain today
how green my memories—
ah I live again

# 07.

0 0 0 0 10th Place Tie

 

first cup
by firelight
spring rain rain rain

# 09.

0 0 0 0 10th Place Tie

 

spring's night rain
barefoot
at the seam of light

# 11. Ramona Linke, DE
 

0 0 0 0 10th Place Tie

 

duskfall
the sound of spring rain…
or quaking aspens?

# 12. Neal Whitman, US
 

0 0 0 0 10th Place Tie

 

spring rain
will it ever kiss
my greenhouse?

# 16. Willie R. Bongcaron, PH
 

0 0 0 0 10th Place Tie

 

spring rain
in my window box
the rainbow of primroses

# 20.

0 0 0 0 10th Place Tie

 

in the first spring rain
street children dance with glee—
earthquake dust

# 23. John Daleiden, US

0 0 0 0 10th Place Tie

 

just where
the tire swing was
spring rain

# 26.

0 0 0 0 10th Place Tie

 

spring rain
down the rocky ground
I'm riding a white horse

# 27.

 

spring rain
daffodils bow in the garden
each neck stretched long

# 29.

0 0 0 0 10th Place Tie

 

Sunday in april
the old umbrella—
where is it?

# 30.

0 0 0 0 10th Place Tie

 

peonies bow to earth
top-heavy
from spring rain

# 33.

0 0 0 0 10th Place Tie

 

the spring rain
through the open window
a swallow's twitter

# 34.

0 0 0 0 10th Place Tie

 

spring rain
beads the blue hyacinths . . .
your last letter

# 35.

0 0 0 0 10th Place Tie

 

spring rain
the high-pitched screech
of a Barred Owl

# 36.

0 0 0 0 10th Place Tie

 

spring rain—
filled up with water
tracks on the path

# 39.

0 0 0 0 10th Place Tie

 

the spring rain
through the open window
a swallow's twitter

# 40.

0 0 0 0 10th Place Tie

 

after the spring rain—
appear on the grass
first earthworm

# 41.

0 0 0 0 10th Place Tie

 

The snow on my Head

Will not melt with the spring rain
Sadness washes off

# 42.

0 0 0 0 10th Place Tie

 

I am treading mud
under a linden in the rain—
tempest of love

# 47.

0 0 0 0 10th Place Tie

 

early spring rain
gentle on my shaker roof
still time to hunker

# 51.

0 0 0 0 10th Place Tie

 

under the wet dress
girlish breasts

# 58.

0 0 0 0 10th Place Tie

 

This is singing time
Dance with joy in the spring rain
Minstrel, cry no more

# 60.

0 0 0 0 10th Place Tie

 

salvage yard
a rusty pickup catches
spring rain

# 62.

0 0 0 0 10th Place Tie

 

 


Hello Haiku Poet,

 

Voting: Sunday, April 18, 2010 - Sunday, April 25, 2010, Midnight.

The results will be published in the Friday, April 30, 2010 Sketchbook.


1. All the entries are listed on the ballot by number.
2. Only submitting Kukai Poets are eligible to vote.
3. Email your votes to: kukaieditor@poetrywriting.org When voting, please use the words “spring rain” Kukai in the subject line of your e-mail.
4. Each poet has SIX (6) points to use for the kukai vote. Voters may distribute the points in increments of 1, 2, or 3. You may not cast more than 3 points for any single poem.
5. Please do not vote for your own poem(s). Any such votes will be disqualified.
6. Please use the following format to submit your votes (listing by numerical order, rather than order of preference, as the sample below):

To: kukaieditor@poetrywriting.org
Subject: “spring rain” Kukai Vote

Each voter has 6 points:

# 03 = 1 pt.
# 11 = 2 pts.
# 28 = 3 pts.

7. All votes will be compiled and the haiku will then be published in the Friday, April 30, 2010, 2010 Sketchbook to be released with votes received; on the names of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, etc. place poets' names will be revealed. Haiku receiving 0 votes will be published without names. If you want your name revealed regardless of the number of votes received please notify the kukaieditor@poetrywriting.org with the submission of your votes.

The votes will appear as per the following sample:

0 2 7 11 = ____ Place

Which means: No voter gave 3 points, 2 voters gave 2 points, 7 voters gave 1 point = for a total of 11 points.

CALL FOR Sketchbook Mar/April “spring rain” Kukai vote:
Voting: Sunday, April 18, 2010 - Sunday, April 25, 2010, Midnight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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