The Alibi's 15th Annual Haiku Contest
By Steven Robert Allen
Our first haiku contest occurred in the autumn of 1992. The paper was called NuCity back then. In those days, I'm told, our little weekly was handwritten on papyrus scrolls and distributed around town by donkey. It seems so long ago. Years passed and ...
like a seed planted
... until eventually it became the towering, fruit-bearing tree it is today. I've been judging the contest since 1999, and I've got to say it's my favorite of all our many annual events. People adore this contest. We get entries from all over the world, and we get more and more of them every year.
This year, I felt like I was drowning in a seismic wave of haiku. I paddled for days and never seemed to reach the end of it. Eventually, I did make it through, of course, and I think you'll be amazed by this year's selections.
Thanks to everyone who entered, especially all the students who participated. As always, some of the very best entries came from kids who you'd think would be too young to even know what haiku is.
I'm also indebted to the folks who helped me judge this monster: Amy Dalness, Marisa Demarco, Laura Marrich, Christie Chisholm and Devin D. O'Leary.
Last, but far from least, I'd like to thank our sponsors: Sushi Gen (5210 San Mateo NE, #B, 830-0131) and Guild Cinema (3405 Central NE, 255-1848). Winners in each category will receive a $20 gift certificate to Sushi Gen, two free passes to the Guild and a highly prized, hand-tooled, red plastic Alibi bottle opener. Congratulations to you all.
All right. Enough babbling. On to the haiku.
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