The Alibi’s annual Haiku Contest winners
In Japan, haiku are traditionally short poems focused on the natural world and our place in it. This being America, we like to take tradition, dip it in batter, fry it up and serve it on a stick.
This year, haiku entries of all flavors came pouring in from middle and high schoolers, inmates and apostrophe abusers. It was difficult to narrow down the nearly 3,000 haiku we received, but our commitment to art demanded nothing less. Our favorites in each category will receive a $20 gift certificate from Gold Street Caffè, a gift certificate for $15 to Yoga Now, a $10 cert from Pin It Up Hair Studio, $10 worth of pie from Pizza 9, two movie passes to Guild Cinema and an authentic (and classy) Alibi bottle opener key chain! Winners can pick up their loot at our headquarters (413 Central SE) Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to make other arrangements. We do not deliver.
Thanks to our judges Jessica Cassyle Carr, Marisa Demarco, Adam Fox, Molly Lindsay, Laura Marrich, John Millington and Ilene Style for their discerning tastes. And a very sincere thanks to all of the entrants. Having to read thousands of fun, weird and moving poems ain't a bad gig.
Best Traditional Haikusunflowers openlike verbs, hummingbird hangs, afeathered green comma—Danny Solis
Best Haiku About the Undeadon Easter Sundaymy five year old child exclaimed"Jesus! A zombie!"—Todd Eddy
Best Haiku About the RecessionI have no teacherFor AP Economy,APS is broke.—Beth Wright
Best Haiku That's Also a JingleI love my iPhoneI can sit on the toiletAnd let loose a tweet.—Joe Black
Best Haiku About Michael JacksonMore than his musicMichael was the first Black manTo walk on the moon—Hakim Bellamy
Best Haiku About SopaipillasNew Mexico mealsend when we lick the honeyoff our fingertips.—Ann McGinley
Best Nursery Rhyme HaikuOld Mother HubbardLiving in the South ValleyMakes bomb burritos.—Charles Gravina
Best Haiku About DirtDetroit roach ice cubes.Brooklyn chicken bone sidewalks.Burque dirt on toast.—Emily Severance
Best Haiku About CryptidsAch, Wild Haggis.Ahv no' sen the wee beastie,bit ye smell 'im 'round![translation from the Scottish:Ah, Wild Haggis.I've never seen the creature,yet its fragrance looms.]—Jordan Ganz
Best Miscellaneous HaikuThat man standing there,He has a lot of keys. Must be the janitor.—Brandon Chapman