Alibi V.22 No.49 • Dec 5-11, 2013 

Feature: Contest Winners

2013 Haiku Contest Winners

We gave you a month, Albuquerque, and you gave us the world broken into finely honed syllabic orders of expression. Egad! Hundreds of entries poured in for Alibi’s 21st annual Haiku Contest. To claim that choosing the best nine haiku from among so very many clever, snarky, wise and emotive possibilities was difficult would be an understatement of the most scurrilous variety. Suffice it to say that we loved many more than we could give prizes to—but we do invite you, our discerning readers, to examine the full roster of participants, and tell us why we chose rightly or wrongly.

A million and six thanks to this year’s sponsors, whose local goodies are sure to warm the cockles of our winners’ hearts: The Grove Cafe & Market (600 Central SE, 248-9800), Downtown Books (109 Eighth Street SW, 243-4492), The Guild Cinema (3405 Central NE, 255-1848), Bookworks (4022 Rio Grande NW, 344-8139) and The Chocolate Dude (3339 Central NE, 639-5502). Winners in each category can pick up their prize packs at the Alibi offices at 413 Central NW from 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday.

Grand prize winners

Serious winner:

Cowgirl Apocalypse Haiku #83
Hummingbird weaves through
lemons and bees, stitching fresh
blooms into nectar.
–Denise Claeys

Funny winner:

I was 20 and
shrooming in Jemez before
I believed in gnomes
–albuquerque turkey

Animal crackers: critters


Big, crumpled spider
Sad, you float in the toilet.
I just peed on you.
–Gwen Miller

Honorable Mentions:

I went to the zoo,
Saw two fucking kangaroos,
Then wrote a haikoo.
–Kevin WetSpot

howling at the moon
coyote professed his love
again and again
–Todd Eddy

Basho in the hizzouse: traditional


Never wrote haiku
But I assume it's like an
–Dusty McGowan

Honorable Mentions:

woman is a ship
either built in a bottle
or put out to sea
–Emily Parker

The moon sneezes, the
villagers flee in terror,
typhoon is singing.
–Richard Wolfson

Blue Sky: Breaking Bad


Make bucks cooking meth.
Does teaching pay like it should?
Apparently not.
–Ray Nance

Honorable Mentions:

Keep driving Jesse.
Sociopathic shitstorm
behind you. Onward.
–Soni Buda

Gimme' a teener,
but all I have is twenty,
Breaking Bad again
–Callan D. Moore

Get enchanted: local


Rattlesnake Cupcake.
Chimichanga Mongoloid.
Kachina Machine.
–Kevin WetSpot

Honorable Mentions:

News raptures again
Like so many zombies sing
Storms Ronchetti brings
–Shelley Barratt

Tarantulas and
Heroin—what more to want?
Enchantment, ahoy!
–Scarlett Owen

The personal is poetical: politics


Would Feng Shui my home.
So poor, I can only afford
government chi.
–Zachary Kluckman

Honorable Mentions:

sex on the bosque
you have your anal campaign
mayor, i have mine
–Mike L

Fuck your idea
Go back to Kansas. With love,
A true Burquena
–Zoe Northcutt

The way of all flesh: erotic


before a mirror
running a brush through wet hair
her robe slides open
–Todd Eddy

Honorable Mentions:

The erotic sense of breath
that comes before mouth
–Gabe Montoya

Trees bare and straining
against tense white sky your tan
line not yet faded.
–Amaris Ketcham

This is not a haiku: surreal


I once hugged the Fonz
and smelled like his man perfume
hours thereafter
–Jessica Mills

Honorable Mentions:

I am no witch yet
I have memorized a few
Lines from the future.
–Laura Weisberg

The worst word ever,
especially from a child:
–Chris Chapin