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Hexapod Haiku 2017 – runners-up (poet over 13)

We saw parallels between the worlds of model organisms (e.g., Drosophila melanogaster) and model graduate students: untold millions of flies sacrifice their lives daily to provide data, while untold thousands of students sacrifice their (social) lives to interpret and disseminate those data. In this scene the student becomes the studied… the researcher, the researched. We wonder how people can get rid of flies using such cruel methods. Congratulations to Martha Love, one of our first repeat winners (2010), for writing such a delightful, thought-provoking poem.

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Hexapod Haiku 2018 – best in show (poet over 13)

Slowly falling down, Insecticides stole my prime. Death by lack of breath. Brian Wood Edmond, OK Judges’ Comments: The poem paints a heartbreaking portrait of physical suffering and premature death, serving, perhaps, as a modern Silent Spring. We see dual, overlapping protagonists — one human, one hexapodous — each suffering at the hands of some unnamed chemical, until, inevitably, they are each robbed of their vitality. The irony is that toxins intended to promote human health, e.g., by extirpating insect…

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Hexapod Haiku 2011 – honorable mention, poets under 13

I’ve been slow to announce the honorable mention entries from this year’s Hexapod Haiku Challenge, mainly because we had a fairly large number of high quality poems. Here are five honorable mentions (in no particular order) from poets under the age of 13 that resonated with the judges: Dragonfly are big time fly’s They can fly through the night skytime all through the night time Brecannna Berrios Baltimore, MD Judges’ comments: We liked the iterations of «fly» and «night,» which…

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Ticks on a plane

Yesterday, I flew the exhausting, bone-stiffening 10 hour flight from North Carolina to London, England. I’m here to visit the beautiful Natural History Museum to image type specimens of Evaniidae for my graduate work. I was expecting the only trouble I might have was getting through security at the airport with the imaging system I am carrying (there was no trouble!), but sometimes you just can’t plan ahead for certain… peculiar… events while traveling. I was sitting on the plane…

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Hexapod Haiku 2011 – honorable mention, poets over 13

wind in the grasses one foxtail steadied by a damselfly Graham High Blackheath, London, UK Judges’ comments: This entry was one of the best of those entries that adhered to the spirit of true haiku – i.e., a singular, thought-provoking, nature-based image. The sparse words paint a clear, beautiful picture. This entry was really wonderful to read. at rest on the hospice wall a mayfly Charles Trumbull Santa Fe, NM Judges’ comments: Short-lived as adults, it makes sense that a…

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