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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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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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