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THE 2011 HAIKU YEAR-IN-REVIEW

THANKS FOR VOTING

To celebrate, examine, and honor the coming of 2012, we invited you to send us your haiku based on events in 2011.

We wanted to examine 2011 in the spirit of the Carrier's Address, an early-American newspaper tradition (see more info).

Now, YOU get to decide which poems will be published on January 4, 2012.

Below are the finalist poems for our Haiku Year-in-Review Contest and the visual art created for each season.

VOTING CLOSED. See the results below AND and get the pdf here.

Winter . Spring . Summer . Fall
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WINTER: On the earthquake and tsunami in Japan

POEMS

1. WINNER

How tall was the wave
that came to the door and knocked
a hole in the sun?

2.

Her thin voice rising
Frail amidst dust and rubble
A kite string released

3.

Kanji for harbor,
wave—tsu/nami. Inked brush strokes
on funeral scrolls

ART


by Kara Searcy
Sharpie on watercolor paper

 

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Polls are closed. Above is an image of how they stood when we closed them on the evening of 12/22/11.

Winter . Spring . Summer . Fall
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SPRING: On the French ban on the burqa and niqab

POEMS

1.

Men decide my fate
But behind these eyes I know
Who's covering whom

2.: To Be Seen

No cloth, they said,
for you might see anew your own
bareness without it

3. WINNER

You can be woman.
Or you can be a Muslim.
You cannot be both.

ART


by Caleb Brown
Ink on manilla paper with digital color, 9" x 12"

 

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Polls are closed. Above is an image of how they stood when we closed them on the evening of 12/22/11.

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SUMMER: On the wildfires in Texas.

POEMS

1. WINNER

The earth speaks in tongues,
translates redbed to black ash:
Pentecostal fires.

2.

Perry prays for rain
instead of fighting the fires
Bastrop Texas burns

3.

Ice cream van crackles
It's a Small World past my house;
the horizon burns

ART


by Jennifer Moses
Big Sky Wild Fire, Pencil and Gouache on Hobby Lobby Paper, 7" x 7" 2011

 

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Polls are closed. Above is an image of how they stood when we closed them on the evening of 12/22/11.

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FALL: On the Occupy Wall Street Protests

POEMS

1. WINNER

We may not know what
we want, but when is easy
to say. Yesterday.

2.

The arch builds the architect
An old man runs this street, still he feels
The change is marveling at itself.

3.

do not occupy the thicket
the flock has come
to devour the crops

ART


by Kevin Morrow

 

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Polls are closed. Above is an image of how they stood when we closed them on the evening of 12/22/11.

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