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February 11, 2008

THN announces 2007 Readers’ Choice Awards

Filed under: haijin-haikai news,Haiku or Senryu — David Giacalone @ 11:13 am

The Heron’s Nest Readers’ Choice Awards for 2007 were announced last night (illustration by Doris Thurston). Congratulations to skipping stones editor Chad Lee Robinson, who was the Grand Prize winner in both categories — Poem of the Year and Poet of the Year. (This will perhaps be a year for handing the torch to a new generation in both poetics and politics: Chad was born in Pierre, SD, in 1980.) This is the favorite poem from Volume IX of The Heron’s Nest:

buffalo bones
wind less than a whisper
in the summer grass

……………………….. by Chad Lee Robinson,
The Heron’s Nest, Reader’s Choice Poem of the Year 2007

This year, eighty-eight “readers” took the time to muse over and evaluate the 485 poems that (after review by “five critical editors”) appeared in The Heron’s Nest in 2007. As often happens (see our “such naches” posting this time last year), members of our f/k/a Honored Guest Poet family were prominently represented among the winning Readers’ Choice poems and poets. To wit:

Favorite Poems

First Runner-up:

circle of lamplight —
I complete the baby quilt
begun for me

…………………. Carolyn Hall

Second Runner-up:

between windows
the space the spider
lived and died
………………… Tom Clausen

Poet of the Year:

First Runner-up

……………. John Stevenson

Second Runner-up

……………… Carolyn Hall

Third Runner-up

……………….. Yu Chang

The Heron’s Nest Vol. IX (due April 2008) [cover detail, Jamie Edgecombe]
As The Heron’s Nest‘s founding editor Christopher Herold reminds us:

Full coverage of the awards, including an overview, editorial commentary,
thirty additional poems that merit inclusion in the “special mention”
section, and comments by several voters will all be presented along with
the four quarterly issues in their entirety in the paper edition of
Volume IX, due to come out early in April.

The cost to purchase a copy of Volume IX is $16 in the United States,
u.s.$18 in Canada or Mexico, and u.s.$20 elsewhere. Please make checks
or money orders payable in U.S. funds to The Heron’s Nest or
Christopher Herold and send to:

The Heron’s Nest
Christopher Herold, Ed.
816 Taft Street
Port Townsend, WA 98368

Click here to see the winning illustrations that will be included in the paper edition of THN IX.

No poet can have more than 8 poems accepted for publication in THN in any year. Only John Stevenson (who is has now taken over as Managing Editor at THN and will no longer by gracing its pages with his poetry) and Yu Chang had 8 poems in THN Volume IX. Carolyn Hall had six. You’ve already seen them here at f/k/a, but here is a reprise of a pair of haiku from each of our aptly-named Honored Guests:

Mother’s Day
filling the bare spots
with nasturtiums

scudding clouds —
the creak of wagon wheels
through Grandfather’s journal

…………………………………………………….. by Carolyn Hall
“deep autumn” – The Heron’s Nest, Vol. IX:2 (June 2007:)
“scudding clouds —” – The Heron’s Nest Vol. IX: 3 (September 2007).

lucky bamboo
a single leaf
tipped with sun

longer days
a nameless bug
on my bicycle

………………. by Yu ChangThe Heron’s Nest, Vol. IX:2 (June 2007)

spring morning —
the hand of a student who
may know the answer

the rooster’s
first five syllables . . .
all he’s got

.… by John StevensonThe Heron’s Nest, Vol. IX:2 (June 2007)

1 Comment

  1. I’d just like to use this comment box to say I love your blog, its very entertaining, informative and your enthusiasm for haikus put me in a new perspective. I found your past comments on the profession of a lawyer very interesting because noone has really discussed to me about the difficulties,responsibilities and realities of it. I admit, I miss your political/legal commentry… but no matter what I’ll always read your blog daily and be a big fan.
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    Comment by Debbie — February 12, 2008 @ 9:14 am

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