vineri, 20 martie 2015

2015 Results

 


At the

Fourth Edition of The Haiku Contest
SHARPENING THE GREEN PENCIL 2015

organized by Romanian Kukai Group have participated

286 participants from 6 continents and 40 countries.
as follows:

AFRICA:
Tunisia (1);

ASIA:
India (13), Indonesia (1), Iran (1), Israel (2), Japan (1), Philippines (5), Yemen (1);

AUSTRALIA:
Australia (15), New Zealand (11);

EUROPE:
Austria (1), Belarus (1), Belgium (1), Bosnia and Herzegovina (4), Bulgaria (21), Croatia (30), Denmark (1), France (4), Germany (19), Hungary (1), Italy (4), Lithuania (7), Macedonia (1), Montenegro (3), Netherlands (2), Poland (18), Portugal (2), Romania (31), Russia (4), Serbia (14), Slovenia (4), Spain (5), Switzerland (2), Ukraine (2), United Kingdom (5);

NORTH AMERICA:
Canada (6), United States of America (38);

SOUTH AMERICA:
Argentia (2), Brazil (1), Colombia (1).


The organizers would like to express their gratitude to the participants for such a large interest
and invite everyone to participate in the fourth edition,
which will start in February 2016.


Corneliu Traian ATANASIU, President of the Jury
Cezar Florin CIOBÎCĂ, Member of the Jury
Dan DOMAN, Member of the Jury
Eduard ŢARĂ, Secretary

Congratulations to the winners and commended haiku poets.




WINNERS



First Prize



quiet rain...
a robin slips through
my chemo fog

Roberta BEARY
Bethesda, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

The first part of the poem – quiet rain – sets up the atmosphere of an almost resigned sadness. Only in the final words we learn that both the rain and the silence have a pendant in the dizziness caused both by the illness and by the treatment. And we are not sure anymore if the fog is associated to the rain or to the chemotherapy. Or maybe it links these two together, making them as one.

          And yet, sliding imperceptibly, a bird sneaks through this adverse matter, bringing news, a memory, a sparkle of life and of hope? Could it be a sign of relief, a farewell, a reconciliation?

comment by Corneliu Traian ATANASIU
translation by Liliana NEGOI





Second Prize



whisper of spring –
snowdrops besieging
a cartridge case

Petru-Ioan GÂRDA
Cluj-Napoca, ROMANIA

The obvious contrast between the spontaneous vernal burst of snowdrops and the cartridge, remnant of some bellicose intentions, is enough to trigger the appetite for parable of the reader. Could snowdrops be a squadron of restoring or maintaining the peace? Have they isolated the cartridge case in order to secure the place from contamination? Or maybe they invaded it with playful intentions, inviting it at some ingenuous game?

          The poem, as it befits a haiku, doesn’t decide upon this thing, but the whisper of spring, tempts our thought with the peace and quiet of the forest. The apparition of snowdrops is just an innocent reproof against hunters.


comment by Corneliu Traian Atanasiu
translation by Liliana NEGOI





Third Prize



stargazing...
the warmth of the sun
still in her hair

Chase GAGNON
Detroit, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

          Two images that can be paired in different combinations. We can think about a couple who, after spending a long time under the summer sun, enjoys also the appearance of stars. We can shift the events, the stars being watched during another season, and the sun’s warmth being only a reflex of her golden hair, just like the glow of sun during summer. It is possible also that only he is watching the stars, and the sun’s warmth, still caught in her hair, could be just a memory risen right there from the darkness in which she vanished long ago.

          However, in both situations the chillness of the stars finds a counterweight in the warmth of the sun. Or maybe just the hair, thus become an eternal substitute of the sun?

comment by Corneliu Traian ATANASIU
translation by Liliana NEGOI




COMMENDATIONS


bent tree...
the last apple plunging into
the fountain's abyss


Gabriel ALEXE
Botoşani, ROMANIA




all the shadows
join together at evening –
I stay alone


Francesco DE SABATA
Pescantina, ITALY


spiderlings
hitch a ride on thistledown –
new beginnings


Marilyn HUMBERT
Sydney, AUSTRALIA




The first day of school –
her legs waving on a bench
far from the floor


Nina KOVAČIĆ
Zagreb, CROATIA


war
soldiers on both sides of
grass


Andrius LUNECKAS
Vilnius, LITHUANIA




scorching heat
dragonfly's eyes reflect
dry pebbles


Boris NAZANSKY
Zagreb, CROATIA


mist rising –
the castle ruins
reconstituted


Minh-Triêt PHAM
Paris, FRANCE




trench lines
in the bramble
a soldier's sigh


Shloka SHANKAR
Bangalore, INDIA


out to pasture
only the wind upon
her bent back


Debbie STRANGE
Winnipeg, CANADA




how harmlessly
they rustle in the breeze,
the poppy capsules


Božena ZERNEC
Krapina, CROATIA


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