First of all, let me just say that running this scifaiku poetry contest was a lot of fun. I enjoyed reading all of your entries. In fact, I liked them so much that I picked out a winning entry … and then second place … third place … and an honorable mention. I felt bad that I only had one prize to offer. I discussed the situation with my son tonight – the 11-year-old instigator of the contest – and he said he wanted to donate the $5 Target gift card that he got during a holiday gift exchange at school for use as a prize. Inspired by his generosity, I’m adding another prize of a $15 iTunes gift card.
So, without further ado, here are the winners:
(winner of a one-year subscription to Poets & Writers magazine)
the aliens’ grasp
of haiku’s basic concept:
seventeen small farts
— F.J. Bergmann
My thoughts: What can I say? Every time I read this poem out loud, I laugh. I love the contrast of the perfectly staid 5-7-5 syllable count against the bizarre imagery of the poem.
(winner of a $15 iTunes gift card)
my little shoppers
— N.E. Taylor
My thoughts: I read this poem after a long day of Christmas shopping, a day when I longed for some elfbots of my own. Brief, concise, and compelling, this poem is classic scifaiku – the type of poem that stays with you long after you read it.
(winner of a $5 Target gift card)
in soldered skulls
— N Sloboda
My thoughts: This poem has a deeply haunting quality, a sort of scifaiku – horrorku hybrid. Try as I might, the imagery of this poem would not leave my mind.