filling in the blank spaces
of her memory
4th place tie, Caribbean kigo kukai
A kukai is a peer-reviewed contest, where participants submit haiku using a shared kigo or season word (in this case, “calendar”) for anonymous judging. I’ve submitted haiku to two other kukai contests during the past few months, but this is the first time I’ve entered Gillena Cox’s Caribbean Kigo Kukai. It’s not only fun to test your response to a haiku prompt but the contests allow you to read a range of work from people writing haiku in all parts of the world. Gillena, for example, posts haiku on her blog Lunch Break from her St. James home in Trinidad and Tobago. It’s fascinating to see the differences and similarities that occur when kukai participants put pen to paper on a shared subject. And kukai is a great way to connect with and receive feedback from other haiku enthusiasts.
Thank you, Gillena, for taking the time and effort to host your Caribbean kukai. I’m honored to be a part of your world!