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February Shiki Kukai entry
In an earlier post, I mentioned that I like to try my hand at submitting haiku to peer-reviewed contests called kukai, where participants write haiku (using a shared kigo or season word) that is judged anonymously. One of the most popular–and largest–is Haiku World’s Shiki Kukai, which typically has more than 120 haijin trying to come up with unique and thought-provoking haiku based on a predetermined kigo. As you might imagine, it’s difficult to narrow the field to three winners when faced with such a great assortment of poems, but being a winner (while nice) isn’t the primary reason for entering a kukai; mainly, it’s about honing your skills . . . and being able to read so many different and amazing contributions at once from such a great pool of poets. It’s always fun to see what other people come up with when faced with the same word/words you have to work with for inspiration.
February’s kigo in the Shiki Kukai was “spring fever,” and there were some amazing entries in this month’s contest. My haiku comes from my enthusiasm for gardening, and I was sure it was oh so original! Someone else (specifically, the second place winner) was on the same wavelength, however. Oh well, I’ll try again next month. You could too!