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Judging Haiku Spring Explosion

Blog Posted:4/4/2019 12:24:00 PM

It  has been brought to my attention some question as to how Spring Explosion was judged; because I did not specify strict haiku rules, I tried to balance form with the "explosion" feeling I was looking for.  If I was judging strictly haiku form, the winners list would have been undoubtably different. My apologies.

That said, thank you to everyone who entered, and congratulations to the winners.


I will not host another Haiku Contest until I am sure I can judge it properly.

Again, my apologies. I am still learning as a poet, and as a contest host.

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Date: 4/5/2019 4:17:00 AM
I have never held a contest so I do not know what is involved, but I imagine there is a lot of work done behind the scenes. Yes ,there will be winners and losers as not everyone can place and if people can't handle that then don't enter the contest, simple. Tom
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Date: 4/4/2019 8:03:00 PM
Maureen, Thank you for sponsoring contests! Unless it is specified in the contest, the correct form, etc you can judge the way you want to! People need to be able to lose graciously and not question a person's judging! I can't believe you were questioned about it!! I hope you still feel that you can run another haiku contest!
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Date: 4/4/2019 6:26:00 PM
who do i have to donate the winning cup to? haiku as far as i'm concerned means i need to limit to 5/7/5 or less but since i tend to wordiness, i go for that as my max, no caps, & imagery without too many adjectives; a juxtapose somewhere that should give an implied mood or feeling. I felt my write was weak on that particular point but I was all into your exploding theme with the California wild poppies just burning flames in my eye sockets a few days before I saw your contest prompt so I couldn't resist though the form isn't a fave. I think you're one of the better judges here but I may be biased! Our state flower is orange and my choice had nothing to do with your hair color, I swear!! :)
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taai tekai
Date: 4/6/2019 1:07:00 PM
yes, the jux moment in nature is most essential, but the whole point of form is to be able to do that within the assigned dimensions and unless specified, I will tend to the traditional models myself. ( knowing full well that much is lost to translation) It matters how one gets someplace. Too much is desecrated by those who don't consider the means to the end. But it's only poetry and not reality so one can play about..but then there's free verse for the formless :)
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craig cornish
Date: 4/6/2019 10:53:00 AM
Good points Dear taai yet you also need not (since a restrictive box is what you allude) restrict yourself line by line for creative purposes. Why not, in addition to less than 17, be able to play with the 17...5/5/7 or 6/6/5 etc. The important things are the Jux, the Aha and being "in the moment"---it matters far less how you get there. Hugs
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taai tekai
Date: 4/5/2019 6:54:00 PM
don't worry Craig, I took no offence..I understood what you were saying but haiku is hard enough, for me, with max count and too many times, people think they can do better trimming words coz it's the latest fad and you end up with head-scratching brevity that's like someone writing 'once upon a time' then leaving it up to the reader to complete the rest as if they cannot make up their own minds! Evolution is all very well but a lot of growing can occur with no improvement! Big oafs come to mind lol and extra-large lists of 10 ill-formed haiku taking up the viewing screen all at once!
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craig cornish
Date: 4/5/2019 9:08:00 AM
I, in no way was insinuating the winners of the contest were not deserving, someone must have, however, to cause Maureen to post this blog. Also, in no way implying that 5-7-5 is the "wrong" way to write a Haiku - but am saying that it is not the only way because things change, things grow, things improve if we carefully analyze the why of the evolution without tossing the values of the usual.
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Maureen McGreavy
Date: 4/4/2019 7:03:00 PM
Lol! No, the top three were my favourites from first read, they went straight to winners round ;) Maybe I was biased loving poppies and orange...
Date: 4/4/2019 5:48:00 PM
Maureen, I am no expert , but it is hard to change a habit that I am comfortable with. So not unless a sponsor states any different for them to judge, I will stay with the 5-7-5 and strictly nature. What I read they were all wonderful poems.. Congratulations to all the winners. Hugs Eve ~`*
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Date: 4/4/2019 3:55:00 PM
I had supposed you wanted 5/7/5 since so many sponsors want them that way, even though the 5/7/5 is not considered acceptable by many modern haiku societies today. Congrats to your winners, Maureen. I am sure you judged as best as you could, going by which ones touched you the most.
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Date: 4/4/2019 12:43:00 PM
Ironically Maureen there is no "specific" way to judge Haiku--I will lead you to something that will confuse you even more. There are no strict Haiku rules but there is a venue of adaptations that can play with ideas that will gladly fall under the definition.
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Maureen McGreavy
Date: 4/4/2019 1:37:00 PM
Funny you should say that, the 5/7/5 would be the first to go ;) thank you Craig
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craig cornish
Date: 4/4/2019 12:50:00 PM
One thing for sure---you can toss the 5-7-5 syllable count as a fixed rule
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craig cornish
Date: 4/4/2019 12:44:00 PM
and BTW we are all still learning...forever

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