::::: Haiku Contest Results :::::

The Results of Kaji Aso Studio’s International Haiku Contest 2008

This program is supported by the Consul General of Japan in Boston

Kaji Aso Studio has been happy to see such an international participation in our annual haiku contest. This means that Japanese cultural is being understood by more and more people. We are encouraged by your participation and hope that you will continue to write haiku and think of Kaji Aso Studio as your supporter.


the stone cutter’s yard—
polished granite blocks reflect
a blossoming peach

First prize -
Patricia Neubauer


the pallbearers—
last year’s acorns
crunch underfoot


Second Prize -
Keith Heiberg

mountain rain
the rising magpie’s
bloodied bill


Third Prize -
John Barlow


Special additional prize: “The Elizabeth Searle Lamb Award donated by Carolyn Lamb”


killing frost
all day a steady rain
of yellow leaves

Kenneth Elba Carrier


Senryu Award

divorce day -
no more staples
in our gun

Ernest J Berry

Honorable Mentions


metal roof—
the alternating feet
of a magpie



summer’s end…
a float and line dangle
from the pine

John Barlow


sudden shower
the steel underbelly
of a bridge

John Bird


winter sunset
their argument’s
long shadows

Keith Heiberg


road work
three crows study
a pavement reflector

Catherine J.S. Lee


blowing through the holes
of the nomad’s flute—
autumn wind

Darrell Lindsey


missing face
of the snowman—

Roland Packer


back-to-back blizzards
under one of those mounds
a stone Buddha

Bruce Ross


the colour
of the hill
pioneer graves

Sandra Simpson


with a stranger
the silence between us

Tony A. Thompson