2018 Monostich Haiku Contest Winners!

"We shall never understand one another until we reduce the language to seven words."- - 
Kahlil Gibran   (1883-1931)

A monostich is a poem which consists of a single line.

Guest Adjudicator: John Stevenson is a former president of the Haiku Society of America and former editor of Frogpond. Since 2008, he has served as the managing editor of The Heron's Nest.

Lyrical Passion Poetry E-Zine © 2007-2018

Top Prizes – Grand Prize: $250.00 (US) & Certificate, 2nd Prize: $150.00, 3rd Prize: $50.00

All entries were read and considered in a blind judgement by guest adjudicator, John Stevenson.

1st Place - $250 Grand Prize Winner

day by day the mirror

                                                                                                             by Gowtham Ganni (India)


There is probably something consistent in my selections from among the poems submitted for this contest. Certainly, I am attracted to a very simple presentation. The top three poems here can almost be taken in before they are read. I also appreciate poems that don’t resolve into a final form or insight without first giving me the sensation of “something more.” And the longer that sensation lasts, the better. 

Of the top three selections, this first one is most in danger of ending prematurely. One might read it (and perhaps it was intended) to reflect the slow but inexorable effects of time and gravity upon the poet’s changing but familiar countenance. That would be the obvious thing. But, since the poet is not invoked directly – in fact no person is invoked – it’s possible to consider just the mirror and just the passing days. That is quite another poem and one with a great deal of “something more.” It is the changes in the mirror itself, wrought by time and myriad circumstances, that are the subject of that reading. 

Because we perceive the existence of something called subjective experience, each of us is a mirror in which the universe regards itself. With or without subjectivity?  With or without “something more?” 

2nd Place - $150 Prize Winner

two ends of a circle missing you

                                                                                                             by Julie Warther (Ohio USA)

3rd Place - $50 Prize Winner

birth which air bubble

                                                                                                             by Gowtham Ganni (India)

Honorable Mentions

after the train the stillness of the tracks
                                                   by Greg Schwartz (Maryland, USA)

blur of the ceiling fan blades making love

                                                   by Scott Mason (New York, USA)

under and over the river crossing bridges

                                                   by Alan Summers, (United Kingdom)

the weight of rain filling his rucksack

                                                   by Jessica Malone Latham (California, USA)

spring winds my daughter shakes off my help

                                                   by Greg Schwartz (Maryland, USA)

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