Thursday, August 13, 2009

5-7-5 Isn't Just the Area Code for Las Cruces

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It's also the syllable structure of that most honorable and venerated fork of Japanese poetry, the haiku. We informed you last month about the Second Annual Hot Tomato Haiku Contest sponsored by BookFool.com as a part of the East Nashville Tomato Art Festival.

It's our pleasure to present the ripest tomatoes from the over 400 entries:

Melissa Duke's Best in Show named in honor of last year's organizer Melissa Duke Mooney, who passed away earlier this year.

by Gregory O'Loughlin

I trained vines for you

Cages could not hold your wild

Cherokee purple

Juicy Red Honorable Mention

by Libby Neutrino

Red moon over the silent hill

tonight I dream

of a Better Boy

Basho's Beefsteak Winner for the entry deemed most sincere, ardent, traditional . . . reminiscent of haiku genius Bashō

by Julie Greenberg

Brandywine fever

finds me circling the garden,

hoping I missed one.

Plum Humorous Winner

by Amy E. Hall

Pastor Bruce Shetta

to marry Tobas Coe and

Miss Mary Nara

Stinky Tomato Winner for the worst, most stinky haiku

by John Cooper

Distant Tomato

You can run but you can't hide

Time to play ketchup

Fried Green Winner

by Allie McGilberry, 9 years old who was delighted and squealed out loud when she was surprised by the announcement even though her mean mom kept it a secret.

Orange, red and yellow,

Thou art a fruit I must eat.

I want to eat thee.

Finally, the Formal Champion for innovation in form was won by some no-account hack.

To make sure you're on the notification list for next year's contest, go to the 2010 Hot Tomato Haiku information site.

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