Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Erotic Haiku Winners

by Olivia Knight

Masses of thanks to everyone who deluged us with their pithy, hot haikus for the Midsummer Erotic Haiku Competition. Predictably, with 87 poems to choose from, the judges waved wine glasses and shouted a lot, but we agreed on a few things. Firstly, that erotic haikus should...

• be formally impeccable
• condense as much as possible, without wasting a single syllable
• suggest a landscape of story behind their few words
• evoke strong sensory experiences

pictures of prize books

We also agreed on a winner (although not what she won for!), but beyond that, opinions varied wildly - and strongly. Poetry is a very personal choice - so rather than pick at random from the short list, we've decided to recognise that, and recognise all the haikus that struck us in the solar plexus, or slightly lower down. Accordingly, second and third prizes have been divvied up, with an extra copy of Magic and Desire thrown in, for the seven runner-up prizes...

Runner-up prizes
• 3 copies of Magic and Desire by Portia da Costa, Janine Ashbless, and Olivia Knight
• 2 copies of Southern Spirits by Edie Bingham
Gothic Heat by Portia da Costa
Phantamagoria by Madelynne Ellis

pictures of prize books

And the runners up, in alphabetical order, are...

Amanda, for making us twinge with hurts-but-good bliss and making our pink bits hot and cold at the same time:

cool summer relief
a banana cocksicle
cherry cunt ice cream

anon at 2:42am, for being so contrary & wrapping it up in so little space:

My flesh red and raw
My pleasure bound up in pain
Happy is my heart.

Kammie, for making us lean back lazily in the heat, spread our legs, and lick our lips:

Summer flesh exposed
Plentiful, available
Lick a little peach

magdalune, for capturing that intensely intimate moment of indecision and instruction, and the ecstasy hot on its heels:

Such lovely cheeks. No -
Not there. Here. And between them.
You writhe in pleasure.

pictures of prize books

Maryanne Stahl, for two reasons, both of them sensory in the very literal sense, making our skin feel and our tongues taste:

Crisp white linen sheets
Your lips, neck, shoulders, open thighs
You taste of warm salt

Rain in pine forest
We fall to the sodden ground
Dripping everywhere

tls, for giving us an entire personality dynamic, and for the line break between "Your cock is a thing" and "of beauty"

Your cock is a thing
of beauty. The one reason
I'll get on my knees.

... and venivincere, for the love, the m/m, and giving us the sensation not only of having cocks, but having a cock and someone else's against it:

Love makes one of two:
Grinding velvet cock on cock
Melds with searing come.

pictures of prize books

The winner gets a stupefying 9 books, so perhaps it's fair that we ended up awarding them for two different haikus - both on the top of our lists, and both - as it turned out - by the same person: Eden Hail, who thought poetry wasn't her cup of tea. Eden gets... • Magic and Desire by Portia da Costa, Janine Ashbless, and Olivia Knight • Southern Spirits by Edie Bingham • Gothic Heat by Portia da Costa • Phantamagoria by Madelynne Ellis • Chilli Heat by Carrie Williams • Standish by Erastes • Hotbed by Portia da Costa • Amanda’s Young Men by Madeline Moore... and • Cruel Enchantment by Janine Ashbless

Prize books on a bench in a midsummer garden

Each haiku was a picture in considerably less than 1000 words. The first, a post-coital snapshot, gives enough material for a week of bed-time fantasies as you play out the story of what went before, building up to the final moment of photorealism:

paint stuck in her hair
Charcoal smudged on her fair cheek
Sated nude model

The second combined two different sense-images: touch and sound: intense touch of cold hard tiles; sound of cries rising and ringing around the ceramics. Another story offers itself in the background, of course - why they're there...

Your body behind
Pushes me onto cool tiles
Echoes grow louder


All winners, please email your snail-mail details to knight [dot] olivia [at] gmail [dot] com so I can send you your books. Runners-up, let me know which book you'd prefer, and I'll do what I can to see you get it (no promises, mind!) And for those who didn't win, you can award yourself a prize by following the links to Amazon...

Magic and Desire by Portia da Costa, Janine Ashbless, and Olivia Knight
Southern Spirits by Edie Bingham
Gothic Heat by Portia da Costa
Phantamagoria by Madelynne Ellis
Chilli Heat by Carrie Williams
Standish by Erastes
Hotbed by Portia da Costa
Amanda’s Young Men by Madeline Moore
Cruel Enchantment by Janine Ashbless

19 comments:

Jeremy Edwards said...

Haikudos to all the winners!

Kammie said...

Thank you so much!

What fun that was reading all the hot haikus. Very talented group of writers. Congratulations to the winners!

Janine Ashbless said...

Amazing stuff - well done to everyone who entered and didn't like me run off to a foreign country instead, in a fit of nerves. So much talent!

Louisa said...

A fun competition - well done to all the winners :-)

Ashley Lister said...

That really was a fun competition. Congratulations to everyone who won.

magdalune said...

That was hella fun, ladies. :)

Erastes said...

Congrats to all the winners - so very well deserved

I wish I could have
entered but I can't count up
to seven or five apparently

Madelynne Ellis said...

Congrats to all the winners.

Eden Hail said...

Thank-you! That's was loads of fun. I really enjoyed reading and making haiku.

Madeline Moore said...

I was on the jury of two completely separate competition this past weekend...and I must say the haiku competition was easily the one that was the most fun (and showed the most talent.) My short list was a mile long! Congratulations to all the winners and many thanks to LB readers who submitted such lovely stuff.
Thanks for this, O.

Janine Ashbless said...

Like my haiku?

White space fills the post
Windows Explorer does not
format like Firefox

;-)

Madeline Moore said...

Yeah Janine...like that one...I don't know how you do it!

Madeline Moore said...

Here's mine:

- - - - -

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Madeline Moore said...

I'm hoping to win a copy of Amanda's Young Men so I can see how the book came out...

all for now, I promise.

Olivia Knight said...

Explorer Version
Seven works - what version are
you using, Janine?

Explorer is crap:
Godzilla v Mozilla:
Firefox is free.

Amanda said...

hurray. thanks so much. i enjoyed reading everyone's haiku.

Kate Pearce said...

Amazing quality-I enjoyed reading them all!

Janine Ashbless said...

I use Version 6.
Space comes inevitably
Before a wide pic.

I used to worry
Now I know just to scroll down.
It is no big deal.

Angela St. Lawrence said...

Lovely Haikus: sexy, sensual, visceral, to the point ... the Haiku is harder to master than some might believe, but -- when done this well -- gifts us with both immediate and lingering imagery.

Thank you.