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Volume VI, Valentine Awards: February, 2004.
Copyright © 2004. All rights reserved by the respective authors.

Overview •  Reader’s Choice - Poet of the Year •  Favorite Poets •  Reader’s Choice - Poem of the Year •  Favorite Poems •  Editor’s Choice - Poem of the Year •  Favorite Poems •  Special Mentions •  Notes from Voters

Readers’ Choice —
Poet of the Year

John Stevenson
Readers’ Choice —
Favorite Poets

Connie Donleycott
vincent tripi
Allen McGill
Readers’ Choice —
Poem of the Year

Connie Donleycott
Readers’ Choice —
Favorite Poems

vincent tripi
Allen McGill
John Stevenson
Editors’ Choice —
Poem of the Year

Carolyn Hall
Editors’ Choice —
Favorite Poems

Timothy Hawkes
Connie Donleycott
Special Mentions
Notes from Voters

Notes from Voters

The Valentine awards is really an excellent idea, making a reader go through all the haiku of the preceding year, shifting and considering and perhaps finding more depth than at the first reading.
— Florence Vilen

What a great idea to encourage thoughtful reading! Ranking the poems is a critical step. It is a different process than the initial selection of poems. It requires you to ask yourself what matters most; what makes a poem stronger, in your estimation, and what weakens it.
— Dave Russo

It is one of the highlights each year to do this-enjoy again each pleasing page of each Nest, and then try to narrow my favorites, and then to somehow put them into an order of preference.
— Billie Wilson

What a difficult task it is to select just ten! Fun though, and it certainly focuses one’s thinking.
— Sandra Simpson

As always, a wonderful exercise! How often do any of us pull down old issues of any other haiku periodical except in such an instance? There is so much fresh, exciting poetry, that I tend to always be looking forward. Or if I do look back, it is through a collection such as The Haiku Anthology or an individual collection. So I thank you for the exercise.
— paul m.

I take the voting very seriously. I certainly enjoy re-reading all of the poems.
— Lenard D. Moore

It was most gratifying to reread all the 2003 haiku published in The Heron’s Nest, and as always, very, very difficult to choose only ten. My shortlist was much longer than that!
— Maria Steyn

I can’t tell you how much trouble I had this year. There were some terrific haiku I hated to let go.
— Marian Olson

It has been very hard to select only ten poems; there are so many other great poems published in The Heron’s Nest too (in fact, I didn’t find one I don’t like!).
— Dietmar Tauchner

Well, if I needed (and I didn’t) something to help me appreciate the incredible task you and your fellow editors perform each month this was it. Had you given me twenty votes I would still be agonizing over the many favorites I’d have to leave out of the winners of my “Damn, I wish I’d written that!” awards. Many thanks, again, to all of you for making this task so difficult.
— Robert Gilliland

I reevaluated — blind — my top 230 haiku from the year, came up with a shortlist of about 30, and winnowed from there. When I revealed the authors’ names to myself, I was surprised (pleasantly).
— Charles Trumbull

Hardest job I ever did! How to choose from so many winners?
— Mary Lee McClure

It was my time to stop and smell the roses, and I enjoyed each poem. Some of them even triggered poems of my own. Amazing how that happens.
— Yvonne Cabalona

How do I vote? Way too many great poems to choose from. Thank you so very much for dealing out the opportunity to not just push these poems aside, but to revisit them again and again.
— Alice Frampton

Why did I think it would be easier this year?
— Barry George

I must have made a zillion lists of favorites, and still felt that I left ones out that should be in. John Stevenson’s beautiful snow silence, and the delightfully evocative country diner. They went in and out, in and out. Another one that I had go in and out, as it really hit me as one of the most unexpected, original, and non-snooty, was Emily Romano’s painted toenails lure a turtle. I loved it! So unselfconscious, too, in a medium that she could have felt that she should not show her bighairness, if you know what I mean. It proved to me the essence of what I love about haiku as it should be — that it is for real people, and about the real world. There were others, too. Kylan Jones-Huffman’s gaunt children selling old bayonets. It went from three to out numerous times. Of course, I will never forget it, and only wish more people could be touched by this, rather than the next distraction: Michael Jackson’s nose yesterday, the moon today. Kay Anderson’s mama pitting cherries with a paperclip--such a warm picture of a world that I always think must be gone, yet still lives somewhere. Fay Aoyagi’s trenchant incomplete resume. Summer afternoon with boys telling stories about “someday” — wonderful from Jennie Townsend! Paul Pfleuger’s spot-on black ice. I thought it was a perfect poem. Such a perfect observation. Then I was drawn to Allen McGill’s deaf dog, at which I actually cried, not because the dog is unhappy, but because of the closeness that was so beautiful there. Maria Steyn (who is one of my favorite poets) wrote about something my cat used to love to do: check out what everyone else is eating and doing. Emily Romano’s pregnant cat left behind haunts me just as it haunted her. Matt Morden’s winter sickness was really a milestone poem of great power. Claire Gallagher’s “losing the stars I know to the skyful” — such truth there. Then there was that wonderful cherry blossom in the baby’s diaper, found by Michael Meyerhofer. Well, those weren’t the only ones. Every one of those went into the top ten. And yet none of them are among the ten that I sent to you. In the end, I tried to pick the ones that were the freshest, not meaning most original. Gary Warner’s peanut-cracking kindergartners would have made the top three if that were the only criterion. I did enjoy that one mightily but chose ones that really stuck with me and had surprising qualities of understated power. It took several weeks again, to finally say to myself that this particular list that I sent was the one I wanted to send. But the thing is, congratulations for making it so bloody hard to do it!
— Anna Tambour

Are you tired yet, of hearing how hard it is to choose just ten of the poems published in The Heron’s Nest in 2003? But it is, incredibly so!
— Jennie Townsend



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