a memorial to Editor Bob Spiess, who died on March 13, 2002,
Modern Haiku sponsors The Robert Spiess Memorial Award Haiku
editors of Modern Haiku are honored to announce the winners
of the second annual competition to commemorate the life and
work of Robert Spiess.
judges were Ce Rosenow and Lee Gurga. We received 191 entries
from 104 poets.
were to be written in the spirit of the following Speculation
from Spiesss A Years Speculations on Haiku
(Modern Haiku Press, 1995):
haiku poets do not write to demonstrate how different their
haiku are from those of other haiku poets. Goethe wrote, I
have reaped the harvest that others have sown. My work is
that of a collective being and it bears Goethes name.
awards are as follows: First Prize: $100 plus a signed and previously-loved
copy of Bobs The Turtles Ears (1971, out of print,
slight damage); Second Prize: $50 plus a copy of Bobs
The Shape of Water (1982); Third Prize: $25 plus a copy of Bobs
Some Sticks and Pebbles (2001). Three poets are awarded Honorable
Mentions, and each will receive a copy of Bobs A Years
Speculations on Haiku (1995).
thanks to Billie Wilson for the idea of a competition to remember
Bob Spiess and for all her hard work as contest coordinator.