Monday, 17 March 2008


Easter is an odd holiday, with its uneasy mix of pagan and Christian beliefs -- we're quite blasé about the cards depicting bunnies, eggs and fluffy chicks that jostle with flowery crosses and Biblical quotes about resurrection. You have until Monday, March 31 to nibble on your chocolate Easter treats while writing a haiku about this peculiar spring holiday.

Monday, 25 February 2008

Haiku Contest

Beth was kind enough to forward me info about an upcoming haiku contest sponsored by the Magpie Haiku Poets, in association with Eleventh Transmission. There are prizes, plus publication for the first three winning poems, too. Entry is free, and the deadline for submissions is April 30, 2008. More info can be found on the website here.

Monday, 28 January 2008


This is London calling. One of the world's great cities, its rich history and appearance as a central or supporting character in innumerable stories, songs, films and personal remembrances serve as testimony to its timelessness: eternally old, but always new. Thanks to Andrew for the theme suggestion. Deadline is midnight, Sunday February 10.

Tuesday, 22 January 2008


when i was a kid
at the cinema, they’d play
some short films to start.

rabbits throw anvils
at singing baboons; talking
pots chase magic spoons.

man, i’d love to see,
today, mickey’s marching brooms –
the movie starts soon…

…but what’s up these days?
i’m harpooned with all these ads:

i don’t want ads or
film trivia, you maroons!
bring back my cartoons!

Sunday, 20 January 2008


From the first silents to today's glossy Hollywood blockbusters, film has been a huge part of our culture. We've idolized stars, sung along to theme songs, memorized favourite lines, encountered alien life forms, and traveled all over the world (and beyond), while sitting in the dark staring at a glowing screen. You have until midnight of Sunday, January 27 to write about your celluloid dreams.

Monday, 14 January 2008

The Label Says It's Organic...

Cheerful bright boxes
at the grocery store propose:
"Soylent Green tonight!"

Friday, 11 January 2008

Summer: lines composed on a beach

You maniacs! You
blew it up! Ah, damn you! God
damn you all to hell!

The Future

It's The Future, my friends! Will we be whizzing around in our own personal shiny metal spaceships, or will we be in helpless thrall to our merciless squid overlords? Utopia, Dystopia, or something in between? You have until midnight of Saturday, January 19 to foresee The Future...

I'm late preparing for Thanksgiving too

cruel calendar
just a few hundred days left
must start shopping now