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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Alan Summers wins the New York based World Monuments Fund organisation's 2012 Haiku Contest

World Monuments Fund is the leading independent organization dedicated to saving the world’s most treasured places:

I was delighted to hear that I had won this competition as place names hold such potency in poetry, and in particular, haiku.

The winning haiku by me was about Battersea Power Station:

the moon is broken
Battersea Power Station 
from a train window

Award credit: 1st Prize, World Monuments Fund 2012 Haiku Contest winner

Also published in:
The Moon is Broken: Juxtaposition in haiku article Scope vol. 60 no. 3 (FAWQ  magazine April 2014)

Publication Credit: 

THF Per Diem collection “Light and Dark” December 2014

N.B. Also the haiku is in a pattern of 5-7-5 English-language syllables.

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Results of the names of the winners are now up, and the haiku will go up alongside images and biographies in early May:

First Prize, $100; Second Prize, $75; Third Prize, $50, and three semi-finalists. All six winning haiku to be published on the World Monuments Fund web site.

First Prize: Alan Summers
Second Prize: Mark Ynys-Mon
Third Prize: Elizabeth Brewster Thomas

Jennifer Burd
John Tiong ChungHoo
Janet Kirchheimer


Annie Finch has published numerous books of poetry, including Calendars (Tupelo Press, 2003, The Encyclopedia of Scotland (Salt Publishing, 2008), Among the Goddesses (Red Hen Press, 2010), Eve (Storyline Press, 1997), and Spells: Selected Poetry, forthcoming from Wesleyan University Press. Her poetic collaborations with music, visual art, opera, and theater have been produced at Poets House, Chicago Art Institute, Carnegie Hall, American Opera Projects, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Finch’s books about poetry include The Body of Poetry (University of Michigan Press, 2005), A Formal Feeling Comes (New Edition, Word Tech Editions, 2008), An Exaltation of Forms (University of Michigan Press, 2002), and, most recently, co-edited with Marie-Elizabeth Mali, Villanelles (Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets, 2012), as well as the poetry-writing textbook, A Poet’s Craft (University of Michigan Press, 2010). She is Director of the Stonecoast MFA program at the University of Southern Maine.

In an interview in FULCRUM Magazine, Finch notes: “Like architecture, poetry is an art that creates habitable structures within uninhabitable expanses through the use of repetition, proportion, and pattern. The poet, like the architect, is joyfully and painfully aware of both the provisional nature, and the complete necessity, of such habitable structures." Read her poem "On Poetry and Architecture".

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Battersea Power Station, which when completed will have a capacity of about 240,000 kilowatts. The first part was in operation in January 1934.
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Source Scan from Foreword by E. Royston Pike (1938) Our Generation London: Waverley Book Company
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Anonymous said...

Congratulations Alan :).
Stay inspired!

Caroline Gill said...

Alan, this is so exciting! Certainly an unusual choice of subject ... and I greatly look forward to reading the Haiku. Really enjoyed the Monuments website, too. Congratulations!

Frank... said...

Congratulations on your win, Alan

Gillena Cox said...

Congrats Alan

much love...

Seaview said...

Well done that man! :]