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Kukai April 2020-- Call for Submissions

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  • Kukai April 2020-- Call for Submissions


    The topic for the April 2020 kukai is given below.

    Poems must be submitted via email to (with Kukai for the subject line.)

    Poets may submit ONE poem that displays a disjunctive element, as is usually present in haiku, via email for entry in the April 2020 Kukai. Besides haiku, visual ku, atomistic/disjunctive short poems, haiga, photoku, tanka, and gembun, will be accepted for entry in the kukai. Haibun, sequences, and linked forms will not be accepted for inclusion in the April kukai.

    If your poem has irregular formatting please include an image showing how you wish it to appear amd we will do our best to present it that way. All images (including haiga, photoku, visual ku) should be in JPG or PNG format with the wider dimension not exceeding 1024 px.

    No revisions will be considered after receipt of your submission has been acknowledged via email.

    Poems that have been previously displayed in any form (in print or digitally), on personal web sites or blogs, social media platforms, public video and/or photo sites, public forums, are not eligible for kukai participation. Any work that can be found via a web search will be excluded. Poems submitted must be the original work of the submitting poet. In the interests of fair play, we also request that you do not submit any poems that have been workshopped in any manner or seen by any other person who may be entering the kukai.

    Eligibility to submit a poem to the monthly kukai is open to everyone except the kukai organizer for the month. The organizer will collect the submitted entries, ensure submissions meet kukai criteria, assemble them for all participants to vote on, and keep the identity of authors anonymous until the voting is completed.

    The deadline for submissions will be noon, PST, Wednesday April 15th.

    YOUR KUKAI ENTRIES MUST REMAIN ANONYMOUS until the results are posted.
    • Submission deadline -- Noon, PST, Wednesday April 15th.
    • Voting deadline -- Noon, PST, Saturday, April 25th.
    • Results will be posted by Thursday, April 30th.

    TOPIC: "Quietude"

    quietude. the cicada’s voice permeates the cliffs

    As more and more municipalities around the world are moving to stay-at-home orders, closed public spaces, and quarantine orders due to the spread of the SARS-2 Coronavirus, a primal quiet is returning to the world. As the streets, plazas, parks and other facilities empty, many areas have taken on a kind of quiet that may have been entirely forgotten by the inhabitants.

    This is, for many, a time of quiet reflection, and possibly, a chance to view a slower pace, a world where animals return to areas once claimed by crowds of people, where the skies clear of pollution and families spend more time in each other's company. This month's prompt asks for poems about silence, works of quiet reflection, or works that enter the space that our collective withdrawal from the outside has engendered throughout the world. Poems need not mention any keyword word directly, but are to draw into the space left between sounds.
    ghost cave i brush aside the dharma of a lobster god

  • #2
    After the snow
    On the plum tree
    White blossoms


    • #3
      Just wondering if the call for votes has been sent


      • #4
        poems #34 and #35 are the same and two different poems for #67. One poem is missing. April kukai voting list should be verified and sent again, I think.