I Survived Haiku Deathmatch!

mightier than swords —
warriors with pens unsheathed
stand ready to fight!

So yesterday, against my better judgement, I took the long bus ride into Toronto to compete in the Toronto Poetry Project‘s Haiku Head-to-Head Battle. In doing so, I learned a very important lesson.

My “better judgement” can be a bit of a wet blanket sometimes.

Six haikusters stood up, and only one remained. Me! It was the first time in more years than I care to count since I’ve stood up and read anything that I wrote in public, and the reaction was phenomenal. The competition got the crowd going with some quite clever and rather raunchy pieces. The silence from the audience when I read my poems made me nervous, but in the end, it turns out silence is golden. As in medal. As in I won it.

Thanks to TPP, ringmaster Cynthia Gould, the organizers, judges, my gracious audience, and the folks at Supermarket. And special thanks goes to the Haiku Ninja for sparing my life.

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2 Comments on “I Survived Haiku Deathmatch!”

  1. Robyn Armstrong Bowles says:

    Love your blog! Lost your phone number!!

  2. Robyn Armstrong Bowles says:

    Wow!! How wonderful! I am thrilled for you!


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