Seabeck Haiku Getaway 2022 Kukai Winners

Congratulations to the following winners of the 2022 Seabeck Haiku Getaway kukai, with voting held online this year after the retreat. The following poets placed in the top six places, based on total vote count, voted on anonymously, and these poems were published in our 2022 Seabeck anthology.

First Place

border crossing

   on the ginkō walk

   mostly speaking with poets

             Rich Schnell


Second Place

inhaling pine

through the open window

the deepness of stars

             Beki Reese


Third Place (tie)

rolling mist

a dash of cinnamon

in my hot chocolate

             Antoinette Cheung


on the bench

by the birch

one leaf . . . and me

             Helen Ogden


scattered ashes

only some of her


             Lisa Gerlits

Fourth Place (tie)

moss-covered marker the dash between dates

             Gary Evans


over the sound

   the sound

of Canada geese

             Helen Ogden

Fifth Place

pulse of cicada song—

the baby named

for a constellation

             Aidan Castle


Sixth Place (tie)

fog settles in the trees . . .


to relax

             David Berger


inclusivity panel

our pens poised

at the same angle

             Antoinette Cheung


rain-soaked knees

the small blue door

in the fairy garden

             Lynne Jambor


   left out—

the upturned shovel

   fills with rain

             Shelley Baker-Gard