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The Rothrock Haiku Contest, as conducted by Kurt Westley


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The Rothrock Haiku Contest is unlike anything you’ve read before: a poem-writing competition between two fictitious poets, Waku and Woro, to prescribed traditional themes, and adjudicated by the conductor, Kurt Westley. There’s a space on each spread for the reader to weigh in, and even room enough to write your own poem on the topic. However you read it, the book constitutes a paean to the author’s preferred Pennsylvania state park and to his favorite poetic genre.


orange leaves
flaming to the heron’s
muddy toes

                    winter sky
                    hurling sleet pellets against
                    my Nirvana-facing window

          entrusting my hut
          to the emerging ants
          my shadow leans downslope . . .

ISBN: 978-1-947271-68-5
Pages: 56
Size: 4.25″ x 6.5″
Binding: perfect softbound
Year Published: 2020

Shortlisted for a 2020 Touchstone Distinguished Books Award by The Haiku Foundation!

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