Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Carpe Diem Kukai - Our third CDHK Kukai "Juxtaposition" call for submissions

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

It's my pleasure to announce the start of our third Carpe Diem Haiku Kai Kukai 2015. This time I have chosen to challenge you to write haiku in which you have to use juxtaposition, one of our Haiku Writing Techniques. I will explain it in short hereafter.

Juxtaposition or in a more "visible way"; if a waiter served you a whole fish and a scoop of chocolate ice cream on the same plate, your surprise might be caused by the juxtaposition, or the side-by-side contrast, of the two foods.
Any time unlike things bump up against each other, you can describe it as a juxtaposition. Imagine a funeral mourner telling jokes graveside, and you get the idea — the juxtaposition in this case is between grief and humor. Juxtaposition of two contrasting items is often done deliberately in writing, music, or art — in order to highlight their differences.
I often hear that juxtaposition is a key to successful haiku. The contrast of two images in haiku is most often instrumental in creating resonance.
Robert Spiess, editor of 'Modern Haiku', has said the following about juxtaposition in haiku:
[...] “Juxtaposition of entities in haiku cannot be simply the throwing together of just anything; the poet must have the intuition that certain things, albeit of "opposite" characteristics, nonetheless have a resonance with each other that will evoke a revelation when they are juxtaposed in accordance with the time-tested canons and aesthetics of haiku.” [...]
Credits: Juxtaposition (in art)
What is a kukai? Well it's a haiku writing contest in which the participants are the judges too. You can submit a maximum of three (new and never earlier published) haiku to our email address:


Please write "kukai juxtaposition" in the subject line.

You can submit a maximum of three haiku (no tanka) before August 16th 2015. After the closing date I will compile an anonymous list of the submitted haiku and will publish it here at our Haiku Kai (in the menu above). After publishing that anonymous list the judging period of two weeks starts. You can only judge haiku if you have submitted haiku for the kukai.
As judge you can give 6 points (3 points for the best haiku, 2 points for the second best haiku and 1 point for the third best haiku). As all the votes are given I will gather the points and will announce the winner and the runner-up.
The winner gets the opportunity to compile his/her E-book (a maximum of 40 pages) which I will create for him/her and he/she will be our featured haiku poet for September. The runner-up will be honored in a Tokubetsudesu episode.

Our third CDHK kukai "juxtaposition" is NOW OPEN for your submissions.

PS. The judging for our second kukai "summertime" is done and I hope to announce the winner and the runner-up later today.



  1. Yikes, Kristjaan. What a challenge.

  2. This will be good! :)

  3. Wow .. I agree with everyone ... what a challenge and it will be very interesting! BTW .. How did the last Kukai go? Did I miss the announcement? Bastet

  4. Wow .. I agree with everyone ... what a challenge and it will be very interesting! BTW .. How did the last Kukai go? Did I miss the announcement? Bastet