haiku contest winners


A poem in a breath. Seventeen syllables about Lexington, then, now, its future. Many wonderful submissions; some ethereal and fleeting, some downright muscular. All illustrating the lode of written-word talent in this place. Thanks to all the poets for making UnderMain’s first contest such a revelation. Congratulations to our winner, Chuck Clenney, and our runners-up, Carole Johnston and Linda Horvay. And much thanks to our co-conspirator on the Slamku contest and haiku slam, Bianca Spriggs, and to our judge, Charlie Hughes of Wind Publications.

Lex Cemetery:
Sakura leaves fall limp in
My glass of bourbon.

– Chuck Clenney (bio)

glass clouds floating in…
the heron blue skyscraper
stands on one leg

– Carole Johnston

Monarch waystations
Homeless warm on winter nights
Full moon, city lights

– Linda Horvay

Chuck Clenney, native of Covington, Kentucky, has called Lexington, KY home since 2004 (minus 2 years in rural Japan).

With a BA in English and Japanese from UK, Chuck has published his artwork and poetry domestically and internationally, in a wide variety of zines, magazines, literary journals, and, in 2006, self-published “An Incoming Storm”. A long-time reader (and twice featured poet) at Erik Sutherland’s monthly Holler Poet Series, Chuck works as a Japanese translator in Lexington and can be found wondering about town, transiently-bearded, smiling at strangers, enjoying idiosyncratic art, and, most likely, eating hummus. Chuck also DJs every Tuesday night from 10-Midnight on Lexington’s WRFL 88.1FM.