2020 5th Annual H. Gene Murtha Memorial Senryu Contest Winners

First Place:

the lingering notes
of an out of tune piano
burying grandpa

— Louise Hopewell


Second Place:

lockdown loving
the surprise of wild
nose hairs

— Roberta Beary


Third Place:

chemotherapy
she takes a selfie with
the new wig

— Minal Sarosh 


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2019 4th Annual H. Gene Murtha Memorial Senryu Contest Winners

First Place:

ultrasound gel
as she circles the probe
I read her face

— Madhuri Pillai


Second Place:

strip-o-gram
everyone’s standards
go lower

— Elizabeth Crocket


Third Place:

shriveled flesh
the impermanence
of bath bubbles

— Kelly Sauvage Angel


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2018 3rd Annual H. Gene Murtha Memorial Senryu Contest Winners

First Place:

prayer book
all the funeral cards
but hers

— Gregory Longenecker


Second Place:

new tabla
the smells of India
in one strike

— Nicholas Klacsanzky


Third Place:

moving out —
the perfection
of pomegranate halves

— Kerstin Park


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