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Sunday, December 14, 2008


This haiku, first published in the premiere issue of Magnapoets, January 2008, and posted here in February 2008, has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

snow in the city
nobody home
in the cardboard box


Anonymous Anonymous said...

That poem garnered more responses than any others. Bill Higginson, at the time, remarked to me that he thought it was the best out of issue 1.

5:52 PM  
Blogger Devika said...

As all awarded arts, i didn't get a thing of it...:)
the last line made it, so..
could you explain, Bill?
last, after all have commented..and after you publish your next one...

because, i'm afraid -- we'll be encroaching the imagination of other readers...


6:30 PM  
Blogger Magyar said...

I've read this before, Bill; then, as now, two concerned questions come to my sallow mind:
where? (the resident)
why? (does this happen)
A toast to you! _m

7:47 AM  
Anonymous gautami tripathy said...

I would say, very deep. It deserve an award.

7:53 AM  
Blogger haiku-shelf said...

it touches my heart to see, to hear, to read about all this poverty on earth

8:12 AM  
Blogger Crafty Green Poet said...

excellent, poignant and a very sad comment on society - fully deserves its nomination

10:34 AM  
Blogger josh said...

Congratulations Bill.

11:18 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

Devika, in many large American cities a carboard box may be a home to the homeless. Does that help?

Aurora, I'm glad I had a chance to know Bill a little before his recent death, a great loss to our community.

Excellent questions, Magyar.

Deeply appreciated, gautami.

Thanks for those sympathetic responses, Angelika and Juliet.

Thank you, Josh.

7:13 PM  
Blogger Devika said...

oh my, here people sleep in the footpaths...oh yes, but for the cold there.

Thanks Bill...i am kind of a dumphead many a time :))


7:44 PM  
Blogger John McDonald said...

well done Bill

12:50 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

Devika, some images "travel" better than others.

Thanks, John.

11:12 AM  
Anonymous Gina said...

i love visiting your mind and eye ...

beautiful poetry and congratulations - you deserve an award ...

i have caught up on them all and couldnt decide where to leave my comment - as always, your poetry leaves me gob smacked ... >> Gina

7:41 PM  
Blogger Bill said...

"gob smacked" is a wonderful expression, Gina.

9:17 AM  
Blogger kami haiku said...

Congratulations, Bill! It's a worthy choice.


3:26 PM  
Blogger Bill said...

Thanks, Kami.

6:56 PM  
Blogger Tikkis said...

I like this. Too.

- Perhaps he (she?) gone for shopping??

2:55 AM  
Blogger jem said...

I'm sure I've said it before about your writing Bill, but you handle the big issues with great skill, never letting the poetry sink under the weight of the theme. Well done!

7:04 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

Thanks for that wry observation, tikkis.

And thanks, jem, for that most gratifying comment.

9:42 AM  
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