These poems can be found in print in the Geist 20th Anniversary Collector's Edition and in Geist 60.
During the NHL-playoff-free days of 2005, we invited readers to write through the pain by creating examples of the hockey haiku. a Canada literary form that Geist has nurtured since 1997.
Like the NHL labour dispute, the Geist 2005 Haiku Night in Canada Contest went on for 301 days, but no deadline was ever set and no one knew how long it would last.
Here are the contest winners:
cross-check lifts a tooth clear of its casing. Pollock spits red from the bench.
—Rob “Left” Winger, Ottawa
puck. the one dark thing that tears across the gaze, its edge; our watchful eye.
—Matt Robinson, Fredericton
Gorgeous butterfly Breaks away from his cocoon Gracing the whole world
—Michael Cross, Tancook Island NS