THIS YEAR’S WINNERS of the ERIC BLAIR MEMORIAL IMPERIAL HAIKU AWARDS

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FIRST PRIZE WINNERS

 

affirmation

without exception

we’re all exceptional for

exception’s the rule

 

affirmative acting

they never lower

the bar without then matching

the ceilings, suckers

 

trigger #1

“her breasts”

expose those words as

unacceptable

 

authenticity #1

condition  those kids:

polite, erudite, prepared:

not their attributes

 

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SECOND PRIZE WINNERS

 

witness

the war criminal’s

vagina resulted in

many painless deaths

 

guidelines

“morbidly obese”

is a hurtful description

use “relaxed-fit” graves

 

warning

appropriation’s

cross-culturality is

often too playful

 

trigger#2

without permission

regardless of intention

erection is rape

 

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THIRD PRIZE WINNERS

 

positivity

new euphemisms

bury nasty old facts like

straw conceals spike-pits

 

social contract

equality once

meant  equal access to being

superior, no?

 

authenticity #2

the author can’t write

the story’s derivative

a must-read race book

 

inclusivity #1

there’s room enough for

everyone (after we all)

(kick these losers out)

 

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HONORABLE MENTIONS

 

history

in ancient days of

celebrity babies named

tony or gladys

 

justice

hot young  teacher fucks

quarterback just as bad as

gross molester man

 

diversity

celebrate difference

we’re lightly amused by,  kill

or suppress the rest

 

free speech

free speech remains the

cheapest of concepts until

it costs you something

 

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ENTRANTS WHO NEEDN’T HAVE BOTHERED

 

protest

march & beat drums to

demand more drums & wider

circles for marching

 

empowerment

sly white male corporate

power has declared your stats

a talent, rejoice

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