Can you sci-ku?
The 2012 Sci-ku competition is now closed. View the winners below.
RiAus was delighted to present its third annual sci-ku poetry competition.
There were great prizes up for grabs and winning entries will be displayed on the LED ribbon artwork on the outside of the Science Exchange.
You can read the winning poems below:
First prize – Rob Walker
Clover, the farmer’s friend.
White nodule bacteria microfactories,
nature’s fertiliser mined from thin air.
Second prize – Stephen Boonstoppel
Droughts and pestilence
Yet bolls thrive with genes expressed
CSIRO cotton on
Third prize – Fiona Johnston
wind gatherers, like energetic sky clocks
turn minutes into light, hours into power
at Starfish Hill wind farm
High Commendation – Greg Buchanan
Plant grows from the seed.
Science helps the farmer’s crop
Thanks to Mendel’s peas
First prize – Henry Rogers (Age 12 years)
golden ears of nature
listening for the rain, reaching for the sky
yielding food for the future
Second prize – Sea-Yun Joung (Age 12 years)
Our most basic foods
From Scientific Farming.
It’s for Surviving.
Third prize – Natalia Burgess (Age 10 years)
Crops growing thirsty,
Animals coming to their rest,
But wait finally the heavens have opened.
High Commendation – Maggie Carter (Age 12 years)
Great wall of orange
Engulfing my precious crops
First prize – Charlotte Head (Age 13 years)
Dark, moist clumps of earth
Nutrients and sustenance
Humbly giving all to regeneration
Second prize - Michelle Wange (Age 16 years)
Practice of farming
Applies new technologies
To old traditions
Third prize – Matthew Podgorski (Age 16 years)
Red sweet peas and white peas… and pink… co-dominance?
A perplexing problem thought Mendel
The first agricultural scientist
High Commendation – Morgan Christensen (Age 15 years)
yellow bent and clustered
sitting on the tree
a hand ready to be taken
What is Sci-ku?
Inspired by the Japanese haiku, sci-ku is a short three-line poem about sciences. Sci-ku is a small, modest and humble poem that depicts the everyday world around us, aiming to give a flash of insight into that world — like a scientific ‘Eureka!’ moment expressed briefly in words.
Each poem must have had a thematic link to farming or agriculture and not exceed the three-line maximum. Syllable counts are not relevant. Each entrant was invited to submit a maximum of three sci-kus.
You could have entered in one of three categories:
Primary (12 years and under), secondary (13-18 inclusive) or open (no age limit).
All poems must be original, unpublished works (in print or online) by the poet entering the competition.
All entries must have been received by Sunday 19 August 2012 or be date stamped Thursday 16 August 2012 at the latest.
No poems will be returned.
The judges’ decision is final; no correspondence will be entered into.
1st prize winners in each category received a Kindle e-Reader.
2nd & 3rd prizes were awarded in each category, with prizes of $50 and $20 worth of book vouchers, respectively.
1st, 2nd & 3rd prize winners in each category can see their sci-ku and name in lights on the RiAus ribbon artwork on the exterior of The Science Exchange in Adelaide.
1st, 2nd & 3rd prizes (and other selected entries) are now published on the RiAus website.
Need some inspiration?
Science poetry has been around for a while. In 1984 New South Wales physicist J. W. V. Storey published his academic paper as a poem in The Proceedings of the Astronomical Society of Australia. Read his poem on Brain Pickings.