Judges' Comments

Right from first reading this title jumped out. Clear editing and presentation pace the reader through four balanced sections (or helices) combining haiku, tanka, and haibun. Swede’s craft is exemplary. The writing pleases at every turn. There are introspective pieces, ones of social concern and more—all sparkling. Helices is a title to read and admire over and over.

(Terri L. French and LeRoy Gorman Frogpond, 2017, 40:2, p. 69)

This collection received the Mildred Kanterman Memorial Award, First Place $500, Haiku Society of America Merit Book Awards 2017

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