And the winner of the round is (drumroll)... Keiji Minato's haiku "in my luggage" (4-3).
Less important than the votes, as was true when Basho did this, are the reasons behind the votes and the discussion generated. According to my count, Alan, Lorin, Don and Mark favored Keiji's verse; Chibi, Carlos and Eve favored Ami's "Atom Heart Mother." Even though Ami's haiku didn't win in the voting, I think we all can agree that it should receive special commendation for generating the most discussion. This is quite a provacative work of word-art, isn't it?
John and Sandra commented without voting--which is OK, but it would be better, next round, if everyone weighed in with a judgement that forces us to think deeply and clearly about what constitutes a good contemporary haiku.
Now, on to Round Two!