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2013 HSA Bernard Lionel Einbond Renku Collection Awards

The Haiku Society of America sponsors this annual award for renku of 36, 20, or 12 stanzas. (Renku is a form of renga). See also the contest rules and the judges' commentary for the Einbond award. For more information about the goals of this contest, download a copy of the HSA Renku Contest Committee Report (pdf) published in Frogpond XIII:2 (May 1990).

Commentary by year: 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 200720062005 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001

Winners by Year: 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001

 


 

2013

Norman Darlington, Bunclody, Ireland
Linda Papanicolaou, Stanford, California
 Judges' Commentary for 2013

Grand Prize Award:

"Early Morning Heat"
by
John Carley, Rossendale, Lancashire, England (sabaki)
Lorin Ford, Melbourne, Australia
Cynthia Rowe, Sydney, Australia
Sandra Simpson, Tauranga, New Zealand
William Sorlien, St. Paul, Minnesot

Second Place:

"Sparrow Footprints"
by
Elizabeth McFarland, Karlsruhe, Germany
Tzetzka Ilieva, Marietta, Georgia

Honorable Mention:

"Down the Line"
by
Tom Clausen, Ithaca, New York
Yu Chang, Schenectady, New York
John Stevenson, Nassau, New York
Hilary Tann, Schuylerville, New York

 

 


2013 Bernard Lionel Einbond Award for Renku

Grand Prize Award:

"Early Morning Heat"



"Early Morning Heat"
by
John Carley, Rossendale, Lancashire, England (sabaki)
Lorin Ford, Melbourne, Australia
Cynthia Rowe, Sydney, Australia
Sandra Simpson, Tauranga, New Zealand
William Sorlien, St. Paul, Minnesot

a line of ants
in the courgette flower—
early morning heat

Sandra

perhaps you’d care
to share my parasol?

John

country-western
and native songs,
a circle round the drum

William

she pastes her happy snaps
to a favourite page

Cynthia

• • •

 

seeking, hiding
way beyond the curfew
shadows and moon

Lorin

in the blackberry basket
a taste of river fog

Sandra

the chameleon’s tail
curls between
red, orange, yellow

Cynthia

with a shiver of silk
her stocking hits the floor

John

everyone answers
to the name of Smith
at Honeycomb Hotel

Lorin

the street-sweeper
returns a gallic shrug

Sandra

• • •

 

misunderstood
a frog jumps into    whoops
the bouillabaisse

Lorin

a smear of something
stains my new saijiki

John

snowbound highways
lined with deer,
the moon in every eye

William

lemmings stream across
a frozen lake

Cynthia

over and over and over
on hold
the first four bars of Bach

William

all that Dresden china
turned to dust

John

• • •

 

granddad hides his stash
of sticky toffees
in the glove box

Cynthia

a blackbird tugs a worm
out of a hole

Lorin

rising above
the dry stone wall
waves of white blossom

William

between our dreams of spring
a bridge of sand

Sandra


 

 

 


2013 Bernard Lionel Einbond Award for Renku

Second Place:

"Sparrow Footprints"


"Sparrow Footprints"
by
Elizabeth McFarland, Karlsruhe, Germany
Tzetzka Ilieva, Marietta, Georgia


 

remaining snow
all the sparrow footprints
by the baker’s shop
Tzetzka

a rag of carnival streamer
flapping, caught in an eddy

Elizabeth

our dandelions
turn out to be enough
for a crown and a bracelet

Tzetzka

the touch that turns to gold
a blessing or a curse?

Elizabeth

• • •

 

subtle pull
of the dispute moon
on every ebb and flow

Elizabeth

back home she tells him
about the jasmine nights

Tzetzka

dusting the framed photos,
the most important of all
kept out of sight

Elizabeth

Hubble images—each one
more colorful than the other

Tzetzka

an octopus swirls its legs
camouflages into a new pattern
and whisks off again

Elizabeth

a set of long sharp teeth
snaps the water

Tzetzka

• • •

 

that winter we had
polenta for breakfast, lunch,
and dinner

Tzetzka

the premature baby
kept warm in a tea cosy

Elizabeth

when my heart
is almost breaking, Lord,
I want Jesus to walk with me

(author unknown,
public domain, Presbyterian Hymnal)

a secret collection of coins
for throwing in the wishing well

Elizabeth

forgotten long ago
a scrap metal pile comes alive
under the moonlight

Tzetzka

just a hint of sweet decay
as the leaves start to turn

Elizabeth

• • •

 

birthday cake candles
all blown out at once
and the years fall away

Elizabeth

did I call my new boss
by the wrong name?

Tzetzka

feeling the weight
of cherry blossom froth
in an outstretched hand

Elizabeth

nothing left but dust
from the wings of a butterfly

Tzetzka

 

 

 

 


2013 Bernard Lionel Einbond Award for Renku

Honorable Mention:

"Down the Line"



"Down the Line"
by
Tom Clausen, Ithaca, New York
Yu Chang, Schenectady, New York
John Stevenson, Nassau, New York
Hilary Tann, Schuylerville, New York

freight train
sumac red
all down the line

Tom

frosted windows
on our little house

Yu

tilt of heads
viewing the moon
from a canyon

John

a full set of
mother’s best china

Hilary

surprise offering
to a snake charmer
in Mumbai

Yu

her stockings
over the chair

Tom

scrolling down
to savor
the x’s and o’s

Hilary

dust motes shudder
in a shaft of light

John

I wonder
who has John Wills’
cold box of nails

Tom

election day coup
for the 99%

Hilary

all eyes
on the whistle blower
in the boardroom

Yu

a weakness for
baked potatoes

Tom

the click
of her tongue ring
against my teeth
John
no holding back
on the empty beach
Yu
at the dude ranch
coyotes howl
even on moonless nights
Hilary

just a ghost of Lincoln
on this old penny . . .

John

veterans
admitted for free
at the arcade

Tom

some heirloom seeds
fall by the wayside

Yu

a Woodstock
of cherry blossoms
in the formal garden

John

my kite
aloft

Hilary

 

 

 

 


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