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2010 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: 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 200720062005 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001

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

 


 

2010

judged by
Jerry Ball, California
Merrill Ann Gonzales, Connecticut
 Judges' Commentary for 2010

Grand Prize Award:

"Tide Swell: a Summer Kasen Renku"
by
Ron Moss, Tasmania
Ferris Gilli, Georgia,
Matthew Paul, England
Paul MacNeil, Florida

 

First Honorabel Mention:

"Steamy Windows: an Autumn Kasen Renku"
by
Christopher Herold, Washington
Carol O’Dell, Washington

 

Second Honorable Mention:

"Ever Reviving: a Winter Shisan Renku"
by
Origa, Michigan
Hana Nestieva, Israel
Valeria Simonova-Cecon, Italy

 

 


2010 Bernard Lionel Einbond Award for Renku

Grand Prize Award:

"Tide Swell"



"Tide Swell: a Summer Kasen Renku"
by
Ron Moss, Tasmania
Ferris Gilli, Georgia,
Matthew Paul, England
Paul MacNeil, Florida

tide swell
sunburnt arms
reel in the catch

RM

cheers when the batter
touches first base

FG

in the showroom
sound effects rumble
from an outsized TV
MP
yesterday’s belt
traded for suspenders
PM
the climbing train
is closer to the moon
with every shudder
RM
a woodpecker’s backward lean
on top of the osier
MP
foraged by a bag lady
the Thanksgiving garbage
dwindles
FG
thieves meet
and divide their swag
PM
carving a new heart
with another girl’s name
at school recess
FG
a poster comes unstuck
from her bedroom wall
RM
as midnight strikes
I reach out for her
once again
MP
coloratura
high notes at La Scala
PM
the mute wolf
steadily watches
a gibbous moon
FG
Christmas lights
switched on by a nobody
MP
Einstein said, “It is a miracle
that curiosity survives
formal education.”
PM
beyond the pleasure dome
E = mc2
RM
plum blossoms
reflect several colors
of the rainbow
PM
my April Fool’s joke
backfires on me
MP
the wild daffodils
collect evening dew
on a dead-end road
RM
a lithe, naked boy
swinging through the jungle
FG
she sexts
to let him know
she’s on her way
MP
shaking monopoly dice
the couple counts hotels
RM
three sticky licks
stop the honey’s
slow descent
PM
the imprint of a signet
in softened wax
FG
sand grains
at their angle of repose
form the ant lion’s trap
PM
glad you’re not here,
says the postcard
MP
another smarmy smile
as the party host greets
the President’s aide
FG
my ticket to space
on a celestial Virgin
RM
the moon in the river
slaps around the arches
of the old stone bridge
MP
a veteran empties his shoe
of dust and broken leaves
RM
curates
finish the flagon of wine
after the benediction
PM
one strip club’s address
committed to memory
FG
late night stories
from the Kindle book
create a ghostly glow
RM
wind faintly moaning
as the dragon kite pulls free
FG
I brush the blizzard
of apple blossom
from my fringe
MP
starting irrigation
shows all the new leaks
PM
   

 

 


2010 Bernard Lionel Einbond Award for Renku

First Honorable Mention:

"Steamy Windows"


"Steamy Windows
An Autumn Kasen Renku"
by
Christopher Herold, Washington
Carol O’Dell, Washington

smell of pumpkin pie
she waves through steamy windows
as we arrive

CO

moonlight too
enters the cat door
CH
eager to win
the harvest dance contest
they practice swing steps
CO
the violin maker fiddles
with a faulty tuning peg
CH
you lose reception
just as your team passes
for a touchdown
CO
ragged cloud shadows
cross the field of frost
CH
this note
on a scrap of birch bark
signed with an X
CH
from somewhere in Afghanistan
he speaks of his eternal love
CO
the baby’s birth cries
mix with those of the mother
clutching a photograph
CH
to celebrate our 50th
we assemble a collage
CO
an old Bible spine
marks a poem in Rilke’s
Book of Hours
CH
a long line of tourists
winds along the Great Wall
CO
that July
the Earth was seen
from the moon
CH
seeming taller than before
he comes home from Boy Scout camp
CO
at last
the lawn gets mowed
edged and raked
CH
lava from Mauna Loa
hisses into the ocean
CO
with fallen petals
someone formed an arrow
on the red flagstones
CH

using a French recipe
I prepare escargot

CO
estate gardeners
spread diatomaceous earth
around the lettuce
CH
a white line separates
girls and boys at recess
CO
failure to agree
on yet another version
of Health Care Reform
CH
the ‘67 Corvette
is her favorite model
CO
the outrageous price
of a fleece-lined coat
at the fashion show
CH
again we put too many presents
under the Christmas tree
CO
he calls her each day
until she finally says yes
to meet over coffee
CO
I promise you to give
Viagra another try
CH
in anticipation
they buy candles, champagne
and a sex toy
CO
at sunset the birds fall silent
and the lake becomes glass
CH
through a church window
the full moon shines
on the altar
CO
tonight’s oblation made
amidst sparkling dew
CH
this World Series won
in extra innings
on a sac fly
CH
at last year’s derby
she caught the biggest fish
CO
Gulliver wakes up
and finds himself surrounded
by Lilliputians
CH
green shoots have begun
to poke through the melting snow
CO
a gust of wind
whirls a few plum blossoms
into the kitchen
CH
back and forth he swings
then jumps from the highest point
CO

 

 

 

 


2010 Bernard Lionel Einbond Award for Renku

Second Honorable Mention:

"Ever Reviving"



"Ever Reviving: a Winter Shisan Renku"
by
Origa, Michigan
Hana Nestieva, Israel
Valeria Simonova-Cecon, Italy

pale dawn . . .
brown briar hips puncture
the snow crust

O

cold and heaviness
of Sunday paper

HN

absent-mindedly
preparing for myself
a junk food lunch
VS-C
the neighbors’ boy
tunes a guitar
HN
a titmouse chirps
somewhere in the mist
of plum blossoms
O
Botticelli spring
all around Toscana
VS-C
at the Mass
two teens exchanging
furtive glances
O
“Just married” balloons
on both wheelchairs
VS-C
dreams of a waterfall
the psychologist raises
his eyebrow
HN
all the hustle and bustle . . .
and then you die!
O
ever reviving
out of darkness
the mellow moon
HN
straw basket too full
for the last Malus sylvestris
VS-C
   

 

 


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