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2011 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: 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 200720062005 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001

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

 


 

2011

Merrill Ann Gonzales, Dayville, Connecticut
Paul Miller, Bristol, Rhode Island
 Judges' Commentary for 2011

First Prize Award:

"Twelfth Night—A Nijuin Renku"
by
Diana Webb, Leatherhead, England
Frank Williams, London, England

 

 


2011 Bernard Lionel Einbond Award for Renku

Grand Prize Award:

"Twelfth Night—A Nijuin Renku"



"Twelfth Night—A Nijuin Renku"
by
Diana Webb, Leatherhead, England
Frank Williams, London, England

twelfth night
glitter returned
to the frosted trees

Diana

from the torn refuse bag
remains of a goose
Frank
nursery rhyme tunes
again and again
weave through his work
Diana
ringing through the pub
‘one hundred and eighty’
Frank
full moon circle dance
half the way round
and then the other
Diana
clusters of toadstools
line the low bank
Frank
halloween,
phantom boats
glide down the stream
Diana
in the chamber of horrors
you propose we live in sin
Frank
a bridal gown
from the charity shop
you’re joking
Diana
for uncle’s birthday
an exploding cigar
Frank
dad and the kids
spend the afternoon
combing the beach
Frank
moon viewing obscured
by a sudden storm
Diana
an unknown noise
sends a rabbit dashing
across the meadow
Frank
who owns a stopwatch
for the race against time?
Diana
your name
on the gravestone
now worn away
Frank
christening mugs
along the mantelpiece
Diana
her brand new
designer umbrella
patterned with drops
Diana
frog spawn covers
our little pond
Frank
white gleam
among the wood chips
cherry petal
Diana
the dawn chorus
starts whilst dreaming
Frank

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