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2012 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: 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 200720062005 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001

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

 


 

2012

Yu Chang, Schenectady, New York
Paul Miller, Bristol, Rhode Island
 Judges' Commentary for 2012

Grand Prize Award:

"Stolen Pearls"
by
Ron C. Moss, Tasmania, Australia
Paul W. MacNeil, Onawa, Maine
Matthew Paul, London, England
Ferris Gilli, Marietta, Georgia

 

 


2012 Bernard Lionel Einbond Award for Renku

Grand Prize Award:

"Stolen Pearls"



"Stolen Pearls"
by
Ron C. Moss, Tasmania, Australia
Paul W. MacNeil, Onawa, Maine
Matthew Paul, London, England
Ferris Gilli, Marietta, Georgia

oh frogs!
you sang all through
the frosty night

Ron

Adeste Fideles loudly
from the shower stall

Paul

along the pavement
the old bull terrier
strains on the leash

Matthew

confetti and high-fives
as Wall Street celebrates

Ferris

a boy and his dad
burn leaf piles under
a southern moon

Ron

I pack up for the day
in cover of darkness

Matthew

hunks of husks
ripped to get precious kernels
wrapped in silk

Paul

when she unlaces her bodice
the stolen pearls drop out

Ferris

greeting me with
“the kids are staying with friends”
and a kiss

Paul

last ride in the Tunnel of Love
free with spooky horror

Ron

Mother maintains
there’s plenty more fish
in the sea

Matthew

rich-smelling lamp oil
made from blubber
Ferris
could that be sweat
dripping from the Man
in the Moon
Paul
the towpath shadowed
by purple loosestrife
Matthew
on every page
this author’s extravagance
with ornate phrases
Ferris
our verbal stoush
as we fight for the football
Ron
the twister leaves
a pale magnolia petal
waving on its branch
Ferris
not drowning, but hard-going:
the year’s first dip
Matthew
nesting swallows
in the kayak shed
soaked with rain
Ron
the magician’s sword
high above his open mouth
Paul
I conjure up
a mental picture
of her loveliness
Matthew
we hold hands softly
as the lights dim down
Ron

from the ceiling
below the honeymoon suite
a chandelier trembles

Feris
frozen fog evenly spread
through the churchyard
Paul
hard to believe that
she went to Hell, Michigan,
to escape the cold
Ferris
I enter a room
filled with strangers
Matthew
the librarian
points to a sign:
“Shhhhh"
Paul
the glow of an ipad
in the parking lot
Ron
the moon’s corona
pours its whiteness
over the heath
Matthew
we play dice for money
as the scarecrow stares
Ron
dreams and snake eyes
mingling
in the witch’s mortar
Ferris
new building rises
a course of brick after another
Paul
the giant contrails
of space shuttle Atlantis
for the final time
Ron
a pine needle drops
from a scrolled fern
Paul
in the shade
of the plum blossom
she resumes her knitting
Matthew
another tale spun
from the garden swing
Ferris

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