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Brendon Kent

Brendon Kent

February 1, 1958 - February 24, 2024

Brendon Kent, British haiku and haiga poet who used to work at various jobs, including producing wind turbines. He was a member of the British Haiku Society and the World Haiku Association; served as an online English Haiku Instructor at Haiku University (Tokyo) and as Assistant Editor of the Facebook page My Haiku Pond; Editor (with Michael Smeer) of Spirits Up! selected haiku, senryu & haiga, My Haiku Pond, The Netherlands 2020-2021He garnered success in international haiku competitions, notably the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Contest, International Section (Best International Haiku (2015), Sakura Award (2017, 2019), and Honourable Mention (2018, 2019); the Golden Haiku Contest in Washington, D.C. (Honorable Mentions in 2018, 2019, 2020, and twice in 2021), his haiku “sumi-e painting” won the 12th Polish International Haiku Contest 2022. Kent was also listed in The European Top 100 most creative haiku authors in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2019. In 2018 Kent published his haiku collection moon on water.
Brendon passed away peacefully on February 24, 2024.

february winds . . .
the unknown destinations
of leaves and sparrows


Brendon Kent ― Yanty's Butterfly Anthology, 2016

no roses―
we exchange
ourselves


Valentine’s Day Haiku by Brendon Kent Haikuniverse February 14, 2024

Awards and Other Honors:

Best International Haiku, Vancouver Cherry Blossom Haiku Invitational 2015; Golden Triangle Haiku Award, (Washington DC) March 2018; The 12th Polish International Haiku Competition (PIHC) 2022 - First Prize.

Books Published:

Illustrated haiku: - green leaves (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platf., 2014); moon on water, Alba Publishing, 2018; Navigating Moons, Poems of a cancer journey, e-book 2024.


Work Anthologised:
Yanty’s Butterfly: Haiku Nook: An Anthology, ed. Jacob D. Salzer (Lulu.com, 2016); Ekphrasis: The British Haiku Society Members’ Anthology (2017); A Hole in the Light (Red Moon Press, 2018); World Haiku Anthology ed. Ban'ya Natsuishi: No. 14 (2018); No.15 (2019); No. 16 (2020); No. 17 (2021); No. 19 (2023); Wind Flowers (Red Moon Press, 2019); All the Way Home: Aging in Haiku (ed. Robert Epstein, Middle Island Press, 2019); Half A Rainbow: Haiku Nook: An Anthology, ed. Jacob D. Salzer (Lulu Press 2020); Temple: The British Haiku Society Members’ Anthology (2021); Desert Rain: Haiku Nook: An Anthology: Volume I (Haiku & Senryu), Volume II (Tanka) & Volume III (Haibun), ed. Jacob D. Salzer (Lulu.com 2022)

Selected Work
 
custody battle
the divorce paper's
bullet points
 
dark matter the dreams I cling to
 
 
 
cherry blossoms
falling
in love again
 
cold moon
a crow shifts into
its shadow
 
 
 
toy soldiers
the grandkids playing
refugees
 
winter stars
the neighbour's cat
pausing too
 
 
 
how fragile
our eggshell minds . . .
moon on water
 
turning crows
the distance smokes
a yellow tractor
 
 
 
every moon out of my hands stardust i return to
 
sumi-e painting 
a crow breaks
the snow’s silence
 
 

Credits:

"custody battle" - Modern Haiku vol. 46.3 (Autumn 2015); failed haiku Vol. 1, Issue 1 (2016); Yanty's Butterfly Anthology (2016); "dark matter" - Blithe Spirit vol. 25.3 (2015); failed haiku Vol. 1, Issue 1 (2016); Yanty's Butterfly Anthology (2016); moon on water, Alba Publishing (2018); "cherry blossoms" - Best International Haiku, Vancouver Cherry Blossom Haiku Invitational (2015); "cold moon" - Blithe Spirit vol. 26.1 (2016); moon on water, Alba Publishing (2018); "toy soldiers" - The Mainichi The Best Haiku in English (2016); failed haiku Vol. 1, Issue 1 (2016); "winter stars" - Blithe Spirit vol. 26.1 (2016); Haiku Reality 12:20 (2015); Under the Bashō [Personal Best] (2015); Yanty's Butterfly Anthology (2016); moon on water, Alba Publishing (2018); „how fragile” - Haiku Reality 12:20 (2015); Under the Bashō [Personal Best] (2015); Yanty's Butterfly Anthology (2016); moon on water, Alba Publishing (2018); “turning crows” - Sonic Boom Issue 3 (2015); Yanty's Butterfly Anthology (2016); Haiku Reality 12:20 (2015); Under the Bashō [Personal Best] (2015); moon on water, Alba Publishing (2018);"every moon" - Navigating Moons (2024); moon on water, Alba Publishing (2018); “sumi-e painting” - First Place, 12th PIHC (2022).

Additional Reading:


train delays ...
the station cat's eyes
open and close
(Brendon Kent ― Under the Bashō 2017; moon on water (Alba Publishing 2018); Troutswirl, The Haiku Foundation's blog, in Per Diem / Haiku of the Day (May 6, 2021).

moon on water reviewed by Jay Friedenberg, Frogpond vol. 43:1, 2018, page 138;
Haiku by Brendon Kent on Christina Chin's blog;
Brendon Kent Poems

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