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Bernard Lionel Einbond

Bernard Lionel Einbond

May 19, 1937 - August 14, 1998

Born in New York, Bernard Lionel Einbond earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1956, his Masters in 1960, and his PhD in 1966 from Columbia University where one of his professors was Mark Van Doren. He was an Associate Professor of English at Lehman College in the Bronx, New York. He also taught at Hunter College and Columbia University.
     Einbond's non-haiku poetry was widely published, beginning in 1960. After becoming familiar with haiku, he was a charter member of The Haiku Society of America. He served as its vice president in 1972 and its president in 1975, and was a major contributor in the production of A Haiku Path: The Haiku Society of America 1968-1988 (Haiku Society of America, Inc., 1994). His haiku, too, was widely published and frequently anthologized. He won the Grand Prize in the now-historic 1987-88 Japan Air Lines English Haiku Contest for residents of Canada and the United States, out of more than 40,000 entries. His prize included a trip to Japan for this haiku:

     frog pond—
     a leaf falls in
     without a sound

Each year, in his honor, the Haiku Society of America sponsors The Bernard Lionel Einbond Renku Competition.

Awards and Other Honors: :   [an incomplete list] Keats Poetry Prize (Britain, 1975); Grand Prize, Japan Air Lines International Haiku Contest (1987-88); Second Prize, Haiku Society of America Merit Book Award for books published 1978-1980; work selected for The Haiku Anthology 1 [edited by Cor Van den Heuvel] (Doubleday 1974) and 3 (W.W. Norton 1999); Mirrors International Tanka Award (1990); Second Prize, Mainichi Daily News Contest (1998).

Books Published: Samuel Johnson's Allegory (Moulton, 1971); The Coming Indoors and Other Poems (Charles E. Tuttle, Rutland, Vermont 1979); The Tree As it Is - New and Selected Haiku Poetry (Red Moon Press, 1999); Crestwood Lake (Red Moon Press, 2003).

Selected Work
 
In Coney Island
longing for Coney Island—
the boy I once was.
 
The sound the rain makes
on top of my umbrellas
pit-y—that—wet—cat.
 
 
 
the thousand colors
in her pale brown hair—
morning sunshine
 
the coming indoors
on a wintry afternoon —
the breath of a child
 
 
 
The white of her neck
as she lifts her hair for me
to undo her dress
 
Rising in darkness,
I put on the kitchen light
to coax the sun up.
 
 
 
In full bloom,
a bourgeoisie of flowers—
August is the smuggest month.
 
peeling an apple
in an unbroken spiral —
year’s end
 
 
 
leaves frayed on its boughs—
not for fruit or for blossom—
the tree as it is
 
the silence between
the lightning and the thunder—
everything waits
 
 

Credits: "frog pond" - Grand Prize, Japan Air Lines International Haiku Contest (1987-88); Frogpond 12:2 (1989); Haiku Moment: An Anthology of Contemporary North American Haiku [edited by Bruce Ross] (Charles E. Tuttle, 1993); A Haiku Path: The Haiku Society of America 1968-1988 (Haiku Society of America, Inc., 1994); Frogpond 21:3 (1998); The Haiku Anthology 3 [edited by Cor Van den Heuvel] (W.W. Norton 1999); The Tree As it Is - New and Selected Haiku Poetry (Red Moon Press, 1999); Frogpond 29:2 (2006) [in article "Western Uses of Kigo" by Paul Miller]; big sky: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2006 (Red Moon Press, 2007) [in article "Western Uses of Kigo" by Paul Miller]; The Classic Tradition of Haiku: An Anthology [edited by Faubion Bowers] (Dover Publications (2012); "In Coney Island" - American Haiku 6:1 (1968); The Coming Indoors and Other Poems (Charles E. Tuttle, Rutland, Vermont 1979); "the thousand colors" - The Coming Indoors and Other Poems (Charles E. Tuttle, Rutland, Vermont 1979); Haiku Moment: An Anthology of Contemporary North American Haiku [edited by Bruce Ross] (Charles E. Tuttle, 1993); Dreams Wander: Haiku Society of America Members’ Anthology (HSA 1994); Haiku Compass: Directions in the Poetical Map of the United States of America [edited by William J. Higginson] (Haiku International Association, 1994); The Haiku Seasons: Poetry of the Natural World [edited by William J. Higginson], first edition from Kodansha International, 1996; second edition Berkeley: Stone Bridge Press, 2008); The Haiku Anthology 3 [edited by Cor Van den Heuvel] (W.W. Norton 1999); The Tree As it Is - New and Selected Haiku Poetry (Red Moon Press, 1999); "The white of her neck" - Haiku Magazine 2:3 (1968); The Coming Indoors and Other Poems (Charles E. Tuttle, Rutland, Vermont 1979); Modern Haiku 10:3 [review] (1979); The Haiku Anthology 1 [edited by Cor Van den Heuvel] (Doubleday 1974) and 3 (W.W. Norton 1999); "In full bloom" - The Coming Indoors and Other Poems (Charles E. Tuttle, Rutland, Vermont 1979); "leaves frayed on its boughs" - The Tree As it Is - New and Selected Haiku Poetry (Red Moon Press, 1999); "The sound the rain makes" - Haiku West 1:2 (1968); "the coming indoors" - The Coming Indoors and Other Poems (Charles E. Tuttle, Rutland, Vermont 1979); "Rising in darkness" - American Haiku 6:2 (1968); The Coming Indoors and Other Poems (Charles E. Tuttle, Rutland, Vermont 1979); "peeling an apple" - Second Prize, Mainichi Daily News Contest (1998); snow on the water: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 1998 (Red Moon Press, 1999); "the silence between" - Frogpond 21:3 (1998); The Tree As it Is - New and Selected Haiku Poetry (Red Moon Press, 1999) [selected by the author as his death poem].

Sources Biography: A Haiku Path: The Haiku Society of America 1968-1988 (Haiku Society of America, Inc., 1994); The Haiku Anthology 1 [edited by Cor Van den Heuvel] (Doubleday 1974); Frogpond XXI:3 (1998); and various internet notes. Appreciation is also due to Charles Trumbull for assistance in gathering representative haiku and publication credits.

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