Eucalypt Anthology Book Launch and New Editor

On the morning of February 18th 2017, the upstairs room in the Children’s Bookshop at Beecroft, Sydney, was abuzz with the voices of sixty people who had come together to celebrate two very special events.

The first, was the launch of A Temple Bell Sounds, a commemorative anthology of 108 tanka from the first twenty-one issues of Eucalypt: a tanka journal, selected by the journal’s founding editor Beverley George.  Beverley had, over several weeks, read and reread each issue comprising 2576 poems and lovingly put together a beautifully crafted anthology of fine work, honed by 108 poets over ten years Continue reading “Eucalypt Anthology Book Launch and New Editor”

Report on Ginko With Lysenko #30, Summer in the Park

Participants: Takanori Hayakawa, Anne M Carson, Rory Hudon, Carolyn Leach-Paholski, Myron Lysenko. Also present: Tony Smith, photographer.

The weather was hot and humid, the grass was blonde (which was how one of the poets described it) and the river was low. There were fewer people in the park than I’d thought there would be. But still, five poets and a photographer gathered at a café deep in the middle of the park to engage in haiku activities and discussions. Continue reading “Report on Ginko With Lysenko #30, Summer in the Park”

Cloudcatchers Ginko No. 44 (summer)

Skate Park, Ballina NSW    Thursday 2 February 2016 

After recent ginko at a coastal lake, an inland creek, and a pocket of rainforest, a return to the ocean seemed appropriate for the Cloudcatchers’ summer ginko. A summer gathering it was indeed, with a temperature of 37ºC in the shade.

The heat featured in many first drafts, but a gentle sea breeze did soften the intensity of our discomfort. The venue was the Skate Park in Ballina, where North Creek empties into the Richmond River, in sight of the river mouth. Continue reading “Cloudcatchers Ginko No. 44 (summer)”