Windfall: Australian Haiku Issue 9, 2021 – Review

Review by Simon Hanson

How fortunate we are to have a journal like Windfall: Australian Haiku, showcasing as it does, the best of Australian haiku— bringing together familiar and new voices (and the new voices are exciting). This issue, like those before it celebrates many and varied aspects of Australian life in its country, coastal, urban and domestic settings accompanied by a host of perceptive observations around season, landform, flora and fauna and the lives of people.

we slow our stroll
to another time
outback town

Glenys Ferguson

perching magpie
the blackened stump
seamed with ash

Gavin Austin

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Preliminary Announcement: Winter Solstice Haiku String 2021

The Australian Haiku Society welcomes contributions from haiku poets worldwide to the Winter Solstice Haiku String.

We will be holding the Haiku String during the day of the Southern Hemisphere Winter Solstice, which occurs in Australia this year on Monday 21st June, 2021. The String will remain open for contributions until Monday 28th June to accommodate international poets who may wish to take part. Contributions may be made on the website during these dates only (not before).

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White Pebbles Haiku Group Winter 2021

At our winter meeting the seven members who attended were joined by two welcome guests, Carol Reynolds and Margaret Mahony. Another member, Samantha Hyde, although unable to be present, sent a completed worksheet well ahead of time and we were glad to include her valued poetry in our workshopping session.

As always we met at 10 a.m. for coffee and informal chat before heading off at precisely 10:30 on our ginko. The weather was cold but fine and the garden so delightful to view from the many aspects its winding pathway affords. A large Japanese maple stirring in the breeze drew the attention of every poet.

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Members’ News, May 2021

Golden jelly cones, Guepiniopsis alpina (fungi) Tasmania: photo by Simon Hanson

Welcome to our May Members’ Newsletter; can you believe it, June already. This is a fairly thin edition and I am bound to have missed some of the many happenings that have occurred over the last month (my apologies). Please feel free to send us any potentially newsworthy items, I know there is a lot of interesting stuff going on out there that we don’t always hear about.

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Fringe Myrtles Haiku Meeting, May 2021

Finally, after 1 year, 5 months and 17 days (534 days!) the Fringe Myrtles were able to kiss Zoom meetings goodbye and meet toe-to-toe at the glorious Melbourne Botanical Gardens. You could not wipe the smile from our faces as we gathered along with throngs of other sun-seeking Melbournians on a glorious autumn afternoon at the Tea House Terrace, situated opposite the Ornamental Lake. It was like a dream.

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