the blown silk
the blown silk
Sandra Simpson has had her commentary on a fascinating haiku by Hansha Teki selected as winner of The Haiku Foundation’s weekly re:Virals feature and has in turn selected a haiku by Lorin Ford for this coming week’s consideration.
a last year’s lambskin where mushrooms gather dusk
— Lorin Ford, First Place, Katikati Haiku Contest (2014)
You are invited to comment on any haiku posted in re:Virals and selected commentaries will be posted in part or in full on the THF website along with the opportunity to select the next haiku for consideration. Comments need to be sent to The Haiku Foundation Contact box by Tuesday midnight (Eastern US Time Zone).
the bush comes alive
with dreamtime stories
. . . . . . . Madhuri Pillai
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On a very cold, windy day, with the forecast of an approaching storm, we were pleased to welcome seven members for the haibun workshop presented by Maeve Archibald at the Box Factory, 59 Regent St South, Adelaide.
The workshop commenced at 12.30.
Maeve Archibald presented a detailed workshop, starting with an exploration of the varieties of haibun being written and then suggesting various ways of approaching the construction of a haibun. Maeve accompanied this with a succession of stimulus exercises.
Maeve has supplied a detailed description of her haibun workshop. See below the report on the meeting. Continue reading “Report on Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group meeting: 5 August 2017”
July is behind us and August lies before, what opportunities await . . .
A Haiku Story
In this segment we are intending to share the background and history to a particular haiku so as to gain some understanding of the haiku’s origin, a window on how one haiku came to be. If you have an engaging story and would like to share it we’d be very interested to hear it; send it to me via the email secretary link on the main page of the website – there is the possibility we may be able to include it in the next Members’ News.
Our Haiku Story this week comes in the form of a haibun from Beverley George and concerns a haiku that was first published on the Australian Haiku Society Winter Solstice String, June 2017.
On my third visit to Garyu Sanso, (crouching dragon) villa, I am in the congenial company of a small group of Australian travellers. With a guide, we climb stone steps beside the Hiji River and enter the thatch-roofed building; marvel at the moon window, the exquisite openwork carvings depicting the seasons and the views from the rear deck of the gently landscaped garden that leads down to a tea-hut. Our guide points out the master carpenters’ signatures etched into a few nail heads in a section of the wooden decking. She tells of the clay pots buried beneath the earth under the house that enhance the quality of music played there on festive occasions.
We walk towards the tea hut, everyone concentrating on the guide’s words, and making occasional notes as she describes the botan moss that turns from white to green when scooped water is tipped on to it, and the living yew that supports one corner of the hut.
There is a sudden diversion. Everyone’s attention switches to a tiny creature on a bed of moss. The mouse is unperturbed by the huddle of strangers that surrounds it and continues to preen and nibble rather than hide beneath adjacent fern.
a mouse perched on moss
halts the guided garden tour –
ten cameras flash
(Garyu Sanso (Crouching Dragon) house, Ozu, Ehime Prefecture, Shikoku, Japan
Recent document links to the website
The Australian Haiku Society has recently placed links to the historically important First Australian Haiku Anthology: Bird, John and Bostok, Janice M. Converted to PDF format by The Haiku Foundation and available in their Digital Library, and; The Dreaming Collection: Bird, John. Converted to PDF format by The Haiku Foundation and available in their Digital Library.
through the leaves
weaving a pattern in the wind
along a backroad
the colourful company
July is a busy month for haiku submissions. Here is a list of places seeking haiku submissions that all have deadlines of 31st July. Please be sure to check the details and guidelines on the sites before sending your work. So brush up those haiku, senryu, haibun and tanka and get your entries in. And the best of luck to you! Continue reading “A Week to go! Closing 31 July.”