Long Shadows by Jane Gibian

With inspiration drawn from Australia and Vietnam, Long Shadows by Jane Gibian is currently being featured as Book of the Week by The Haiku Foundation. In Island, Judith Beveridge wrote that, “Jane Gibian has a delicate and intuitive style…and her haiku brilliantly express the transient, fleeting nature of experience and perception.”

sidesaddle on the bicycle
one plastic shoe not quite
. . . . . . . . . . . .slipping off

on the street of hairclips
buckets of pink crabs
boil in their shells

at dawn
each rosebud wrapped
in damp twists of newspaper


You can download the book here as a PDF archived in THF Digital Library.

Results of the Australian Haiku Society Summer Solstice 2019 Haiga Kukai: Seasonal

Ron Moss


1st Place

fiery sunset
a single red blossom
on the blackened branch

Louise Hopewell


There is no doubt that the weather is changing and that there is a climate emergency upon us. In Australia the records keep being broken, records of storms, high temperatures, low rainfall, and continuous drought, all of which have beset our beautiful country. I chose this photograph, which I captured on a recent deployment in Queensland fighting the bushfires with other Tasmanian crews, to use for the seasonal image for the Kukai. The fire was out of control and burning over the surrounding mountains. I was looking for haiku that worked with the power of the image to bring us an emotional connection. Louise has captured very well the danger of the scene, but she has also expressed an overwhelming feeling of hope. Things have their time and place, but there will be rebirth. A lot to pack into a one-breath three line haiku, but I think it has been achieved very well indeed and so I would like to award it a worthy first place. Continue reading “Results of the Australian Haiku Society Summer Solstice 2019 Haiga Kukai: Seasonal”

Results of the Australian Haiku Society Summer Solstice 2019 Haiga Kukai: Non-Seasonal

Non Seasonal
Ron Moss


1st Place


painted cow –
the village boy’s makeup
still taboo

Isabel Caves


This haiku appealed for the mystery that it evokes along with the brightly coloured display cow. Who is the boy and what is his life like shrouded in what is still seen as taboo? It seems very much a social comment about the changing times and attitudes we have towards each other. Good haiga are when the haiku and image combine to create something more than their individual parts. I think this combination leads us to examine our thinking, and how there can be change for the better. Continue reading “Results of the Australian Haiku Society Summer Solstice 2019 Haiga Kukai: Non-Seasonal”

Members’ News, December 2019

Summer Solstice Haiga Kukai

The Australian Haiku Society Summer Solstice Haiga Kukai for 2019 has concluded and selections by Ron Moss have been made and will be announced soon. Thank you so much to everyone who took part. And thanks again to Ron for creating the images and for judging the competition, our gratitude is ongoing. Feel free to revisit the contributions for both the Seasonal and Non-seasonal categories if you wish.
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Twenty-first Bowerbird Tanka Group Meeting

The twenty-first Bowerbird Tanka group meeting was celebrated on 30th November 2019, in the Crommelin Arboretum at Pearl Beach. Again it was heart-warming to note how far poets will travel to explore and share the poetic genre of tanka.

In addition to a presentation by Michael Thorley on shasei, and a ginko relevant to this, appraisals by three poets of a tanka they particularly enjoy, written by someone they have not met were shared and helped us to explore the more distant national scene as well as the international one.
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