Watersmeet Spring Ginko

Saturday 5th November  10.30 am, Cascade Gardens Hobart.

We are a little late with our Spring ginko, but hopefully the winds and the rain will have eased in two weeks’ time when we plan to meet at the bottom end of Cascade Gardens, near the play area. There is a car park at the entrance from MacRobie’s Rd, and a smaller one at the top near the brewery.

We will have a choice of walking up into the gardens, taking side-tracks and/or walking part of the Linear Track along the Rivulet. Afterwards it’s a short walk or drive to Hamlet Coffee Shop where we can share our haiku drafts and discuss the article by Ferris Gill on Seasoning your Haiku; perhaps you’d also like to bring your own ideas for season words. Continue reading “Watersmeet Spring Ginko”

Ginko With Lysenko #29 (End of Spring)

Event: Ginko with Lysenko #29 (end of Spring).
Date: Sunday, 20th November, 2016
Location: St Kilda Botanical Gardens, Herbert St, St Kilda, Victoria.
Time: Gather at 10.45 a.m.
Items needed: Walking shoes; things to write with.
Cost: $30 ($20 concession).
Food: Bring a picnic lunch.
Guidelines/ support: Group leader Myron Lysenko will provide a handout detailing haiku techniques. Together the group will then create, share and workshop haiku in a friendly and supportive environment.
Suitability: Appropriate for both beginners and experienced haiku poets.
Enquiries: myronpoet@hotmail.com

Poetry in Japanese forms in Canberra

Translator, editor and poet Amelia Fielden facilitated two significant poetry events in Canberra on Friday, October 14, and Saturday, October 15. Held at Manning Clark House, the first was an engaging launch of two poetry books in Japanese-derived verse forms, “Colouring In” (featuring tanka exchanges by Amelia herself, as well as by Gerry Jacobson, each working in collaboration with American poets); and “Poems To Wear”, a collection largely comprised by tanka – but with numerous haiku also included – exploring the theme of clothing/ apparel. The second event – held at the Australian National University – was an Australia/ Japan Tanka Workshop, where the first of two discussion sessions was led by Amelia Fielden, supported by Japanese poetry expert Noriko Tanaka and Dr. Carol Hayes (from ANU’s Japan Institute). Giving feedback on tanka strings/ sequences offered anonymously in advance, the afternoon session – likewise rewarding – was co-ordinated by Kathy Kituai, facilitator of the Limestone Poets Group.
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Cloudcatchers Ginko No.43 (spring)

Thursday Plantation, Ballina NSW

Thursday 13 October 2016

In spite of the ginko being held in the middle month of spring, there was a cool wind at the tea tree plantation. Nine poets, two of them experiencing a ginko for the first time, gathered at this venue on the outskirts of Ballina. Here an ancient rainforest remnant has become a site for sculptural installations, creating an intriguing composite of natural and man-made objects: the strangler figs so old, so huge; the vines so long, so high; and the art works at times incongruous among them. Continue reading “Cloudcatchers Ginko No.43 (spring)”

Poems to Wear

Poems to Wear: from Japan and Australia

Selections and commentary by Noriko Tanaka, translations by Amelia Fielden and Saeko Ogi
Ginninderra Press, 2016

“Poems to Wear is a wonderful collection – brilliantly conceived, beautifully written . . . Part 1 contains haiku and tanka by modern and contemporary Japanese poets and Part 2 contains haiku and tanka by Australian poets.  The poets are at their imaginative best . . .  they collect observations from the world of attire and present the reader with poems both thought provoking and a pleasure to read . . . the result is vivid work, animated and illuminated . . .”

(from the blurb)   Patricia Prime, editor of Kokako Continue reading “Poems to Wear”