The Australian Haiku Society welcomes contributions from haiku poets worldwide to the AHS Spring Equinox Haiku String 2020.
We will be holding a Haiku String during the day of the Southern Hemisphere Spring Equinox, which occurs in Australia on Tuesday, 22rd September 2020. The String will remain open for contributions until Thursday 25th September to accommodate international poets who may wish to take part. Contributions may be made on the website during these dates (not before).
Spring Equinox Haiku String – Instructions
AHS invites you to share with us your original haiku or senryu on the theme of ‘Early Spring’. We invite you to explore a multiplicity of ideas in the String without necessarily using the words ‘early spring’.
The haiku will be linked by the subject Early Spring. It is not necessary for each haiku to relate to the one before it.
Please contribute up to three of your best haiku or senryu.
Haiku should be posted in the comment box at the end of the post. Click on the header to go to the full post and find the comment box.
Haiku posted must be original work by the poet making the post. Please include your name below each haiku as you wish it to appear.
Posting your work in the AHS Spring Equinox Haiku String 2020 assumes the following:
Copyright of each haiku remains with the author. We request nonexclusive permission to publish your work on AHS website and to republish it in any future online collections on the AHS website.
xxxxxxfirst day of spring xxxxxxon someone’s shoulders xxxxxxa toddler
The spring meeting for the White Pebbles Haiku Group extended a little longer than is usual. The 12th of September flowed on to embrace the 12th – 21st of September, and that is so far!
All nine members commented on how much they enjoyed reading each others’ work.
Seven optional prompts were circulated to members well in advance of the scheduled email meeting date with the only firm request being that the seventh of these involving a painting, sketch or photograph were included. One of our members, who was travelling, wrote all of her verses in real time as she moved through diverse countryside locations — a haiku journey we all greatly enjoyed learning about. Carefully considered comments on all the submitted haiku were shared over the following days.
Positive and mutually supportive, as always, our members made sure our spring meeting was satisfying and very worthwhile.
And who knows? Perhaps our December meeting will again be held in the Gosford/Edogawa Gardens.
Group members Patricia Meredith, Alison Miller, Ros Pitt and Margaret Mahony met at Carol Reynolds lovely home at Illawong which is close to the bush and looking full of new life this Spring. Lana was unable to attend but we hope to see her at our Summer meeting.
On Sunday August 30 we met again on Zoom. Six of us attended: Julia Wakefield, Steve Wigg, Maeve Archibald, Stella Damarjati and Lynette Arden, as well as our esteemed interstate guest, Beverley George.
We had arranged at the previous meeting to put together another sequence, using the theme of ‘colour and light’. Each member was required to bring along between three and five haiku that they had written on this theme. This time we were much faster with our responses, and as we had two more people we had many more haiku to choose from. We endeavoured to take turns with each stanza in the sequence, but we found ourselves beginning to pick out the haiku that seemed to fit best, regardless of the order of contributors.
Eucalypt: a tanka journal is now open for submissions for issue 29. Please submit up to six original, unpublished tanka (only one will be selected) in the body of your email to email@example.com
Subscription details can be found here and further information about the tanka form can be read here.
Another delightful and inspiring time together! The setting capped the magic. For the first time in months we were seated outside again in weather that was balmy in its stillness. Spring flowers coloured the surrounding garden, an especially eye-catching display of violets and grape hyacinths beneath the silver trunk of a birch. Music was provided by currawongs, magpies and miners (volume up!) as our lunch orders arrived.