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Prior Notification of AHS Spring 2017 Haiga Kukai

The Australian Haiku Society is delighted to announce that it will be holding a Haiga Kukai on the spring equinox 2017. Two images by Ron Moss will be displayed on the AHS website from 22nd September and poets are invited to submit one previously unpublished haiku inspired by each image from that time until 29th September. Ron will then select the winning haiku which will be displayed on the AHS website.

Please note that if more than one haiku per image is submitted by any individual, only the first haiku sent will be considered.

Submissions will only be accepted if entered in the comments section, which can be found at the bottom of the post.

By entering the competition, entrants agree to make their haiku available for use on the AHS website, although the copyright will remain with the author.

No correspondence will be entered into regarding winning entries.

Please make sure that your name appears on your entry as you would like to see it on the website.

 

The 2017 AFL Grand Final Haiku Kukai

On Saturday 30th September, two teams will play off in the Australian Football League (AFL) Grand Final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. To celebrate this famous day on the Australian sporting calendar, haiku poets from all over the world are once again invited to take part in a real-time footy haiku kukai for the duration of the match.

This will be the 6th year this event has been staged, after Rob Scott, Myron Lysenko and other haiku enthusiasts spontaneously started writing haiku over social media during the 2012 grand final. The event has grown steadily over the years and last year more than 60 die-hard poets from around the globe participated, producing a record 200+ haiku. That’s about one haiku every 30 seconds of the game – virtually a call of the game in haiku!

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Red Kelpie Haiku Group Meeting # 13

Haruo Shirane’s ‘vertical axis’ continues to prompt members of the RKHG to find and query examples. Those who’ve read Bashō’s Oku no Hosomichi (奥の細道, originally おくのほそ道) (translated variously as Journey to the Interior, Narrow Road to the Interior and Narrow Road to the Deep North) will be familiar with at least one version of the opening passage, itself an homage to the work of the Chinese poet, Du Fu:

“The months and days are the travellers of eternity. The years that come and go are also voyagers. Those who float away their lives on ships or who grow old leading horses are forever journeying and their homes are wherever their travels take them.” (Trans. Donald Keene)

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Haiku and I Are Old Friends: by Jacqui Murray

by Jacqui Murray, Patron

We go back a long way. I love them, I trust them, I embrace them and i turn to them for joy, inspiration, comfort and reassurance. Haiku are for staying in touch with, for visiting time and time again, for remembering, for bringing alive old friends, including those that are no longer with us. Haiku speak to me and they touch me. As through John Knight’s

at the airport
wrapped in that last kiss
the still blue sky

Here John, who loved love, captures the essence of great haiku – conveying insight into a special moment best summed up by the early American haiku poet, J W Hackett:

Lifefulness, not beauty, is the real quality of haiku.

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Red Dragonflies’ Spring Meeting, 2017

The Red Dragonflies’ spring meeting, led by Vanessa Proctor, was hosted by Dawn Bruce. Also present were Cynthia Rowe, Bill Tibben and Beverley George.

We all enjoyed the challenge of writing to season-related topics and sharing helpful critiquing of our haiku, some of which were presented anonymously. There was much laughter along with renewed enthusiasm for this diminutive but challenging genre and we all look forward to our summer meeting in December.

Beverley George

Jumble Box

A new international anthology of haiku & senryu has just been released. Jumble Box, edited by Michael Dylan Welch and featuring the art of Ron C. Moss contains work from 100 poets. This anthology grew out of the many submissions to the National Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo) received in February 2017 including selections from seven Australians; Belinda Broughton, Samar Ghose,   Jayashree  Maniyil, Marietta McGregor,  Rowena McGregor, Ron C. Moss and Rosemary Nissen-Wade.

Jumble Box - cover

In the introduction, Opening the Jumble Box, Michael Dylan Welch writes; “One of my favorite quotations about haiku is by R. H. Blyth: “Haiku is a hand beckoning, a door half-opened, a mirror wiped clean. It is a way of returning to nature, to our moon nature, our cherry blossom nature, our falling leaf nature, in short, to our Buddha nature.” This observation reminds us that haiku points to a source. . .  The following poems emerged as some of the best from many thousands written for NaHaiWriMo in 2017. I shared a short list of about 400 selections with Tasmanian artist Ron C. Moss, who chose one poem for each day of the month. In response, he  created twenty-eight original haiga—a painting for each poem he selected, with the poem added in calligraphy. He also created the cover art, and suggested the book’s title, from a poem by Greg Longenecker. Surely the many ways we write haiku are like a jumble box—and as with a box of chocolates, you never know what you’ll discover.”

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