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.”
Thursday 13 July 2017
The Cloudcatchers’ winter ginko was held on Thursday 13 July 2017 in the rainforest remnant at Victoria Park, just outside Alstonville, on the Far North Coast of NSW. It turned out to be a day of sunshine, though a bit chilly, and there were nine of us to delight in it. Our topic of the day was: ‘Let’s consider assonance’ – which we did with various examples and some discussion. Continue reading “Cloudcatchers Ginko No. 46 (Winter)”
A collaboration between Vanessa Proctor and Gregory Piko, Blowing up Balloons, is a collection of 90 haiku and senryu about the experience of becoming and being a parent. The moments shared relate to the stages in a child’s life from the first hint of pregnancy:
distracted the curve of a new moon
to the early years of childhood:
bathtime / they re-enact the sinking/ of the titanic
walking home from ballet/ my daughter pirouettes/ through the blossom
These sensitive and tender poems evoke a sense of wonder and amazement that bringing a new life into the world gives rise to, and of the joy that can be found in the presence of these little human beings entrusted to our care. The opening haiku perfectly encapsulates this: Continue reading “Blowing up Balloons – review”
Tuesday 11 July 2017
One by one, from the chill of Canberra’s winter we entered the warmth of the National Library. At Greg’s suggestion we gathered here this time, instead of our usual venue at The Oaks – and not only because it was cosier! We had come to view the Library’s current exhibition Melodrama in Meiji Japan. Continue reading “Haiku @ The Oaks, Canberra”
the quality of moonlight
Els van Leeuwen
Catch up on the latest news from Eucalypt, including the Scribble Awards for the previous issue. There is an interesting item in the newsletter on ‘Book Spine Tanka’ – looks like a lot of fun and you might want to give it a try. You’ll also find information here on some recent publications featuring Australian poets as well as news of a new tanka journal, International Tanka, from Japan. To read more click here.
Submissions for the next issue of Eucalypt – A Tanka Journal close on September 30th.
I would like to welcome Lyn Reeves as the new Vice President of the Australian Haiku Society. Lyn has been involved in the Society since its inception and brings a great deal of experience to the role.
I would like to thank Lynette Arden, our outgoing Vice President, for the huge amount of work she has done for the AHS over the past four and a half years. She has been very dedicated to her role as Vice President and has made a lasting contribution to the Society. We are fortunate that she will remain involved in the AHS in her capacity as Web Manager.
Vanessa Proctor, AHS President