Cloudcatchers Ginko No. 46 (Winter)

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)”

Blowing up Balloons – review

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”

Eucalypt eNewsletter July 2017

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.

A New Vice President for the Australian Haiku Society

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