footsteps stir the scent
Andre Surridge, 1951 – 2019
footsteps stir the scent
Andre Surridge, 1951 – 2019
The Polish haiku poet, Krzysztof Kokot, has begun an initiative to collect picture postcards from all over the world, on which (on the reverse side), the sender/author will post their haiku with a view to creating an exhibition of the postcards.
Send one postcard with a view of your city/region with the haiku on the back. The haiku should not be connected with the view on the postcard, but should reflect your homeland.
Write the haiku by hand. No envelopes please.
Contact Krzysztof Kokot for more information at: email@example.com
There were ten of us visited Torakina Park, at the mouth of the Brunswick River, to participate in the Cloudcatcher’s fifty-sixth ginko. It was very warm, but the sea breeze contributed to our comfort.
The site had been chosen in the hope that our beloved founder and patron, John Bird, who lives in this area, might have recovered sufficiently from his heart surgery last June to be able to join us. And he did! It was the first time for eighteen months, and our delight at having him with us once more was immense. Yes, he does carry some physical evidence of his long illness, but maintains that lovely smile, that wondrous voice, and a hug for each one as warm as ever! He involved himself in the readings, and from his lips we received some guiding words and concepts once again.
A request had been made that participants bring up to five haiku written since our last meeting, on the themes of bushfires, heat and the festive season. These were read in turn around the table, and readers and listeners noted any that warranted workshopping after the readings.
Nathalie Buckland focused our thoughts before we set off on the half hour ‘silence’, with these words: “I acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we stand today, and pay respect to all Elders past, present and emerging. This has always been a special place, where the river meets the sea. It is fitting that we gather here today, where our group had its first meeting. Also that the haiku we write are mainly focused on Nature. Walk with heightened awareness today.”
This was our fifteenth ginko at Torakina Park. However there were plenty of new images to be captured. School was back, and the antics of toddlers abounded. We had not previously seen a brush turkey climb a tree, or watched a turkey chick learning to roll in the sand, or spied a very large lady in a minuscule bikini or had a chorus of kookaburras singing so loudly that we had to stop talking as nobody could hear.
Poets had been asked to close their eyes at least once during the silence, and a number of worthy aural and olfactory images were recorded, with even a ‘tactile’ depiction of the sea on ageing legs.
We lunched together at the local hotel known as ‘The Bruns’, and are now conducting an email round-robin in which everyone is participating, even our newest (and very enthusiastic) writer, the seventy-ninth to experience the joy of a Cloudcatcher ginko.
Thursday 30 January 2020 report by Quendryth Young
Nathalie Buckland, John Bird, Quendryth Young.
Around the table from the left: John Bird, Quendryth Young, Vivien Royston, Gwyneth Trysant, Helen Davison, Heather Matthew, Norma Watts, Laurel Astle, Angela Smith, Nathalie Buckland.
Please join us for a ginko/haiku gathering, Wednesday 12th February 10am to 12 noon. The Lounge Room Café, 187 James Street, Guildford WA, in the historic Guildford township. There’s 2 hour parking in the back streets.Close to the Guildford Railway Station, too! See you there.
Administrators: Maureen Sexton, Barry Sanbrook, Rose Van Son, Samar Ghose, Tash Adams.
Yone Noguchi compares hokku to “a tiny star … carrying the whole sky at its back.” He compares an English poem to “a mansion with windows widely open, even the pictures of its drawing-room visible from the outside. It does not tempt me much to see the within.” He says, “simplicity and the power of suggestion offer a superior poetic form.”
Red River Book of Haibun Vol 1
A collection of 102 haibun by 61 poets from around the world, edited by Steve Hodge & Paresh Tiwari with illustrations by Ron C. Moss has recently been released. Most definitely a recommended read.
Further information and ordering details can be found here on Amazon.
It was encouraging to me as Convenor and a good start to the haiku year that all current members were present at our Summer meeting held on Tuesday 28th January. Previously our meeting dates were tailored to accommodate as many members as possible. This year however we will hold subsequent meetings on the third Tuesday of the month that begins each season so dates can be noted on calendars well in advance.
Continue reading “Illawong Haiku Group”
Six of us met at the State Library for a two-hour discussion and critique session. Members present were Maeve Archibald, Lynette Arden, Stella Damarjati, Margaret Fensom, Julia Wakefield and Steve Wigg. We had apologies from Marilyn Linn, Jane Harris and Dawn Colsey.
Stella led the session with some definitions and examples of wabi and sabi techniques, quoting Jane Reichhold, and then between us we tried to define the difference if any between the two concepts. Reichhold translates sabi as aged/loneliness, while she equates wabi with poverty. Continue reading “Report of January 25 Bindii Meeting.”
16 February – 15 March 2020
Belinda Broughton, Jesse Budel, Liz Butler, Deb Cantrill, Louise Feneley, Gaynor Hartvigsen, Melissa Hellwig, Heidi Kenyon, Aaron Poole, Evette Sunset, Laura Wills, Jo Wilmot.
In a heart-felt response to the current environmental crisis, Adelaide and regional artists explore transformative ways to mitigate the grief and disconnect associated with the passing of a once-familiar and trusted experience of ‘home’.
Click on the link below for the exhibition flyer with further information on opening night speakers, performances, exhibition hours, venue and location. Everyone is welcome.
Time: 11am – 4pm, Saturday 1 February, 2020
Venue: Immigration Museum 400 Flinders Street, Melbourne
Bid farewell to the long-running exhibition, Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World with a day of multilingual poetry hosted by members of the Australian Haiku Society. A number of poets who attended the opening of the exhibition will be there for the occasion.