Cloudcatchers: Ginko No.49 (autumn) Meldrum Park, Ballina

10 May, 2018

It is not easy to organise a ‘tidal flat’ ginko, as we have to find a low tide at mid-morning, on a Thursday (our chosen day) in the middle month of the season, not in school holidays. We have been waiting eighteen months for these conditions to coincide, but after two wet ginko, this date, for a number of months, had also been predicted as ‘raining’.
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Members’ News, April 2018

Welcome to our April news. It is most heartening to see that followers to our website continue to grow. Thank you all for your enthusiasm and support.

Autumn Haiga Kukai

Thanks to all contributors we have enjoyed another successful Autumn Haiga Kukai. Our gratitude also to Ron Moss for providing these images and for the considerable time and thought he puts into making selections.

The haiga image and accompanying haiku selected in the Seasonal category along with judge’s comments can be found here

First Place

laid to rest
her body sinking
into stone

Quendryth Young

Sometimes our creative gems emerge gradually and with the aid of conscious effort, at other times they seem to come all of a sudden and readymade. Both approaches are legitimate and most usually there are elements of both in the finished piece. Quendryth has kindly consented to sharing something of the back story to this winning haiku.
I entered the kukai, as I usually do, to support this AHS project, not expecting to hear anything more. This time it was done quite hurriedly, when I realised it was the day before closure. So I am rather stunned as I wrote this haiku in five seconds flat, in immediate response to Ron’s image . . . the words just tumbled out without much thought”. Quendryth Young

A flash of gold in the stream.

You can revisit all entries to the Seasonal category here. Continue reading “Members’ News, April 2018”

Illawong Haiku Group Autumn Ginko

The Illawong Autumn Ginko was held on 11 April 2018 at Como Pleasure Grounds, Como NSW. In attendance were Carol Reynolds, Margaret Mahony, Pat Meredith and Ros Pitt. We started with coffee at Blackfish Café overlooking beautiful Carina Bay. Later we sat in the grounds to discuss haiku written by us and others which resonated. Wandering alone for about half an hour we jotted down ideas and some wrote haiku. The day was glorious, nature at its best providing plenty of inspiration. We enjoyed a picnic lunch in the park and offered more haiku for critique, then said our goodbyes until next season. This is only our third meeting as we are a new group founded by Carol. Hopefully our numbers will grow.

New members and visitors welcome.

Contact Carol by email: carol@reynoldsengineering.com.au

Margaret Mahony

A Temple Bell Sounds – Review

A review by Maxianne Berger of the Australian publication “A Temple Bell Sounds: 108 tanka from the first twenty-one issues of Eucalypt: a tanka journal selected by the journal’s founding editor Beverley George” has been published in Gusts: Contemporary Tanka #27 spring/summer 2018 p.31.” With the permission of Gusts editor, Kozue Uzawa, [Canada] and the reviewer, you can read a copy on the Eucalypt web-site here.