Introducing Thoughts on Haiku

Welcome to a new series of postings – Haiku Thoughts – where you will find words from Basho to present day poets and thinkers on what they perceive haiku to be. We hope their words may be a source of inspiration and deepen our understanding of the nature and possibilities of the essence and nature of haiku.

The series will appear every second Wednesday, beginning today with words by Lucien Stryk, noted poet and translator, in his introduction to Cage of Fireflies: modern Japanese haiku.

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Haiku at its best is an art in which the poet takes a natural, most ordinary event, and without fuss, ornament or inflated words makes of it a rare moment – sparsely rendered, crystalized into a microcosm which reveals transcendent unity.                  Lucien Stryk

 

Cage of Fireflies: modern Japanese haiku, tr. Lucien Stryk, Swallow Press, Ohio University Press, Athens, 1993

 

White Pebbles Haiku Group – Spring 2019

For our Spring Meeting at the Gosford/Edogawa Commemorative Gardens and Regional Gallery at East Gosford we were greeted by sunny skies and an occasional cool wind. The gardens were adorned with colourful azaleas and delicate fronds of mauve wisteria contrasting with the manicured green bushes that form an integral part of this tranquil area.

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Red Dragonflies’ Spring Meeting 2019

A small group of the Red Dragonflies met on Saturday 7th September: Vanessa Proctor, Barbara Fisher and Beverley George and newbie me, Wanda Amos down from Old Bar. In the leafy suburb of Pymble, Vanessa’s house was the meeting place and the trees swirled around us on that not so warm Spring day.

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Spring Equinox Haiku String

The Australian Haiku Society welcomes contributions from haiku poets worldwide to the AHS Spring Equinox Haiku String 2019.

We will be holding a Haiku String during the day of the Southern Hemisphere Spring Equinox, which occurs in Australia on Monday, 23rd September, 2019. The String will remain open for contributions until Wednesday 25th September to accommodate international poets who may wish to take part. A submission form will be made available on the website during these dates (not before). Continue reading “Spring Equinox Haiku String”

Haiku Readings at the Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival, 2019

On Thursday 22nd August, a mild and rather blustery day, four haiku poets gathered at the Auburn Botanic Gardens to represent the AHS at the 2019 Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival. Reading haiku were Vanessa Proctor, Carol Reynolds, Margaret Ruckert and Willem Tibben.

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Members’ News, August 2019

Spring Equinox Haiku String

Spring is definitely making its way back into the garden and into the activities of a whole host of insects, animals and birds. The Spring Equinox falls on September 23rd in the Southern Hemisphere this year and to celebrate, the Australian Haiku Society will host a Haiku String on and around that date. Everyone is invited to participate and we look forward to your offerings. A submission form will be made available on the website at the time of the equinox. More information will be posted to the website soon including the announcement of a theme.

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Black Wattle

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Run haiku run – workshop

Run haiku run
the business of finding haiku in city….

A haiku workshop for everyone from the interested bystander to the professed expert.
Presented by Creatrix haiku selector and award winning haikuist – Rose van Son

Saturday, 5th October. 2019
10.00-11.45am
WA Poets Inc
Level 2, Room 33. Bon Marche Arcade
80 Barrack St. Perth, Western Australia

Haiku are everywhere – it is just a matter of finding them; writing them; enjoying them. They may be short but they can pack a punch! Pin these escapees down.

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