Haiku with an Australian Flavour in Famous Reporter

Famous Reporter #34

The December issue of Famous Reporter is replete with wonderful haiku from some of Australia’s leading haiku poets. It contains 65 haiku over 11 pages, with a significant contribution from northern NSW haijin. In addition to this you will find John Bird’s prize-winning haiku sequence, ‘The Fence Rider, 1950 Australia’. This outstanding poem is in six parts, each part a sequence of seven haiku.

If you want to read haiku with a distinctive Australian flavour, Famous Reporter #34 is essential reading. $8 posted (within Australia) from Walleah Press, PO Box 368, North Hobart, TAS 7002 – or $15 for a subscription.

Submissions for issue #35 close end of April

Immense beauty in brevity

Here are some quotes from Christopher Bantick’s review of Spinifex: haiku by Beverley George in The Sunday Tasmanian(18/2/07):

‘it celebrates the strength and diversity of haiku as a poetry form’

‘The poems rest on the page like perfectly cut templates of experience’

‘Apart from the poems that will make readers stop and regard the world perhaps a little more thoughtfully, the design of the book also deserves comment. Besides the convenient size that’s ideal for handbags and pockets, the poems are not cluttered on the page…Reeves has presented the poems with a filigree of grass on the pages. This adds to the delicate feel of the book. The result is an excellent gallery of words and shape.’

‘hard to imagine a better example of the form’

‘a book of quiet contemplation and stolen moments of peace winnowed from busyness’