Here is a book of haiku that brilliantly charts the seasons: the map of spring to winter nuggetted in compact flashes of vivid images to savour from “robin-song edges of dawn” to “snowy sunrise shiver of morning.”
Becky Alexander and Wendy Visser, masters of the provocative visions haiku revels in unfolding, offer a collaboration to enjoy throughout the year, each season captured with fresh insight in arresting language. Sound and colour in elusive brief lines catch bird and beastie, the homely comfort of den and porch, as the seasons
challenge and embrace. Both humour and haunt fountain through the work.
“Winding lane,” “disappearing shadows” invite you to explore the “wisps” and “curves” that twist their enigmatic beauty as the earth, and you, revolve in a joyful excursion into the theatre of nature.
from a review by Katherine L. Gordon,
Author, Editor, Publisher, Judge and Reviewer, Resident Columnist for Ancient Heart Magazine.
The inaugural meeting of the Red Dragonflies (akatombo) was held on the 15th March, with an autumn theme, at the convener’s home in Pymble.
Honoured guest haijin, John Bird, inspired the group with his haiku and commentary as well as sharing methods of organizing a haiku group, informed by his experiences with the Wollumbin and Cloudcatchers Haiku Groups, located near Byron Bay.
On her shady patio, Vanessa Proctor led the members, Dawn Bruce, Barbara Fisher, Beverley George, Cynthia Rowe and Lesley Walter, through a most fruitful afternoon.
A workshop for anyone interested in haiku and Zen Buddhism
upon the temple bell
the butterfly sleeps
The interactive workshop will examine the influence of Zen on the ancient Japanese form of haiku poetry, explain how the two have come together and why Zen has relevance to writing haiku for even those who have little understanding of Zen philosophies.
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Haiku Reading – March
502 Lygon St East Brunswick 8pm FREE
THURSDAY MARCH 20th, 2008.
Sue Stanford, Carla Sari, Matt Hetherington, Helen Begley
Michael de Valle & Myron Lysenko
all poets & haikuists welcome to read in OPEN SECTION
Paul Gibson Roy to MC proceedings.
Good food & booze on sale. Free entry
Poetry night organized by Paul Gibson.
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