Red Dragonflies meeting: 12th March 2011

The Red Dragonflies met at Cynthia Rowe’s home in Woollahra on Saturday 12th March. We were joined by an invited guest, Dy Anreasen, who had been fortunate enough to ‘tread in Basho’s footsteps’ with Beverley’s tour last year. It is confronting, however, to reflect that we were sitting sharing haiku in Sydney on the very day that the earthquake and tsunami were wreaking such havoc on Japan and its people. Haiku must continue to remind us of, and instruct us in, the ephemeral – and therefore precious – nature of existence…

Lesley Walter

Results – Touchstone Awards for Individual Poems

Congratulations to Quendryth Young and Greg Piko (Australia) and to Sandra Simpson (New Zealand) for their award winning poems in the The Haiku Foundation’s inaugural Touchstone Awards for Individual Poems. Haiku by two Australian writers and one New Zealand writer, three poems out of a total of seven award winners, certainly shows that ‘The Antipodes’ is on the world haiku map. The full results and judges’ commentaries may be read here:

Lorin Ford

Moonrise and Ozku: a Group Within a Group

Ozku, the haiku-dedicated poetry group formed by Dawn Bruce in January 2010, has now incorporated moonrise, a tanka specific discussion and workshop group, into its format.

Ozku and moonrise will meet bi-monthly at haijin Dawn Bruce’s home in St.Leonards, with members Margaret Grace, Beatrice Yell, Margaret Conley, Joyce Christie and Joanne Watcyn-Jones, all enthusiastic students of haiku and tanka.

Joanne Watcyn-Jones

Moonrise and Ozku: a Group Within a Group

Ozku, the haiku-dedicated poetry group formed by Dawn Bruce in January 2010, has now incorporated moonrise, a tanka specific discussion and workshop group, into its format.

Ozku and moonrise will meet bi-monthly at haijin Dawn Bruce’s home in St.Leonards, with members Margaret Grace, Beatrice Yell, Margaret Conley, Joyce Christie and Joanne Watcyn-Jones, all enthusiastic students of haiku and tanka.

Joanne Watcyn-Jones

Bindii at Words @ Wall 16 March 2011

Friendly Street Poets and the State Library of South Australia will present late afternoon performances of Japanese Poetry Genres in Adelaide on Wednesday 16 March.

The readings will run from 5:30pm to 6:15pm at the Treasures Wall, upstairs in the State Library, North Terrace Adelaide. Light refreshments will be provided.

The event will include traditional Japanese poetry, contemporary poetry by Hiromichi Ikeda and poetry composed by members of the Bindii Poetry Group. Poems will be read by Maeve Archibald, Lynette Arden, Belinda Broughton, Dawn Colsey, Jill Gower and Athena Zaknic.

Bindii 5 March 2011

Present: Maeve Archibald, Lesley Charlesworth, Veronica Shanks, Athena Zaknic, Lyn Arden, Belinda Broughton, Helen Pryor, Jill Gower, Rosemary Davidson, Judith Ahmed, Dawn Colsey, Rachael Mead, Margaret Rawlinson.

Apologies: Pam Brow, Robin Sinclair, Marilyn Linn, Alex Ask, Belinda Broughton, Margaret Fensom, Noela Maletz.

General Business:
Bindii reading at the State Library of South Australia. 5.30 pm on Wed 16th March. The event is the first of the series of monthly readings at the Treasures Wall in the library organized by Friendly St poets for 2011. The work of 16 of our poets is represented.

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INAUGURAL MEETING OF CANBERRA TANKA GROUP, 26TH FEBRUARY

Leader: Kathy Kituai

What could be added to the report (see below) written by our scribe,
Gerry Jacobson, for the first meeting of Canberra Tanka Group? All
that needs to be said is that were are deciding between ‘Limestone
Poets’ or ‘Limestone’ for the name of our group, and will definitely
know by the next meeting.

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