Bindii 1 August 2015

The 1 August meeting of the Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group was held at the Box Factory, Adelaide, from 12 noon to 2 pm. Eight members were present:

Lynette Arden, Lee Bentley, Julia Wakefield, Margaret Fensom, Athena Zaknic, Dawn Colsey, John Wood and Sean Wright. Apologies were received from a further three members: Maeve Archibald, Karin Anderson and Jill Gower.

General Business:
1. Patricia Prime has posted a review of Willow Light on the HaikuOz website.
2. There may be an opportunity to read our work at an evening performance at Halifax Café, in conjunction with the Novelists Group. The event would be organized by the Community Officer at the Box Factory and October has been suggested. We are waiting for more information. Members present were keen to take part, if it goes ahead.
3. Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group has sponsored prizes for haiku written by schoolchildren for the Langhorne Creek young people’s writing competition. Prizes will be presented at Literacy Day at Langhorne Creek School on September 24, 2015. Lynette Arden and Lee Bentley will be judging entries for prizes in these categories: Years 2 and 3, Years 4 and 5, Years 6 and 7, Years 8 through 10.

Program for the remainder of 2015:
Saturday 3 October:
a ginko (haiku walk) in Himeji Gardens led by Lee Bentley. We will meet at the Box Factory at 12 noon and then walk to the gardens (5 mins walk). The hoped for outcome might include a group of associated haiku that we could publish.
If the weather is inclement, we will hold the whole meeting at the Box Factory.
For those unfamiliar with the term, on a ginko the participants stroll around, making notes, writing haiku or tanka, or taking photos of what they observe.
These notes later serve as raw material for finished haiku, tanka, haibun and haiga. In the last part of the meeting, participants may eat lunch and read out some of the haiku they have produced, and discuss observations.
Saturday 5 December: Christmas meeting – format to be decided.

Workshop: Lynette Arden presented a workshop on haiku. Examples of some haiku publications were circulated and handouts distributed. The general guidelines for writing haiku were covered briefly, then the group tried out some of the techniques for constructing haiku described by Jane Reichhold.
In a joint effort of composition, haiku first lines suggested by members were written on the whiteboard and other lines were then added and discussed. Some of the techniques we tried: comparison, contrast, association, riddle, narrowing focus, metaphor and simile. Other techniques were then discussed, including sketch, double entendre, puns, word plays, verb/noun exchange, close linkage, leap linkage and wabi sabi.

General Workshop of Members’ Haiku: This occupied the rest of the meeting. Most members had brought haiku for feedback and there was much discussion of the haiku presented.

End of meeting: 2 pm.
Minutes taken by Lyn Arden 1 Aug. 15

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