Australian haiku poets in THF’s “re: Virals”

As the latest weekly winner for the “re: Virals” feature on The Haiku Foundation website, Australian haiku poet Jo McInerney has selected a poem by another Australian for comment in next week’s segment:

glimpse of dolphin
beyond the river mouth …
friends a youth ago

— Rodney Williams
Stylus Poetry Journal 28 (2008)

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International Haiku Poetry Day Ginko – Hobart

The following report comes from Lyn Reeves, on behalf of Ron C. Moss and the Watersmeet haiku group in Tasmania: this piece – accompanied by photographs – can also be accessed through this link:

To mark International Haiku Poetry Day in Hobart, Ron Moss and I held a ginko in the Royal Botanical Gardens. We chose to meet at the site of the Japanese Gardens, where the haiku group Watersmeet had its beginnings. This was an opportunity, not only to celebrate the day, but also to bring together poets who may be interested in continuing to share haiku activities.

Fourteen people turned out to take part, some of them old hands at haiku, some relative beginners and some entirely new to the form but with a keen desire to learn more about it. We were honoured to also have the company of Lee Bentley, co-coordinator of the Bindii Japanese Poetry Genre Group, who was visiting from South Australia.

After a brief introduction where Ron and I read some mood-setting haiku and thoughts about haiku, Ron led the way along paths that wound through autumn-coloured foliage, across wooden paths and bridges spanning shimmering ponds.

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Further success for Marietta McGregor

Along with four of her poems being recently chosen among the best haiku in “The Mainichi” in Japan for 2015, Australian haiku poet Marietta McGregor has also gained two top-ten placings in the Fourth Annual Haiku Contest run by an American literary magazine called “The Lincoln Underground” – this competition requires that entries comply with a 5-7-5 format:

racing the ebb tide
children dash to write their names
in water color

– Second place

tumbled steambed rocks
playing deep arpeggios…
rivers in spring thaw

– Tenth place

Details can be viewed at this website:

Success for Marietta McGregor

Congratulations to Australian haiku poet Marietta McGregor for her recent success in having four poems chosen among the best haiku included in “The Mainichi” in Japan during 2015:

the black around us

– July 1

a flash of white wings
in the corner of my eye
gone in one blink

– August 13

our measure
of summer days

– September 10

aircraft landing
a sparrow hops

– December 16

Full details can be accessed through the following link:


Results – Wild Plum Haiku Contest 2016

Congratulations to Australian haiku poet Jan Dobb for gaining second place in the 2016 Wild Plum Haiku Contest:

drifts of leaves
we listen to the colours
of grandma’s tales

– Jan Dobb

Another Australian haiku poet – Jayashree Maniyil – gained the First Honourable Mention in the same competition:

crackle of twigs
everywhere the smoke
gathering the sky

– Jayashree Maniyil

Full results – with comments from the judge an’ya – can be viewed through this link:

Simon Hanson short-listed in Touchstone Awards 2015

Simon Hanson is to be congratulated for having one of his poems short-listed in The Touchstone Awards for Individual Poems, as recently posted on The Haiku Foundation website, viewable at this link:

desert stones
slowly their shadows
change sides

— Simon Hanson, Wild Plum — a haiku journal 1:2

Another leading Australian haiku poet – Ron C. Moss – was one of the panelists for these awards, after his book “The Bone Carver” had received a Touchstone Award last year (just as it received an Honourable Mention in the Mildred Kanterman Book Award, as a Merit Book Award for 2015 – for books published in 2014 – through the Haiku Society of America).

Rob Scott’s thesis on Australian Haiku on THF website

Rob Scott’s Masters thesis, “The History of Australian Haiku and the Emergence of a Local Accent” has been archived (in full) on The Haiku Foundation website, after being spotlighted there – in Garry Eaton’s ‘Librarian’s Cache’ feature – earlier in this month of April: it can viewed through this link –

An extract from this work – under the title “Australian Haiku in the Global Context” – had been published as a feature in “A Hundred Gourds” 4:1 December 2014:

As the Managing Editor for “A Hundred Gourds” – Lorin Ford – notes, “It’s an important piece, quoting many haiku by Australians.”

13th European Quarterly Kukai Spring 2016 Edition

211 entrants from 43 countries participated in 13th European Quarterly Kukai Spring 2016 Edition, on the theme “people”. No 13 saw the largest number of entrants in the global kukai.

Tash Adams from Perth, Australia won first place: this is the third time an Australian author has won (after Simon Hanson – 11th Kukai; and Beverley George – 8th Kukai) –

leaving him
one kilo
at a time

– Tash Adams – first place

mountain peak
the rising edge
of a muezzin’s call

– Jayashree Maniyil – sixth place

For a full report, please visit

Please consider participating in the next quarterly kukai, while also enjoying these remaining entries from Australia below:

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