Australians featured in THF’s “re: Virals 34”

Congratulations to Simon Hanson for being named as the latest weekly winner in the “re: Virals” segment on The Haiku Foundation website.

Yet commentaries by two other Australian-based writers – Janet Marsh and Cynthia Rowe – were also posted in response to the haiku given below, along with a further comment from Canadian Garry Eaton.
Written by Rodney Williams, this poem was selected by fellow Victorian Jo McInerney, after she had been named the previous winner in “re: Virals 33”:

glimpse of dolphin
beyond the river mouth …
friends a youth ago
– Rodney Williams
As the latest winner of “re: Virals”, Simon Hanson has selected a bi-lingual haiku from Ireland for comment by THF readers, with responses encouraged through The Haiku Foundation website: 
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Simon Hanson wins Shiki Monthly Kukai – April 2016

Congratulations to Australian haiku poet Simon Hanson for gaining First Place in the Shiki Monthly Kukai for April 2016, with the following one-liner:

both sides of the border autumn moon

  • Simon Hanson

Polling twenty-eight points – two more than the second-place winner – Simon was a clear winner in the Kigo section (where the set theme was migration), in a competition which attracted entries from over a hundred poets, across a range of countries and continents.

One voter’s comment about Simon’s winning haiku read as follows: “Definitely topical in 2016, but also universal in its implications. And certainly about migration, all the more powerfully for its stillness. A very strong haiku.”

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