Announcement: Summer Solstice Haiku String

The Australian Haiku Society will be holding its first Haiku String during the day of the Summer Solstice, 21st December.

We invite haiku poets around the world to respond to the featured poem or any poem posted in the comment box.

You may enter as many times as you like.

Haiku posted must be original work by the poster.

Please include your name as you wish it to appear, as author of each of the haiku you post.

Gathering of Haiku @ The Oaks, Canberra on Monday 5 December 2016

A warm morning to match the warmth of our keenness as we all gathered at the Botanic Gardens.  Our usual venue of The Oaks Brassiere is closed on Mondays – but this was the day Beverley George was in town!  We were delighted to welcome her to our table – Gregory Piko, Kathy Kituai, Glenys Ferguson, Marietta McGregor and Jan Dobb.  A whisper had reached us that it was Beverley’s birthday so our morning took off with cake, candle and song.
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Red Kelpie Haiku Group Meeting & Ginko #10

As predicted, Sunday, 4th of December was hot and humid, Melbourne’s first hot summer day. Five members of the Red Kelpie Group gathered at our ‘home’ base, at the Melbourne Botanic Tearooms, but we moved, as planned, to a lawn area under deep shade of old trees, near Nymphaea Lily Lake, to hold our meeting in peace and quiet.

think tank
the pond floats
a waterlily

—Lorin Ford, Failed Haiku #12, December 2016

Our topic, suggested by Jen Sutherland, was an enquiry into kigo , which had been confusing for some. We focused on what kigo means to Japanese haiku practice and how it differs from EL seasonal reference.

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Red Dragonflies Summer Meeting 2016

Members of the Red Dragonflies were unable to meet in person this quarter, so instead we decided to complete a shisan renku by email where I acted as sabaki.  The renku’s title is ‘A Dream of Persimmons’ and was most enjoyable to write.  After eight years of writing and discussing haiku together, we found that our rapport was still strong even though we weren’t writing face-to-face.

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Competition Successes in November

Australian haiku poets to enjoy competition-based successes during the month of November, 2016, included: Cynthia Rowe for winning second prize in the Katikati Pathway Haiku Contest 2016 (NZ) – Cynthia herself, plus Joanne Watcyn-Jones and Jan Dobb, were each Commended in the same competition as well.

In the same time period, another Australian haiku poet – Quendryth Young – won second prize in the 21st International Kusamakura Haiku Competition in Japan.

Congratulations to Cynthia, Joanne, Jan and Quendryth for all having their work recognised at a competition level during the month of November.

Rodney Williams
Australian Haiku Society