On Saturday 30th September, two teams will play off in the Australian Football League (AFL) Grand Final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. To celebrate this famous day on the Australian sporting calendar, haiku poets from all over the world are once again invited to take part in a real-time footy haiku kukai for the duration of the match.
This will be the 6th year this event has been staged, after Rob Scott, Myron Lysenko and other haiku enthusiasts spontaneously started writing haiku over social media during the 2012 grand final. The event has grown steadily over the years and last year more than 60 die-hard poets from around the globe participated, producing a record 200+ haiku. That’s about one haiku every 30 seconds of the game – virtually a call of the game in haiku!