Welcome to the October news. It goes without saying that so much more has blossomed in the world of haiku over the last month than is possible to mention here; it is indeed very satisfying to catch a glimpse of a few of the many haiku happenings around Australia and on the international scene.
Thank you so much to all who sent in items to share.
Spring Equinox Haiga Kukai Results
A hearty thanks to all those who took part in our recent Haiga Kukai and a special thanks to Ron Moss who once again provided us with the benefit of his artistic flare in two splendid images as well as judging the competition.
The quality of entries was especially pleasing;
homecoming . . .
a bouquet of sky
in an old jar
“The soft focus adds a feeling of memory and passing of time. Something new has come from the blending of haiku and image which is the hallmark of a really excellent haiga.” Ron C. Moss
learning the meaning
from the flowers
she finds beauty
in the simple things . . .
Michael H. Lester
she sets the table
on the hospital table
silence a haunting in the archives of a sigh
“This haiku fascinated me from the first reading and I found an instant connection between silence and the film equipment. Then we have the wonderful “a haunting in the archives of a sigh… splendid . . . ” Ron C. Moss
rush hour the train station cornea by cornea
just married …
my grandparents’ glassy gaze
on the lens
the light of laughter
through the lens
old photo album…
a lightning flash
before the brownout
Looking forward to your gems in the next Australian Haiku Society event.
AFL Grand Final Kukai
With the AFL Grand Final done and Dusted, Rob Scott has once again done a magnificent job of both organising the annual AFL Grand Final Kukai and publishing a selection and running commentary (football style) on the The Footy Almanac. Do have a visit; enjoy the action, the haiku and the humour.
Oh, weren’t the Tigers amazing!
Most importantly, you are invited to join in the fun in next year’s kukai in September 2018.
We have posted two reflections on haiku by committee members over the last month with more to come. Enjoy the thoughtful insights of Fleeting Nature by Matt Hetherington and The Mystery of Haiku by Jan Dobb.
Groups and Gatherings
Click on the links below to catch up with the latest news from some of our regional groups including Sheila Sondik’s visit to Canberra’s Haiku @ The Oaks journeying all the way from Washington.
71st Basho Memorial English Haiku Contest
Congratulations to all those selected in the contest including the Honourable Mentions to Peter Macrow and Cynthia Rowe
small boys’ faces
pressed against the glass
a sand crab half in
… half out
Cattails Editor’s Choice
Congratulations also to Lorin Ford for her haiku selected as Editor’s Choice in the latest issue of Cattails. You might also like to read the Editor’s comments.
cattail fluff . . .
a very muddy fairy
waves her wand
Congratulations also to Jan Foster and Hazel Hall for their Editor’s Choice selections of tanka.
Matsuyama Photo Haiku in English Contest
Readers have until Nov. 30, to enter the Matsuyama Photo Haiku in English Contest supported by the Asahi Culture Center and The Asahi Shimbun. It’s free to enter online at this link
The end of the year is fast approaching and we wish you all the best for your creative endeavours and inclinations over November; they enrich us all.
Looking forward to any news items you’d like to send our way.