Members’ News, November 2017

Welcome to our November news. We hope it has been a good month for you and thank you once again for making the news what it is. It has been a real pleasure to come across the many new creations to appear over the month scattered over the World Wide Web and in various journals, anthologies, blogs, Facebook and elsewhere. Enjoy . . .

Haiku Musings

We have posted two more thoughtful pieces on haiku by committee members over the last month; Unfolding Presence by Lyn Reeves and Haiku Reflection by Lynette Arden.

More pieces will be posted over the coming weeks as they become available. We have also invited the leaders of various Regional Groups to share some of their insights on what haiku means to them over the coming months; something to look forward to.

Summer Solstice Haiku String

To celebrate the Southern Hemisphere Summer Solstice on Friday the 22nd of December the Australian Haiku Society will be hosting another Haiku String and we look forward to your participation. The theme for this event will be Peace. When the submission box becomes available on the 22nd you may post up to 3 previously unpublished haiku relating to the theme. We would like poets to suggest or imply Peace without using the word itself. More details will be posted on this site shortly.

Welcome and Thanks

We would like to welcome Maureen Sexton back to the Committee as Regional Representative for Western Australia; her experience and insight will be invaluable. We would also like to thank Tash Adams for her work in the role over the past eighteen months; her contributions are appreciated.

Creatrix

The print issue of the second Creatrix Anthology of poetry and haiku selected from the online journal produced by WA Poets Inc. is available from their website. Further information, including a list of contributors and ordering details can be found here.

Updated submission guidelines to Creatrix can be found here.

Congratulations

To Lorin Ford for placing second in the international Autumn Moon Haiku Contest 2017 convened by Bruce Ross

a snail’s trail . . .
all night this meandering
toward the moon

Lorin Ford

This haiku is mysterious somehow. Is it the poet or the snail wandering? The trail shining with moonlight.” Bruce Ross

All results and judge’s comments can be read here.

Congratulations also to Greg Piko who received an Honourable Mention in 2017 Porad Award judged by Terry Ann Carter

ragged edge
the cabbage moth’s wing
and the cabbage

Greg Piko

Read all the awarded poems and the judge’s comments here.

Hailstones Anthology: Persimmon

Stephen Gill (Tito) has contacted the Australian Haiku Society to share the news of the recent launch of the anthology Persimmon. Launched a few weeks ago at Kyorai’s famous House of Fallen Persimmons in Kyoto. The anthology of 152 pages is edited by Stephen Gill and comprises a collection of haiku by 60 poets, a haibun by Sosui, two rensaku featuring stanzas by multiple poets and more besides. For further information and ordering information visit this page of the very interesting Hailstones’ website Icebox.

New Group Wanting Support

We have been approached by a writer of short stories and novels with a recently discovered interest in haiku. He would like to set up a haiku focus group of six to eight people (with four already joined) to meet regularly at the Noosa Arts and Craft Centre (Wallace House, Noosaville). Ian is a past president of the Sunshine Coast Literary Society; new to haiku but already with some appreciation he is hoping that someone with a background in haiku might be able to support their soon to be formed group with a visit as a guest speaker or perhaps to lead a ginko. If anyone is able to assist could you contact me through the Secretary’s email and I can pass on your contact details.

Keeping us Connected

Coming from the generation of fountain pens, ink wells and cursive writing, I am amazed by the technology of web links at my fingertips. With a simple touch of a key or a click of the mouse we flash across cyberspace to find ourselves on other websites across the country and around the world. It is easy enough to take this for granted, but this comes to us with a lot of work and know-how in organising and updating these links as well as in maintaining our website generally – many thanks to our dedicated webmaster Lynette Arden.

“And so this is Christmas . . . let’s hope it’s a good one . . .”

John Lennon

Peace

Written and prepared by Simon Hanson