Members’ News, February 2018

Another summer is slipping away and autumn lies before us, and for our friends north of the equator their winter turns toward spring. This is a simplification though as many people around the world (including here in Australia) name and allocate seasons very differently – and so our understanding of kigo deepens.

Thank you to all those sending items relating to February’s news, please keep them coming in.

Groups and Gatherings

To catch up on the latest reports from some of our regional groups feel free to visit the links below.




Haiku @ The Oaks

Haiku Musings

We have posted another interesting perspective in our series on Haiku Musings for your thoughtful reflection – The Healing Power of Haiku by Maureen Sexton. Do enjoy.


Book Launches and an Invitation

Lynette Arden’s latest book Travelling Through the Unexpected was launched earlier in February by Rob Scott. Visit Lyn’s website to catch up on the day, including photographs by Martin Christmas and while you are there treat yourself to the poetry and art you’ll find elsewhere on her website. The animated poems are a must see.

The collection contains haiku and sequences, tanka, haibun and free form poetry. A few just lifted from its pages:

writing a whole thesis
on blue sky


coffee for one
sharing a chat
on the mobile


cool change   finding the last heat   in the cupboards

Lynette Arden

You can order a copy of Travelling Through the Unexpected here.

Jane Williams has a collection of haiku and senryu, Echoes of Flight, about to be published by Ginninderra Press. You are warmly invited to the launch by Lyn Reeves. For those interested Lyn will also be leading a short Ginko (haiku walk) following the launch.

When and where: Saturday 17th March 11.00 am Waterworks Reserve Ridgeway Rd, Ridgeway. Site number 9 (last hut on the left). There will be cake ☺

And a few samples to whet your appetite:

low tide
in the gull’s footprints
echoes of flight

skinny dipping
my sister leads me
into my fiftieth year

the rusted-out car
frog song

Jane Williams


7th Setouchi Matsuyama Photo Haiku Award 2018

Congratulations to all selected poets including Barbara Taylor, Ron C. Moss and Gayle Sweeper.

Barbara Taylor

leaving the island
serenity flows
with the ebbing tide

Barbara A. Taylor

Barbara’s photo was taken en route from Queensland’s Fraser Island to Hervey Bay.


home again . . .
the sea in every

Ron C. Moss

Ron took this photo from his kayak on the Derwent River just off Blackmans Bay, Tasmania.

To view all awarded photo haiku visit the website


re:Virals 126

Marietta McGregor has some interesting things to say about Johnny Baranski’s haiku first published in Lilliput Review #191

long before I came
long after I leave
blossoming pear

 Johnny Baranski

I was prompted by all the commentaries and comments on this re:Virals thread to find out a little more about Johnny Baranski’s inspirational life, work and commitments. A true artist and person of great courage.

Golden Triangle Haiku

Selections have been made for the 2018 Golden Triangle Haiku contest and will be displayed as street signs in Washington throughout the month of March. You can enjoy all the selections here. Congratulations to all awarded works including Madhuri Pillai, Barbara Ann Taylor and Simon Hanson.

Golden Haiku Madhuri Pillai

Golden Haiku Barbara Taylor

Golden Haiku Simon Hanson


The Mainichi Best of 2017

The Mainichi Haiku in English: Best of 2017 with selections from the late Isamu Hashimoto and the incoming haiku editor, Dhugal Lindsay, has now been published and can be accessed on their website. You can also download the PDF here.

Heron’s Nest Reader’s Choice Awards 2018 for work published in 2017

Congratulations to Lorin Ford who was awarded ‘second runner up’ (overall third) in the Poet of the Year category based on readers’ votes for poets’ entire body of work appearing in The Heron’s Nest for that year.

Lorin also has a poem listed in the ‘Popular Poems’ category:

heat shimmer –
a stick on the verge
of snake

Lorin Ford

Congratulations also to Ron C. Moss who is listed in the ‘Other Popular Poets’ category attracting readers’ votes on all six of his published poems for 2017.

The list of awards can be viewed here.

THF Red Moon Press

Six Australians have recently had work included in old song, the latest Red Moon Anthology of English-language Haiku.  They are Jan Dobb, Hazel Hall, Ron C. Moss, Cynthia Rowe, David Terelinck and Quendryth Young.

old song: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2017
The 22nd annual edition of The Red Moon Anthology, featuring haiku, linked forms and essays from around the world, Ed. Jim Kacian

Copies can be ordered here.

We keep on making our mark in the world of haiku; making pictures and crafting words that touch the hearts and minds of others. We shall see where March takes us . . .

Members” News compiled by Simon Hanson