Members’ News May 2018

Welcome to our May news on this first day of June.

Winter Solstice Haiku String

The shortest day is fast approaching. This year the Southern Hemisphere Winter Solstice takes place on Thursday 21st June. The Australian Haiku Society will be holding our annual Winter Solstice String and we would very much like haiku poets from Australian and around the world to participate. More information about the String will be posted on the website nearer the date of the Solstice.

Groups and Gatherings

Click here to read the latest on the Cloudcatchers

New Groups!

Haiku is flourishing in Australia and I am very happy to report the emergence of two new groups; Bombora Haiku Group and haiku pond Noosa. To add to the excitement they have both sent us meeting reports.

Bombora Haiku Group

Bombora Haiku Group met for the second time on Tuesday 22nd May.

Attending the meeting were Melody O’Neil, Raelene Purtill, Rhian Mac and Giddy Nielsen-Sweep. Dawn Toomey was away and we look forward to seeing her at the next meeting along with Yvonne Lockwood (on call with grandparent duties this time around). Making the most of the lovely outdoors our meeting was held on the patio while the midges were kept at bay with the assistance of citronella candles! Everyone in attendance was highly engaged and there was plenty of lively conversation and positive input. All new members have made a great start and are now writing and sharing poems.

We meet at Petrie a short drive to the coast just north of Brisbane and everyone is welcome – beginners to advanced. Our next meeting is scheduled for June 19th. For further information contact Giddy Nielson-Sweep at

haiku pond Noosa

Since February 2018 we six have nurtured our budding interest in haiku by exploring our own writing, discussing and contemplating English translations of Japanese classics and immersing ourselves in modern English haiku. To assist us in our journey we have read about – and spoken to a local poet, literature academic and Japanese speaker – focusing on the structure of various poetry forms, including haiku.

While our haiku improves, we grapple with fundamental questions like:  When does verse become haiku? What is a good haiku?

We meet again over winter. Between meetings we are using WhatsApp to improve our haiku practice through the exchange and critique of original and published haiku.

Ian Laver


Echidna Tracks

Submissions for the first issue of Echidna Tracks on the theme of Places We Live: Cities, Suburbs, Towns is now closed. The editors are excited by the number and quality of submissions and look forward to bringing you the inaugural issue in due course. Stay tuned!

Haiku Feature

We hope you have been enjoying our weekly Featured Haiku by Australian poets. A number of members have expressed amazement in the number of Australian poets involved in haiku, past and present. I would like to say a special thank you to all the poets who have given us such wonderful haiku to contemplate. A heartfelt thanks also to our commentators for their selections and valuable insights. The diversity of perspectives and voice in the Haiku Feature is proving to be a real asset.

Because of the considerable time and energy involved in preparing the Haiku Feature; in research, making selections, writing commentaries and email communications we have decided to run the Feature fortnightly rather than weekly. We look forward to sharing more Australian talent and intend to begin fortnightly postings after the Winter Solstice Haiku String has concluded.

The Haiku Foundation Film Haiga Feature

Among the many works, resources and events featured on The Haiku Foundation the Troutswirl blog recently revisited film haiga in HaikuLife 2018. Among them was this gem by Ron C. Moss with musical accompaniment by Steve Hodge. Enjoy!
A Brush Dipped in Moonlight

re:Virals 139

Australians continue to have commentaries selected for The Haiku Foundation re:Virals blog. Marietta McGregor has some interesting things to say on Karen Hoy’s most admirable haiku:

early dark
the cathedral visible
only as windows

Karen Hoy Another Country: Haiku Poetry from Wales (Gomer Press, 2011)

re:Virals 139


New Resonance: Echoes 2

“With the creation of A New Resonance: Emerging Voices in English-Language Haiku, Red Moon Press hoped to create a place where haiku poets without a book of their own could present a significant body of work in a single location. Twenty years later, that community is 170 poets strong, and contains many of the most important poets writing in the genre today. echoes 2 is a compendium of these poets, including personal and professional updates and in most cases a sampling of new work.” Jim Kacian and Julie Warther.

Echoes 2: The New Resonance Poets 1999 – 2017, compiled and edited by Jim Kacian and Julie Warther has been released and a free pdf stored in THF digital library is available here.

Echoes 2

Print copies of the book may be purchased for $8.

As far as I can see the Australians to be featured in A New Resonance since 1999 include the following poets (issue number in brackets): Jeffrey Harpeng (issue 3), Vanessa Proctor (3), Beverley George (4), Ron C. Moss (4), Paul Hodder (6), Lorin Ford (7), Gregory Piko (7), Quendryth Young (7), Jonathan McKeown (9), Scott Terrill (9), Rob Scott (10) and Els van Leeuwen in issue 10.

Please let me know if I have missed anyone.

A sincere thanks to Lorin Ford for passing this information on.

Spreading the Haiku Word

David McMurray has sent us this link to the latest issue of Asahi Haikuist Network featuring the work of a number of young writers in Africa.
You might also like this link to previous issues.

Members’ News compiled by Simon Hanson

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