Spinning on our axis, flying silently around our star, swept along in a spiral arm of The Milky Way twirling in a universe expanding at an ever increasing rate, the spring equinox slips behind us and so too our little haiga kukai. Thank you so much to all who participated, your contributions make it what it is and thank you once again to Ron Moss for supplying these wonderful images. Feel free to revisit all contributions from the seasonal and non-seasonal categories. Results will be posted to the website as soon as they become available.
Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival 2018
On Thursday 23rd August, four haiku poets: Margaret Mahony, Vanessa Proctor, Carol Reynolds and Catherine Smith performed at the Auburn Botanic Gardens as part of the Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival. . . Readings took place at the Moon Gate in the Japanese gardens where peacocks and ibis joined with the audience.
Groups and Gatherings
To catch up on the latest reports from some of the regional gatherings over September click on the following links:
Harold G. Henderson Memorial Haiku Award 2018
Congratulations to all poets with awarded haiku in the contest judged by Lorin Ford & Lee Gurga.
Among the selected haiku Ron C. Moss received an honourable mention with:
the first stroke
of the ink brush . . .
ravens in snow
Judge’s commentaries will be available on the HSA website after being published in the next issue of Frogpond.
All results for 2018 and from previous years going all the way back to 1976 can be found here.
Terry Ann Carter visit
Well known Canadian haiku poet Terry Ann Carter flew in from Vancouver to visit a number of our regional groups and to meet with poets in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra. She also generously gave a presentation to a University of the Third Age gathering in Canberra.
Photo by Vanessa Proctor
Recent Addition to The Haiku Foundation Digital Library
The Haiku Foundation Digital Library is a freely available resource for all interested in haiku. The amount of material from around the world archived here is truly impressive.
One of the most recent additions to the library is of an older collection by an Australian haiku poet Jane Gibian – Long Shadows Vagabond Press, Sydney Australia, 2005
Issue 1 is now complete and remains available on the Echidna Tracks website for you to visit at your leisure. The editors sincerely thank all who contributed to the issue.
Submissions are now open for the next issue.
Issue 2: Landscapes
For this issue we invite (original, previously unpublished) haiku that respond to aspects of the rich and various landscapes of the Australian continent — from its coastal environments to its desert interior, its many kinds of forests, wetlands, rivers, bushland and landforms. We look forward to receiving haiku that share your moments of heightened awareness and deep connection with these natural places.
Please follow the guidlines on the submissions page.
Members’ News compiled by Simon Hanson