Members’ News, April 2019

Welcome to our news for April and thank you to all who sent in items of interest.

Haiku is celebrated in a myriad ways around the world everyday though April 17th designated International Haiku Poetry Day has come and gone and with it a number of events and celebrations to mark the occasion.

The haiku poets of Watersmeet Hobart made a haiku window at Fullers Bookshop in Collins Street to celebrate the day.

Photo by Irene McGuire

The window display proved popular among passers-by who were free to add their own creations. Catch up on the full report here.
Paperbark Haiku of Perth also gathered on April 17th in the heart of the city to enjoy each other’s company and indulge in a few hours of poetic inspiration.

The Haiku Foundation announced the Touchstone Awards for Distinguished Books and for Individual Poems. The selections for both these categories can be accessed here. Congratulations to all recipients. Congratulations also to Maureen Sexton and Ron C. Moss for being shortlisted for the award in Individual Poems with:

in the outback river
paperbark trees

Maureen Sexton, Creatrix 43

family gathering
sliced warm beetroot
stains what it touches

Ron C. Moss, Acorn 40

Many poets contributed to the THF EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration commemorating the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages. Click here for the PDF

The Haiku Foundation have also gathered another superb collection of film in their Haiku Life Film Festival 2019 – well worth a visit.

Walking the Tideline

Walking the Tideline by Lyn Reeves has been featured as Book of the Week recently on The Haiku Foundation website. Do take the time to slow down with this collection for a while, it is really quite something. You can download the entire collection as a PDF here.

sunshower –
every blade of grass

vase of dead daisies
a circle of gold dust

in the clear water only their shadows – jellyfish

Lyn Reeves

Groups and Gatherings

You can read the latest reports from some of our regional groups in the links below.



THE R. H. Blyth Award 2019

Congratulations to Eufemia Griffo of Italy in winning the 2019 R.H. Blyth Award hosted by the World Haiku Review with:

fallen leaves
the lost time
of another life

Eufemia Griffo

Congratulations also to Marilyn Humbert for receiving an honourable mention with:

storm shadows
souls of the pogrom
forgotten by humankind

Marilyn Humbert

Selected as haiku of merit (in no particular order)

things that come
things that go

Marietta McGregor

quarter moon
waves fold

Owen Bullock

night anemones
the rhythms
of tide and moon

Simon Hanson

yesterday’s funeral
the lingering scent
of mother’s lilies

Cynthia Rowe

Comments by Susumu Takiguchi and all selected haiku can be read here

Cattails April 2019

Another impressive issue of Cattails has recently been published which includes a moving tribute to Rachel Sutcliffe.

snow-filled nest
the depth of silence
before spring

Rachel Sutcliffe (1977 – 2019)
Cattails April 2017

This issue of Cattails also features a beautiful selection of photographs of Australian birds by Beverley George, Marietta McGregor, Vanessa Proctor, Michelle Brock, Karlie Brock and Rose van Son.

Snapshot Press

The Haiku Calendar Competition 2019 results have been announced and will appear in the 2020 Haiku Calendar. Ordering details can be found here The Haiku Calendar 2020.

Congratulations to Vanessa Proctor who was among those selected for runner-up.

A reminder also that there are a range of free to download eBooks available on the Snapshot Press website  as well as a number of haiku books available for purchase.

Sharpening The Green Pencil

Congratulations to Cynthia Rowe for a Commendation in the Sharpening The Green Pencil 2019 annual haiku contest for:

receding shore –
the refugee’s doll
trailing kelp

Cynthia Rowe

You can view all selected haiku in the contest here.

Puddock Haiku Journal

A new print journal from the Scottish Haiku Society, is accepting submissions of haiku, tanka, haiga and renga/renku for its first issue. Closing date: June 1st. For further details clink on this link.

2019 Turtle Light Press Haiku Chapbook Contest

Susan Antolin will be the judge of the next Turtle Light Press Haiku Chapbook Contest. Submissions are invited by May 31, 2019. The winning manuscript will be announced this summer and we aim to publish the winner in late fall/early winter. Further information can be found here.

Members News compiled by Simon Hanson

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