The results for the Australian Haiku Society Haiga Kukai for both seasonal and non-seasonal categories have been announced and can be accessed in these links along with the judge’s comments. Once again a special thank you to Ron Moss for supplying these wonderful images and for adjudicating the kukai; much appreciated.
Thanks to all who took part in this kukai, your contributions gave the party life and colour. Congratulations also to all awarded entries including:
First place (non-seasonal)
the way tomorrow
Rose van Son
First place (seasonal)
white with snow
4th Annual H. Gene Murtha Memorial Senryu Contest
Congratulations to Madhuri Pillai for a most impressive First place in this popular contest.
as she circles the probe
I read her face
Madhuri was also Highly commended with:
i add a red lipstick
to my collection
You can enjoy all the selected senryu and judge’s comments here (opening as a PDF)
Three Rivers Haiku Gourd Contest
Congratulations to Mark Miller for Third place with:
sharing a watermelon
two lovers lips to lips
and an Honourable mention to Vanessa Proctor with:
made from dried gourds
sound of the earth
All results can be accessed here.
The Haiku Foundation is currently promoting the links to Haiku in Australia Collated by Lyn Reeves and Beverley George and A History of Haiku in Australia by Beverley George and Lyn Reeves (updated June 2016) (both links opening as PDFs)
In this later document one reads; It is believed that the following haiku by Robert Crawford is the first published Australian haiku (1899):
To the dawn on the hill-tops…
The Vision of Spring!
Groups and Gatherings
Catch up on the latest report from Bombora
Number Eight Wire – Review
Do enjoy this review by Vanessa Proctor of the long-awaited Fourth New Zealand Haiku Anthology – Number Eight Wire. Bound to be an excellent read, Ordering details can be found here.
Broken Starfish -Book Launch
A reminder that Broken Starfish – a collection of haiku and ink paintings by Ron C. Moss will be launched in Hobart Tasmania by Lyn Reeves on Friday 23rd of August at 5 pm.
The common art principle of the class of poems under present consideration is identical with the common principle of Japanese pictorial illustration. By the use of a few chosen words the composer of a short poem endeavours to do exactly what a painter endeavours to do with a few strokes of the brush — to evoke an image or a mood — to revive a sensation or emotion. And the accomplishment of this purpose — by poet or by picture maker — depends altogether upon capacity to suggest, and only suggest. […] a poet would be condemned for attempting any completeness of utterance in a very short poem: [the] object should be only to stir the imagination without satisfying it.
Lafcadio Hearn Ghostly Japan, 1899
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