Cloudcatchers Spring Ginko # 55

Alstonville
Thursday 14th November 2019

As with so many fellow poets around Australia, Cloudcatchers, on the Far North Coast of NSW, have been experiencing the trauma and uncertainty of the drastic bushfire situation. Although we are thankful that none has been personally damaged, some have relatives fighting fires, or are housing valuables of friends in danger. Smoke haze has been intense, and the sun, in a uniformly grey sky, was witnessed as a vague fiery red ball (even safe for the eye to focus), as it slipped down at dusk.
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Final Call for Submissions from Sydney and Neighbouring NSW Poets

Gordon Young is a British artist who has been commissioned to work in Sydney’s Inner West. His works are often in public places, sometimes on a large scale and usually based upon text. www.gordonyoung.net.

In Sydney he is working on a series of brick spheres, incorporating writing from the Australian poets Peter Goldsworthy and Amanda Stewart, as well as diverse content from song lyrics to diary entries, which will be cut into the brickwork.

Gordon has approached the Australian Haiku Society hoping to source some haiku for use on one of the spheres. The work will be located in a public park.

The brick spheres reference the 5000 bricks brought to Sydney on the First Fleet, Sydney’s built environment, and the Inner West’s heritage clay pits, brick kilns and chimneys.

The subject: The History of Sydney’s Brick Industry or A Walk

If you are resident in Sydney or neighbouring NSW, please send up to five haiku, published or unpublished to: vanessa@hr42.com by 18th November. Please note that submission does not guarantee inclusion in this project.

Paperbark Ginko

Wednesday 16th October, 2019

One fine spring day…

On a fine spring day, warm with a cool breeze and blue skies sporting a few white clouds, five haiku enthusiasts from Paperbark Haiku: Melissa Moffat, Elizabeth Nicholls, Rose van Son, Barry Sanbrook and Maureen Sexton, met for a ginko and to discuss the intricacies and simplicities of haiku, in the Meeting Room at the Dome Café, Maylands, WA.

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Members’ News, October 2019

New Zealand Featured Haiku Commentary 

For some time we have been featuring commentary about Australian haiku. You may have noticed we have recently have extended an invitation to New Zealand haiku poets, our neighbours across the Tasman Sea, to contribute to the AHS website, with commentaries about New Zealand haiku. These haiku and their commentaries offer a uniquely New Zealand perspective on life and on the landscape. We trust you will find them instructive and enjoyable.

Vanessa Proctor

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