We braved the inclement weather for our spring ginko to meet at the Hobart Royal Botanical Gardens.
Following 30 minutes of solitary walks, soaking up the gardens in all their spring glory and jotting down haiku or haiku ideas, we gathered in Succulent (the garden’s restaurant) for brunch.
It was a full house with Irene McGuire, Ross Coward, Ron Moss, Lyn Reeves, Leanne Jaeger, Lorraine Haig, Terry Whitebeach and Jane Williams. As this was the first time all eight members had managed to meet in quite a while, the atmosphere was buzzing joyfully.
Echidna Tracks Issue 6: Shelter will be accepting submissions throughout the month of October.
For Issue 6 of Echidna Tracks: Australian Haiku: Shelter we invite your previously unpublished haiku and senryu on the theme of ‘shelter’ in all its many forms: protection from danger or weather, refuge, sanctuary, shield, cover, defence, concealment – including the animate, non-animate, human and non-human.
We won’t want a hundred haiku and senryu using the word ‘shelter’ but will give preference to those poems that best give us a sense of shelter by inference and suggestion.
The submission period for Issue 6 will be open throughout October 2020. Please read the guidelines carefully. We look forward to your submissions. Submissions may be made via the form that will appear on the Submissions page throughout October 2020.
The spring meeting for the White Pebbles Haiku Group extended a little longer than is usual. The 12th of September flowed on to embrace the 12th – 21st of September, and that is so far!
All nine members commented on how much they enjoyed reading each others’ work.
Seven optional prompts were circulated to members well in advance of the scheduled email meeting date with the only firm request being that the seventh of these involving a painting, sketch or photograph were included. One of our members, who was travelling, wrote all of her verses in real time as she moved through diverse countryside locations — a haiku journey we all greatly enjoyed learning about. Carefully considered comments on all the submitted haiku were shared over the following days.
Positive and mutually supportive, as always, our members made sure our spring meeting was satisfying and very worthwhile.
And who knows? Perhaps our December meeting will again be held in the Gosford/Edogawa Gardens.
Group members Patricia Meredith, Alison Miller, Ros Pitt and Margaret Mahony met at Carol Reynolds lovely home at Illawong which is close to the bush and looking full of new life this Spring. Lana was unable to attend but we hope to see her at our Summer meeting.
On Sunday August 30 we met again on Zoom. Six of us attended: Julia Wakefield, Steve Wigg, Maeve Archibald, Stella Damarjati and Lynette Arden, as well as our esteemed interstate guest, Beverley George.
We had arranged at the previous meeting to put together another sequence, using the theme of ‘colour and light’. Each member was required to bring along between three and five haiku that they had written on this theme. This time we were much faster with our responses, and as we had two more people we had many more haiku to choose from. We endeavoured to take turns with each stanza in the sequence, but we found ourselves beginning to pick out the haiku that seemed to fit best, regardless of the order of contributors.
Thank you for your contributions to the AHS Spring Equinox Haiku String 2020 on ‘Early Spring’. The String is now closed for contributions, but please enjoy the haiku in the String. Contributors have come from Australia and many other countries, which is reflected in the diverse range of haiku.