Paperbark haiku group held their Autumn Ginko at Adachi Park in Belmont, Perth on a warm but smoky morning. Unfortunately there were prescribed burns in the Perth hinterland which led to poor visibility and an obvious health risk to people with breathing problems. As a result there was a disappointing turnout with only three of the group attending.
Despite this it proved to be a very interesting and productive session with the participants reading some of their favourite haiku and then walking around the park making observations for their haiku. Rose van Son, Coral Carter and Barry Sanbrook attempted to use other than the traditional three line haiku to experiment with single, two or four line poems and some of these are included below.
I am delighted to be able to announce the winners of the inaugural John Bird Dreaming Award for Haiku. The response to the competition, conceived to mark the 20th Anniversary of the Australian Haiku Society, has been overwhelming to say the least. A total of 890 poems were received from an incredible 41 countries – an outstanding result for a new competition. Thank you to all poets for contributing their poems.
Our judges have chosen their top three haiku and honourable mentions whose poems appear below. I would like to thank the judges, Vanessa Proctor and Michael Dylan Welch, for their diligence and enthusiasm for this award. I would also like to express my deep gratitude to Ron Moss for providing the winners with beautiful ink drawings featuring their poems.