On Friday 17th July, Hobart experienced a break in the weather – no rain expected until late in the day – perfect for our winter ginko. As a change from our usual venues we headed out to the historic town of Richmond, meeting up by the river near the national heritage bridge. The morning was crisp and clear, winter sunlight playing on the river. Ducks of various colours, rails and coots, along with the odd cormorant and one exceptional black swan, splashed, paddled and dabbled in the water, patrolled the grassy banks and fought over bread thrown to them by children. Continue reading “Watersmeet Winter Ginko”
mackerel sky and
now the wild geese are calling
into the sunset
John Knight (1935 — 2006)
After months of preparation of the site and selection of content, the editors of Echidna Tracks – Simon Hanson, Lynette Arden and myself (Lyn Reeves) – are pleased to announce the launch of our first issue.
Go here to enjoy the wide-ranging voices and observations of Places we Live: cities, suburbs, towns. Haiku will be posted one a day until the issue is complete. If you would like to receive a daily haiku in your inbox, sign up to follow by email. Continue reading “Echidna Tracks: Australian Haiku”
For the past eighteen months or so Watersmeet has been meeting seasonally for a ginko in various locations. After our silent walk, participants have shared jottings or observations, sometimes over a coffee at a nearby café. Recently, however, some have been asking for a longer session of haiku sharing, so on our last gathering we began with morning coffee and the intention to a ginko afterwards. I had invited those who were coming to bring a haiku, or something haiku-related, to add to the mix.
On March 17th I had the privilege of launching Jane Williams’ new haiku collection, Echoes of Flight in the bushland setting of Waterworks Reserve, on a day of perfect autumn sunshine sharpened with the pungency of eucalyptus leaves and blossom.
Jane Williams is one of the most versatile writers I know. Her work covers a wide range of genres – poetry, short stories and writing for children – In fact, we can look forward to the release of a collection of poems for children and a children’s picture book later this year, making 2018 a trifecta of achievements in publishing her work. She also writes a variety of Japanese-style short form works including haibun, haiga and tanka. This latest collection, her eighth, is a selection of her haiku and senryu.
Jane Williams is a poet who notices things, who pays attention to her surroundings with curiosity and wonder. That curiosity and wonder is evident in the opening poem of her new collection. Continue reading “Echoes of Flight: haiku & senryu – launch”
Jane Williams’ collection of haiku and senryu, echoes of flight, will be launched by Lyn Reeves on Saturday 17th March, 11.00am, at Waterworks Reserve Ridgeway Rd, Ridgeway. Site number 9 (last hut on the left).
You are warmly invited. There will be cake.
‘Echoes of Flight is a wonderful treasure box of haiku moments experienced through finely tuned poetic senses. These moments are captured in crisp detail, displaying a profound reverence for the world in which the poet so keenly observes. We are richer for seeing things as Jane Williams does.’ – Ron C. Moss. Continue reading “Echoes of Flight – by Jane Williams”
At our first ginko for the year, on Friday 16th February, we were wondering where summer had gone as we met at the Japanese Gardens in the Royal Hobart Botanical Gardens, rugged up against a cold westerly wind.
There were only four of us, partly due to the unseasonal weather, though Ron Moss’s volunteer fire brigade was called away to Bruny Island to fight a house fire that had gotten out of control in the gusty conditions.
Ross Coward recalled how Watersmeet had its beginning in 2000 in this place. Tom Daly had brought along a copy of the Watersmeet: haiku anthology from which we read several haiku, including a favourite of mine by Ross: Continue reading “Watersmeet Summer Ginko”
I met the late WA haiku poet, Nicholas Barwell, in 2005 and there began years of discussions about haiku and my first attempts at writing haiku. Following this, I was fortunate to be offered, and to complete, an intense mentorship (writing, researching, critiquing and workshopping of haiku for publication) with mentor, John Bird, in 2007. I am so grateful to both of these people for the excellent grounding they gave me in haiku and the development of my love for haiku.
Since then, and after much research and experience, I have learned that haiku can be so much more than a form of poetry. It can also be a lifestyle, a healing tool, and a tool for environmental activism. Continue reading “The Healing Power of Haiku: Maureen Sexton”