ILLAWONG HAIKU SPRING GINKO

Tuesday 2nd October

Joseph Banks Native Plants Reserve at Kareela proved a good choice to hold our Spring Ginko. The perfect weather allowed us to observe the native plants at their best.

Several Gymea lilies stood straight and tall and in full flower to greet us at the car park entrance. As we meandered down the curved pathway to seek out a suitable table we passed a spectacular bed of pink and white paper daisies, native orchids of various size and colour, kangaroo paws and numerous species of callistemon and grevillea.

We finally settled on a shady spot but as the sun moved position so did we. Continue reading “ILLAWONG HAIKU SPRING GINKO”

Cloudcatchers Spring Ginko # 51

Bangalow Weir
Thursday, 27 September 2018

Why is it that a gathering of haiku poets evokes such a deep sense of fellowship? Nine of us gathered at a favourite site – Bangalow weir – once an inland creek dammed to form the local swimming pool, and now a freed waterway in a parkland setting. Another Cloudcatcher joined us later, after attending a funeral, so there were ten for lunch at the adjacent Heritage House: a historical museum and café run by local volunteers.

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Members’ News September 2018

Spinning on our axis, flying silently around our star, swept along in a spiral arm of The Milky Way twirling in a universe expanding at an ever increasing rate, the spring equinox slips behind us and so too our little haiga kukai. Thank you so much to all who participated, your contributions make it what it is and thank you once again to Ron Moss for supplying these wonderful images. Feel free to revisit all contributions from the seasonal and non-seasonal categories. Results will be posted to the website as soon as they become available.

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Red Kelpies Haiku Group # 17

September 2018

We’d been excitedly looking forward to our meeting with Canadian haiku poet Terry Ann Carter but we’d also been anxiously watching the weather in the week leading up to our meeting: the possibility of thunderstorms and hail were on the menu. As it turned out, we were lucky. Melbourne gave us a milder version of its traditional “four seasons in one day”, cold winds and scattered showers, with the sun breaking through now and then. Everyone was in bright spirits. As a bonus, guests Ron Moss from Tasmania and Melbourne poet Robbie Coburn joined us for the day. Delightfully, Robbie Coburn will be joining us next time as our newest group member.

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White Pebbles Spring Meeting

September 8th 2018

Early morning brought light rain and mist as a shared love of haiku brought members together at the lovely Gosford/Edogawa Commemorative Gardens. Some travelled very long distances: Gail from near Newcastle, and Kent on a four-hour drive from Bathurst. Colleen came from The Entrance and Maire and I even closer by. Sadly a number of our members were unable to attend for reasons beyond their control and they were missed.

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Echidna Tracks Submissions

A reminder that Echidna Tracks will be accepting submissions for its second issue throughout October.

The theme for Issue 2 will be Landscapes

For this issue we invite (original, previously unpublished) haiku that respond to aspects of the rich and various landscapes of the Australian continent — from its coastal environments to its desert interior, its many kinds of forests, wetlands, rivers, bushland and landforms. We look forward to receiving haiku that share your moments of heightened awareness and deep connection with these natural places.

Haiku submissions for Echidna Tracks Issue 2 may be made via the form that will appear on the Submissions page throughout the month of October.

Please follow the guidelines on the submissions page. We look forward to reading your work.

Lynette Arden, Lyn Reeves & Simon Hanson

 

THF Per Diem

Australian haiku poet Rob Scott is guest editor for this month’s Per Diem on The Haiku Foundation. Each day during September a haiku touching on the theme of sport will be featured on the THF website. The collection is certain to include a rich variety of sports and styles.