Illawong Haiku Group Spring 2021

Held at Joseph Banks Native Plants Reserve, Kirrawee, on 24th September.

It was a beautiful day but some of our group live in different LGA’s so only three members; Carol Reynolds, Ros Pitt and Margaret Mahony were able to gather. We made the trip together and enjoyed morning tea at a table surrounded by seasonal plants and trees. Each of us brought goodies to share.

Grevillia insignis

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Members’ News, September 2021

Swansea Tasmania: Photo by Simon Hanson

Spring Equinox Haiga Kukai

Entries for the Spring Equinox Haiga Kukai have now closed and the process of adjudication is in the capable hands of Ron Moss. We are especially pleased to see this and other events run by the AHS to be growing in popularity. You can revisit the entries for the Seasonal and Non-seasonal categories at these links. Results will be announced soon.

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Windfall: Australian Haiku – update

Windfall: Australian Haiku is a small annual print publication with fine examples of contemporary Australian haiku.

As advised by manager, Peter Macrow when mailing Issue 9, 2021 to subscribers, issue 10 will be the final issue.

Submissions to Windfall: Australian Haiku issue 10, were received during July 2021. All acceptances and non-acceptances were advised by the end of August 2021.

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White Pebbles Spring Meeting

September 2021

To celebrate spring and with New South Wales still in lockdown, White Pebbles members enjoyed an unhurried email meeting over three days.

Our facilitator Beverley George organised and circulated a worksheet prior to the meeting date. The word prompts reflected our ‘stay-at-home’ status, included heavy rain, first sign of Spring, sparked by others, night sky and free choice. 

Each member was invited to write one or more haiku to each prompt.

The poems were emailed to all members for suggestions.

There was a feast of poems to enjoy, and considered and thoughtful comments were circulated by email over the next few days with all nine members; Beverley George, Samantha Sirimanne Hyde, Kent Robinson, Colleen Keating, Gail Hennessy, Maire Glacken, Verna Rieschild, Gwen Bitti, and Marilyn Humbert participating.

Maire Glacken shared her take on life with Covid restrictions.

mirror’s reflection
Boris Johnson hairstyle
revealed

Maire Glacken

White Pebbles continues to thrive with the encouragement and support of every member even though our meetings at Gosford/Edogawa Gardens have been curtailed by Covid.

Report by Marilyn Humbert

Members’ News, August 2021

Tribute to Katherine Samuelowicz

Australian and international haiku poets were saddened this week to hear of the passing of Brisbane poet, Katherine Samuelowicz. Katherine, a talented and free-thinking poet whose haiku, tanka and other poetry was published widely, leaves a huge legacy for Australian haiku, particularly in her role as editor of one of Australian haiku’s most well-known and long running journals, paper wasp (1994-2016).  

Katherine’s association with paper wasp began in the early 90’s as a founding member of the paper wasp group which she led for a number of years. From the very first issue of the journal in 1994-95 – a collection of erotic haiku – a feature of Katherine’s editorship was a willingness to engage fresh voices. Many of us are beneficiaries of this attitude, with paper wasp unearthing a generation of Australian as well as international haiku poets.

Katherine was a great supporter of the Australian Haiku Society, serving in its early years as Secretary in 2003-2004. She was a co-editor, along with Janice Bostok and Vanessa Proctor, of the Second Australian Haiku Anthology (2006) and the Third Australian Haiku Anthology (2011) along with Jacqui Murray. In 2013, she also co-edited an anthology of Australian and New Zealand haiku.

Katherine was widely regarded as a generous and compassionate person who enjoyed the company of fellow poets. Her role as a full-time delegate to the 4th Haiku Pacific Rim Conference in 2009 was just one example of this.

Katherine is a significant voice in Australian haiku which deserves to be recognised. Some of Katherine’s publishing details can be found here. The Committee of the Australian Haiku Society wishes to acknowledge her contribution to Australian haiku and express our sincere condolences to Katherine’s family and loved ones.

another glass of wine
twilight carrying
the world away

……..Katherine Samuelowicz

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