Jumble Box

A new international anthology of haiku & senryu has just been released. Jumble Box, edited by Michael Dylan Welch and featuring the art of Ron C. Moss contains work from 100 poets. This anthology grew out of the many submissions to the National Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo) received in February 2017 including selections from seven Australians; Belinda Broughton, Samar Ghose,   Jayashree  Maniyil, Marietta McGregor,  Rowena McGregor, Ron C. Moss and Rosemary Nissen-Wade.

Jumble Box - cover

In the introduction, Opening the Jumble Box, Michael Dylan Welch writes; “One of my favorite quotations about haiku is by R. H. Blyth: “Haiku is a hand beckoning, a door half-opened, a mirror wiped clean. It is a way of returning to nature, to our moon nature, our cherry blossom nature, our falling leaf nature, in short, to our Buddha nature.” This observation reminds us that haiku points to a source. . .  The following poems emerged as some of the best from many thousands written for NaHaiWriMo in 2017. I shared a short list of about 400 selections with Tasmanian artist Ron C. Moss, who chose one poem for each day of the month. In response, he  created twenty-eight original haiga—a painting for each poem he selected, with the poem added in calligraphy. He also created the cover art, and suggested the book’s title, from a poem by Greg Longenecker. Surely the many ways we write haiku are like a jumble box—and as with a box of chocolates, you never know what you’ll discover.”

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Members’ News August, 2017

Spring is almost here! for us in the Southern hemisphere anyway, with the approach of the equinox on the 23rd of September, though a friend in Adelaide tells me her almond tree pronounced Spring is here! with a gorgeous burst of blossom back in late July, (that tree clearly not consulting the calendar), while another friend living north of the Tropic of Capricorn tells me they only talk of the wet and dry seasons. Assigning seasons is a precarious business.

August has come and gone as the mystery of time continues to unfold and we have managed to catch a few snippets of it here.

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Japanese Australian Poetry Festival

A cross-cultural event celebrating poetry by the Japanese-Australian community and Japanese poetic influences in Australia will be happening in Melbourne between September 25th and October 1st 2017.

The festival presents poetry readings, a tea ceremony, discussions, a tanka performance with music and a spring “ginko walk” where participants may write haiku in the lovely surrounds of the Botanical Gardens.

Further information and registration details can be found here.

 

Haiku @ The Oaks, Canberra

Tuesday 22 August 2017

Sunlit pink blossoms along the lane through Weston Park welcomed us to another haiku buzz at The Oaks Brasserie. After Canberra’s bitter winter, it was a joy to sit around an outside table and to feel the warmth at last, while miners and currawongs squabbled in branches overhead. Despite a residue of snow on the hills, spring is surely awakening once more. Continue reading “Haiku @ The Oaks, Canberra”

re:Virals 101

Sandra Simpson has had her commentary on a fascinating haiku by Hansha Teki selected as winner of The Haiku Foundation’s weekly re:Virals feature and has in turn selected a haiku by Lorin Ford for this coming week’s consideration.

a last year’s lambskin where mushrooms gather dusk

— Lorin Ford, First Place, Katikati Haiku Contest (2014)

https://www.thehaikufoundation.org/2017/08/18/revirals-101-2/

You are invited to comment on any haiku posted in re:Virals and selected commentaries will be posted in part or in full on the THF website along with the opportunity to select the next haiku for consideration. Comments need to be sent to The Haiku Foundation Contact box by Tuesday midnight (Eastern US Time Zone).