Results of the John Bird Dreaming Award for Haiku

Dear Members,

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.

Rob Scott,
President, AHS

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Autumn Equinox Haiku String 2021

The Australian Haiku Society welcomes contributions from haiku poets worldwide to the Autumn Equinox Haiku String.

We will be holding this Haiku String during the day of the Southern Hemisphere Autumn Equinox, occurring in Australia this year on Saturday, 20th March, 2021. The String will remain open for contributions until Sunday 28th March to accommodate international poets who may wish to take part.

The Haiku String has now closed. Thank you to all the poets and please enjoy the contributions.

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Preliminary Announcement: Autumn Equinox Haiku String 2021

The Australian Haiku Society welcomes contributions from haiku poets worldwide to the Autumn Equinox Haiku String.

We will be holding the Haiku String during the day of the Southern Hemisphere Autumn Equinox, which occurs in Australia this year on Saturday 20th March, 2021. The String will remain open for contributions until Sunday 28th March to accommodate international poets who may wish to take part. Contributions may be made on the website during these dates only (not before).

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Report of Bindii Meeting for 28 February 2021

February’s Zoom meeting was an evaluation of haibun we had been tasked with writing since we last met. The results were quite diverse: Maeve offered a short story style haibun with paragraphs of prose punctuated by haiku at the end of each. Julia also offered a short story with a twist at the end, underlined by a tanka. Her example brought up the question of whether a poem could be used to clarify the text above it. We decided that this was certainly an option.

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Bindii Report Zoom meeting, January 2021

On Sunday January 24 six of us again attended a Zoom meeting: Julia Wakefield, Steve Wigg, Maeve Archibald, Stella Damarjati, Lynette Arden and Coral Carter.

We once more attempted a renku, this time led by Steve. We’d previously tried a Winter Junicho renku with Lynette as our Renku master. Steve had extensively studied Carley’s Renku Reckoner over the Christmas break and he challenged us with a twelve verse Summer Junicho.

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Bindii Report Zoom meeting in November

On Sunday November 29 six of us attended another Zoom meeting: Julia Wakefield, Steve Wigg, Maeve Archibald, Stella Damarjati Lynette Arden and Coral Carter.  Coral introduced us to her publishing house Nulla Nulla Press, which publishes WA haiku poets.

We had agreed to try composing some haiku prompted by 4 or 5 concrete nouns, as demonstrated in Hansha Teki’s Bipedal Verses https://heliosparrow.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/Bipedal_Verses-Hansha_Teki.pdf  so we could compare our different responses to each prompt. At the same time we looked at the ‘parallel verse’ approach that Hansha Teki demonstrated.

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