AHS Winter Solstice 2019 Haiga Kukai: Non-Seasonal Results with Comments by Judge Ron Moss

pocket watch

 

1st Place

aunt’s passing
the way tomorrow
never comes

Rose van Son

This is a powerful haiku that resonates deeply. It’s said that time waits for no one and the passing of all things is the one thing we can be sure of in life. The mystery the poet has given us about a tomorrow that never comes resonates strongly with the painting of the pocket watch. Time is always passing, and so do we eventually. Nothing brings this home more than when a loved one passes. So much to reflect on here, and I’m grateful to the poet for an opportunity to do just that.

 

2nd Place

PTSD
the soldier occupies
two different places

Michael Morell

 

The jarring nature of four capital letters in the opening line and their meaning of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome make this a poem not to be trivialised, but thought about deeply. Who can know what a soldier goes through unless they have had a similar experience? The last line gives us a riddle or mystery that invites the reader to explore. The link to the watch is cleverly set up with the occupying of different places.

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Australian Haiku Society Winter Solstice 2019 Haiga Kukai: Seasonal Results with Comments by Judge Ron Moss

snowman

 

1st Place

 

snowball fight
grandpa’s belly
white with snow

Lucy Whitehead

 

This is a delightful moment and connects beautifully to the painting. The association between grandpa’s belly and the snowman is wonderful, and we are filled with a feeling of family and good times. Like any good haiga there’s a strong interplay between the image and the haiku and we can see many connections here. The love and warmth of a grandpa, and the much-loved figure of a snowman, leaves us with a smile and a feeling of playfulness. In a few short lines the writer has given us so much to feel, and the memories of childhood, and sometimes-adult games, come flooding back.

 

2nd Place

 

winter doldrums
looking both ways first
i eat the snowmans nose

Michael Rehling

 

What fun! What a devious but totally delightful moment. We have this very funny situation with a clever juxtaposition to the winter doldrums. What could be more life-fulfilling, than to bust out with humour to bring us out of the winter blues? The poet is mischievous and don’t we love him for it – the spirit of the snowman might have something to say about losing his juicy carrot nose, but we are all the richer for the fun of it all.

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Australian Haiku Society Winter Solstice 2019 Haiga Kukai: Non-Seasonal

Welcome, haiku poets worldwide to the Australian Haiku Society Winter Solstice Kukai.  Entries close on Saturday 29th June.

Write a haiku in response to the image.

Enter no more than one haiku per image. Haiku entered should not have been published previously in print or online, including in discussion forums. If you enter more than one haiku per image, only your first haiku will be considered.

Your name should appear on your entry as you would like to see it on the website.

The winning haiku will be displayed on the AHS website.

By entering the competition, entrants agree to make their haiku available for use on the AHS website, although copyright will remain with the author.

No correspondence will be entered into regarding winning entries.

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Australian Haiku Society Winter Solstice 2019 Haiga Kukai: Seasonal

Welcome, haiku poets worldwide to the Australian Haiku Society Winter Solstice Kukai.  Entries close on Saturday 29th June.

Write a haiku in response to the image.

Enter no more than one haiku per image. Haiku entered should not have been published previously in print or online, including in discussion forums. If you enter more than one haiku per image, only your first haiku will be considered.

Your name should appear on your entry as you would like to see it on the website.

The winning haiku will be displayed on the AHS website.

By entering the competition, entrants agree to make their haiku available for use on the AHS website, although copyright will remain with the author.

No correspondence will be entered into regarding winning entries.

 

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Prior Notification of AHS Winter 2019 Haiga Kukai

The Australian Haiku Society will be holding a Haiga Kukai for the Winter Solstice, 2019. Two images by Ron C. Moss will be displayed on the AHS website from the commencement of the solstice on 22nd  June and poets are invited to submit one previously unpublished haiku inspired by each image from that time until 29th June. Ron will then select the winning haiku which will be displayed on the AHS website.
Please note that if more than one haiku per image is submitted by any individual, only the first haiku sent will be considered.
Submissions will only be accepted if entered in the comments section, which can be found at the bottom of the post.
By entering the competition, entrants agree to make their haiku available for use on the AHS website, although copyright will remain with the author.
No correspondence will be entered into regarding winning entries.
Please make sure that your name appears on your entry as you would like to see it on the website.

Report on Bindii meeting of 1 June 2019

Four members of Bindii (Julia Wakefield, Lynette Arden, Dawn Colsey and Athena Zaknic) met at the Box Factory in Regent St Adelaide at 12.30 pm to share, write and discuss haiku.

Apologies were received from Maeve Archibald, Sara Sims, Margaret Fensom and Michelle Slattery.

Julia Wakefield had selected haiku from two anthologies and asked members to select their favourites. Members spoke about haiku they particularly liked. Lynette Arden also spoke about several published haiku she had selected, which she thought demonstrated depth and resonance. Continue reading “Report on Bindii meeting of 1 June 2019”

Reminder Call for Submissions: Echidna Tracks Issue 3: Insects, Animals, Birds and Fish

For Issue 3 we will be looking for previously unpublished haiku sharing your observations and interactions with insects, animals, birds or fish. Species definitions do not matter here; amoeba, spiders, butterflies, molluscs, whales, coral reefs, ecosystems and our own animal nature all lie within our scope. We prefer haiku compatible with an appreciation of all with whom we cohabit the earth. Our focus will be on Australian fauna as well as introduced species that now feature in the Australian context.

Submissions for Echidna Tracks Issue 3: Insects, Animals, Birds and Fish will be accepted throughout the month of April, 2019 via the form on the website.

https://echidnatracks.com/submissions/

Haiku Workshop by Julia Wakefield for Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group

Nine people attended the haiku workshop on 6 April in The Box Factory, Adelaide.

The workshop commenced at 12.30. To begin, Julia asked participants to select a card with a visual stimulus for writing a haiku. We were expected to work on composing a haiku through the afternoon for presentation at the end of the workshop.

Julia distributed a handout outlining the basic principles of haiku with traditional rules and technical requirements, followed by many haiku examples, both traditional and modern.

Julia started by telling us why she writes haiku and still finds it an exciting challenge, then spoke about the guidelines for haiku writing.

Participants each found a haiku from the worksheets to comment on and share with the group, then performed various exercises, such as completing the last line of a haiku when the first two were given and rearranging the structure of a given haiku example into one, two or three lines. There was much discussion about the merit of examples and what they meant to each participant.

The workshop continued after a short break for refreshments with a look at various view of haiku by such authors as Penny Harter and Martin Lucas.

To finish the session participants presented the haiku they had composed for the postcards. There was a good deal of discussion about these haiku and how they might be structurally improved.

Julia will organize a follow up email workshop for participants.

The workshop concluded at 2.45 pm.

 

Lynette Arden