Report of Bindii meeting October 26, 2019

Five of us met at the State Library for a two-hour discussion and critique session. Members present were Julia Wakefield, Maeve Archibald, Dawn Colsey, Steve Wigg and Stella Damarjati. We had a apologies from, Marilyn Linn, Jill Gower, Lynette Arden and Athena Zaknic.

Our haiku theme was the one that Echidna Tracks is currently calling for (deadline in 3 days!), that is, previously unpublished haiku and senryu about recreation, relaxation, holidays, sport, hobbies and pastimes. Continue reading “Report of Bindii meeting October 26, 2019”

AHS Spring Equinox Haiku String 2019

The Australian Haiku Society welcomes contributions from haiku poets worldwide to the AHS Spring Equinox Haiku String 2019.

The String will remain open for contributions until Wednesday 25th September to accommodate international poets who may wish to take part.

rockpool
a small hand breaks
through the clouds

Vanessa Proctor

The haiku string has now closed. Please enjoy the contributions.

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Spring Equinox Haiku String

The Australian Haiku Society welcomes contributions from haiku poets worldwide to the AHS Spring Equinox Haiku String 2019.

We will be holding a Haiku String during the day of the Southern Hemisphere Spring Equinox, which occurs in Australia on Monday, 23rd September, 2019. The String will remain open for contributions until Wednesday 25th September to accommodate international poets who may wish to take part. A submission form will be made available on the website during these dates (not before). Continue reading “Spring Equinox Haiku String”

Report of August 24 Bindii meeting.

Five of us met at the State Library for a two-hour discussion and critique session. Members present were Julia Wakefield, Lynette Arden, Maeve Archibald. We had a apologies from Dawn Colsey, Marilyn Linn, Margaret Fensom, Jill Gower and Athena Zaknic.

We had two new potential members, Steve Wigg and Stella Damarjati.  Steve drew our attention to the work of Richard Gilbert, who wrote ‘The Disjunctive Dragonfly’ http://research.gendaihaiku.com/dragonfly/DisjunctiveDragonfly.htm and the poetry of Eve Luckring http://www.eveluckring.com/publications2015.html

The theme was senryu, and attendees were asked to bring a definition of the senryu as well as a few examples. Continue reading “Report of August 24 Bindii meeting.”

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.

 

Continue reading “Australian Haiku Society Winter Solstice 2019 Haiga Kukai: Seasonal”