Bindii Report: Zoom Meeting in October

On Sunday October 25, 2020, six of us attended another Zoom meeting: Julia Wakefield, Steve Wigg, Maeve Archibald, Stella Damarjati Lynette Arden and Beverley George. This time we attempted a sequence based on the two prompts supplied by Beverley George: SECLUSION and GARDENS. Beverley did not take part in the sequence, but she was happy to contribute her comments.

Some of us found the former topic quite challenging at first, but as we worked on the sequence we found we were able to incorporate quite a few of the garden haiku into what began as a seclusion sequence. We all agreed to share the final sequence online, so here it is:

Continue reading “Bindii Report: Zoom Meeting in October”

AHS Spring Equinox Haiku String 2020.

Thank you for your contributions to the AHS Spring Equinox Haiku String 2020 on ‘Early Spring’. The String is now closed for contributions, but please enjoy the haiku in the String. Contributors have come from Australia and many other countries, which is reflected in the diverse range of haiku.

Continue reading “AHS Spring Equinox Haiku String 2020.”

Announcement of Spring Equinox Haiku String

The Australian Haiku Society welcomes contributions from haiku poets worldwide to the AHS Spring Equinox Haiku String 2020.

We will be holding a Haiku String during the day of the Southern Hemisphere Spring Equinox, which occurs in Australia on Tuesday, 22rd September 2020. The String will remain open for contributions until Thursday 25th September to accommodate international poets who may wish to take part. Contributions may be made on the website during these dates (not before).

Spring Equinox Haiku String – Instructions

AHS invites you to share with us your original haiku or senryu on the theme of ‘Early Spring’. We invite you to explore a multiplicity of ideas in the String without necessarily using the words ‘early spring’.

The haiku will be linked by the subject Early Spring. It is not necessary for each haiku to relate to the one before it.

  1. Please contribute up to three of your best haiku or senryu.
  2. Haiku should be posted in the comment box at the end of the post.
  3. Haiku posted must be original work by the poet making the post. Please include your name below each haiku as you wish it to appear.

Posting your work in the AHS Spring Equinox Haiku String 2020 assumes the following:

Copyright of each haiku remains with the author. We request nonexclusive permission to publish your work on AHS website and to republish it in any future online collections on the AHS website.

Rob Scott

Results: AHS Winter Haiga Kukai 2020 Non-Seasonal


1st Place


winter afternoon
draining the shadows
from a teacup

Gail Oare


This haiku presented itself as a solid winner from the first time I read it and it continues to resonate with each reading. Like all good haiku, one that stays with you and reveals successive layers, this is truly a classic moment. The scene is set on the first line and the connection with the shadows and cup in the image gives us the marvellous second line draining the shadows. This evokes for me what the late Martin Lucas, the fine English poet and editor, described as a “poetic spell,” — a special essence. This haiku works beautifully with the image to raise both the elements of art and words, together creating something greater. Continue reading “Results: AHS Winter Haiga Kukai 2020 Non-Seasonal”

Results AHS Winter Haiga Kukai 2020 Seasonal

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1st Place

shortest day—
the robin and I sing
a little longer

Corine Timmer


This one was a clear winner for me with a lot going on in just a few words. The robin is the main feature of the image but the sounds we cannot hear are told in the haiku with fine suggestive detail. We have the contrast between the shortest day and a little longer; this sets the scene for a landscape of emotional suggestion. The poet creates a lovely deep connection between the robin and the witness. So much so that you can see there’s no separation between the two. Wouldn’t we all love to sing a little longer and to be fully present and alive in the world? Continue reading “Results AHS Winter Haiga Kukai 2020 Seasonal”

Bindii Report on Zoom Meeting in May

On Saturday June 27 we held another Zoom meeting. Four of us attended: Julia Wakefield, Steve Wigg, Stella Damarjati and Lynette Arden, with apologies from Dawn Colsey and Maeve Archibald.

We had arranged at the previous meeting to try putting together a sequence, using the theme of ‘sound’. Each member was required to bring along between three and five haiku that they had written on this theme. Continue reading “Bindii Report on Zoom Meeting in May”

Australian Haiku Society Winter Solstice Haiga Kukai 2020: Non-Seasonal

Welcome, haiku poets worldwide to the Australian Haiku Society Winter Solstice Haiga Kukai. Entries close on midnight Sunday 28th of June AEST.

You are invited to write a haiku in response to the image. Continue reading “Australian Haiku Society Winter Solstice Haiga Kukai 2020: Non-Seasonal”