Report for Bindii meeting, June 27 2021

Present: Lynette Arden, Stella Damarjati, Steve Wigg, Julia Wakefield. Apologies: Maeve Archibald.

Steve gave a short presentation, preceded by a description of the online tea ceremony that he experienced. He related how there are winter solstice ceremonies in Japan that are designed to appeal to all the senses, and this example included an ikebana arrangement, sound stimuli such as the ‘deer scarer’ fountain, a scroll with the inscription ‘Direct (the) mind in this place’ and a charcoal burning, using a log of a special type of Japanese wood that creates a glowing star. It was at such ceremonies as these that renku were traditionally written. Steve’s online ceremony did not include poets, but we liked the possibility of uniting an international online ceremony with a renku in the future.

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AHS Winter Solstice Haiku String 2021

Entries have now closed for The AHS Winter Solstice Haiku String. Please enjoy the many contributions from poets worldwide.

The Australian Haiku Society welcomes contributions from haiku poets worldwide to the Winter Solstice Haiku String.

We will be holding this Haiku String during the day of the Southern Hemisphere Winter Solstice, occurring in Australia this year on Monday, 21st June, 2021. The String will remain open for contributions until Monday 28th June to accommodate international poets who may wish to take part.

Haiku String – Instructions

The AHS invites you to share with us your original, previously unpublished haiku or senryu on the theme of Food or Cooking.  We invite you to explore a multiplicity of ideas in the String without necessarily using the terms food or cooking, though you may if you wish.

The haiku will be linked by subject and theme, it is not necessary for each haiku to relate to the one before it.

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Preliminary Announcement: Winter Solstice Haiku String 2021

The Australian Haiku Society welcomes contributions from haiku poets worldwide to the Winter Solstice Haiku String.

We will be holding the Haiku String during the day of the Southern Hemisphere Winter Solstice, which occurs in Australia this year on Monday 21st June, 2021. The String will remain open for contributions until Monday 28th June 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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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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