a single red blossom
on the blackened branch
There is no doubt that the weather is changing and that there is a climate emergency upon us. In Australia the records keep being broken, records of storms, high temperatures, low rainfall, and continuous drought, all of which have beset our beautiful country. I chose this photograph, which I captured on a recent deployment in Queensland fighting the bushfires with other Tasmanian crews, to use for the seasonal image for the Kukai. The fire was out of control and burning over the surrounding mountains. I was looking for haiku that worked with the power of the image to bring us an emotional connection. Louise has captured very well the danger of the scene, but she has also expressed an overwhelming feeling of hope. Things have their time and place, but there will be rebirth. A lot to pack into a one-breath three line haiku, but I think it has been achieved very well indeed and so I would like to award it a worthy first place. Continue reading “Results of the Australian Haiku Society Summer Solstice 2019 Haiga Kukai: Seasonal”
painted cow –
the village boy’s makeup
This haiku appealed for the mystery that it evokes along with the brightly coloured display cow. Who is the boy and what is his life like shrouded in what is still seen as taboo? It seems very much a social comment about the changing times and attitudes we have towards each other. Good haiga are when the haiku and image combine to create something more than their individual parts. I think this combination leads us to examine our thinking, and how there can be change for the better. Continue reading “Results of the Australian Haiku Society Summer Solstice 2019 Haiga Kukai: Non-Seasonal”
The Australian Haiku Society will be holding a Haiga Kukai for the Summer Solstice, 2019. Two images by Ron C. Moss will be displayed on the AHS website from 15th December (a week before the commencement of the Solstice) and poets are invited to submit one previously unpublished haiku inspired by each image from that time until the day of the Summer Solstice, Sunday 22nd December. 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.
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.
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”