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For Issue 3 we will be looking for previously unpublished haiku sharing your observations and interactions with insects, animals, birds or fish.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

 

 

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For Issue 3 we will be looking for previously unpublished haiku sharing your observations and interactions with insects, animals, birds or fish.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/

AHS Autumn Equinox Haiku String 2019

AHS invites you to share with us your original haiku about City Life. This is a wide-ranging topic. We invite you to explore a multiplicity of ideas in the String without using the words ‘city life’.

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

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Announcement of AHS Autumn Equinox Haiku String 2019

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

We will be holding a Haiku String during the day of the Southern Hemisphere Autumn Equinox, which occurs in Australia on Thursday, 21st March 2019. The String will remain open for contributions until Saturday 23rd March to accommodate international poets who may wish to take part. Continue reading “Announcement of AHS Autumn Equinox Haiku String 2019”

An Introduction to Haiku: Workshop by Julia Wakefield

Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group Presents

An introduction to Haiku

bird imagehaiku
what are they
why we write them

Saturday 6 April, from 12.30 – 2.30 pm
Box Factory
59 Regent St,
Adelaide

Cost: $8

The haiku is an ancient Japanese poetry form, but it is as relevant today as it has always been. Western poets have adopted and adapted the form to suit contemporary tastes, and the fact that the form continues to evolve in Japan is, paradoxically, entirely in keeping with tradition.

Bindii member Julia Wakefield will give a brief introduction to the combined complexity and simplicity of the haiku form. After a short break, there will be a series of group exercises that focus on composing haiku.

Refreshments provided.

To book, contact Julia at Julia.wakefield@gmail.com or call 0433975590

Word file: info for haiku workshop 2019 (003)

PDF file: info for haiku workshop 2019

 

 

Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group Meeting 2 February 2019

Our first meeting for 2019 had two attendees: Lynette Arden and Maeve Archibald.
The activity chosen by Lynette proved very successful in stimulating ideas for writing haiku.
We took it in turn to choose a Haiku at random from the book haiku mind by Patricia Donegan.
Each haiku was written up on the board and we discussed it.
We read the commentary on the poem from the book and considered what it was that we got from the poem.
We then used the haiku as a spur for our own writing, taking whatever it had evoked as our guide.
This varied between themes, styles, subject matter, and or emotional impact.
We discussed and commentated on each other’s work.  Each of us were able to produce 2-3 haiku poems that we found quite satisfying.

The chief value in this exercise was the variety of different haiku gave a variety of stimuli, perhaps providing a new field from which we could each draw.

Maeve Archibald

 

AHS Summer Solstice Haiku String 2018

AHS invites you to share with us your original haiku about Change, a subject that is particularly pertinent at the end of the year. This is a wide-ranging topic. We invite you to explore a multiplicity of ideas in the String without using the word ‘change’.

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

Thank you for your contributions to the AHS Summer Solstice Haiku String 2018 on ‘change’. The String is now closed for contributions, but please enjoy the haiku in the String. Contributors have come from both Australia and many other countries, which is reflected in the diverse range of haiku. 

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