A Christmas Message from the President

I’m looking forward to our Summer Solstice Haiku String which opens tomorrow on the subject of Peace, something that is worth reflecting on now more than ever.  Please consider contributing your haiku.

As it is not only the Christmas season but also our long summer holiday, here at the Australian Haiku Society we’ll be taking a break from our regular features until the end of January so that we can recharge our batteries and come to you with renewed energy to celebrate Australian haiku in 2018.

I would like to wish all our members and their families a very Merry Christmas and a happy, peaceful and creative New Year.

Vanessa Proctor

President, Australian Haiku Society

The Red Dragonflies’ Christmas meeting and Ginko, 2017. Report by Margaret Mahony.

The Red Dragonflies’ Christmas Meeting and Ginko was held on the 2nd December, 2017 at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, led by Vanessa Proctor. Also attending were Barbara Fisher, Beverley George, Cynthia Rowe, Dawn Bruce, Willem Tibben and two guests Carol Reynolds and Margaret Mahony from Discovery Writers and the newly formed Illawong Haiku Group.

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AHS Spring Haiga Kukai: Non Seasonal Results with comments by judge Ron Moss

capture

First Place

silence a haunting in the archives of a sigh

-Lorin Ford

Haiku that resonate more with every reading do not reveal themselves at first glance, they require a deeper investigation. This haiku fascinated me from the first reading and I found an instant connection between silence and the film equipment. Then we have the wonderful a haunting in the archives of a sigh… splendid! One could draw many meanings and connections, but for me the capturing of memories is the haunting from the past and the mention of a sigh their emotional content. This becomes a powerful mix of juxtaposition and intrigue.

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AHS Spring Haiga Kukai: Seasonal Results with comments by judge Ron Moss

in purple

First Place

homecoming . . .
a bouquet of sky
in an old jar

-Debbie Strange

A lovely evocative haiku that links beautifully with the image’s soft and hard shapes and also the interesting connection with a bouquet of sky. The feeling of a homecoming is embedded deep within the words and image colours. The soft focus adds a feeling of memory and passing of time. Something new has come from the blending of haiku and image which is the hallmark of a really excellent haiga.

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What Haiku Means to Me: by Vanessa Proctor

Haiku brings me joy. It brings me joy when I experience a moment of inspiration and it brings me joy when I am able to translate that moment into poetry. Writing haiku encourages us to be present, to look, really look at the world in which we live to see things with a fresh perspective. When we stop and take time to observe, we experience our surroundings fully with all our senses. We truly live in the moment.

I enjoy trying to capture in words the unique and distinctly Australian character of my local area, noticing the changes in seasons, the plants, birds and animals. I also enjoy thinking about how people interact with each other and with their landscape. Filling my notebook with poems gives me great satisfaction. There is a sense of solitary joy, but joy also comes from reading the work of others, especially when I read a brilliant haiku and it continues to resonate with me in what Wordsworth described as ‘that inward eye’.

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A New Vice President for the Australian Haiku Society

I would like to welcome Lyn Reeves as the new Vice President of the Australian Haiku Society. Lyn has been involved in the Society since its inception and brings a great deal of experience to the role.

I would like to thank Lynette Arden, our outgoing Vice President, for the huge amount of work she has done for the AHS over the past four and a half years. She has been very dedicated to her role as Vice President and has made a lasting contribution to the Society. We are fortunate that she will remain involved in the AHS in her capacity as Web Manager.

Vanessa Proctor, AHS President

Red Dragonflies’ Winter Meeting, 2017

The Red Dragonflies warmly welcomed their newest member, Willem Tibben on Saturday and immediately set him to work to write the meeting report below:

The Red Dragonflies gathered at the welcoming home of Barbara Fisher for their winter meeting. Present were: Dawn Bruce, Cynthia Rowe, Vanessa Proctor, Willem Tibben, and our host.

Vanessa had set the homework around four themes: absence, parenting, going barefoot and chocolate. She had also asked everyone to bring two haiku each for the ‘bowl’. After a round of copy distribution and dexterous folding (‘macramé haiku’ someone ventured) we were away…

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Roberta Beary’s Visit to Melbourne

On Monday 13th March, a group of poets met at Ola Cohn’s Fairies Tree in Melbourne’s iconic Fitzroy Gardens to meet with Roberta Beary, the Haiku Foundation’s Roving Ambassador.

Tucked away from the busy activities of Melbourne’ s Moomba festival, the expanse of grass lawns and trees were a perfect location.

Those who attended were Sophia Frentz, Jayashree Maniyill, Janet Howie, Lorin Ford, Madhuri Pillai, Marisa Fazio, Takanori Hayakawa, Ela Fornalska and Jennifer Sutherland. Continue reading “Roberta Beary’s Visit to Melbourne”