A beautiful new guide to writing haiku is now available for free download from the Sydney School of Arts & Humanities.
Written by the Australian haiku writer Quendryth Young, A Haiku Workshop is a comprehensive collection of succinct guidelines to writing English-language haiku – backed up with examples from Quendryth’s own extensive and award-winning body of work.
Quendryth has agreed to share her guidelines in e-brochure form to “spread the message, spread the joy, spread the elation . . . of living with senses wide open to the environment, in order to capture significant moments of observation with concision and resonance”.
A new collection of Australian themed rengay by Simon Hanson & Ron C. Moss has been launched and published by Caroline Skanne and is now available for free download at wildflower poetry press and at hedgerow: a journal of small poems. Ancient Bloodlines is accompanied by the evocative watercolours of Ron C. Moss and features a particularly innovative style of text formatting he has developed. With “delicate touches of humour and delight, with tones that range from serious and sombre to playful and respectful. Enjoy the paths they have made for you in Ancient Bloodlines, but also lose yourself in these vivid verses so you can find your own” (from the foreword by Michael Dylan Welch).
On the 24th March, in the beautiful surrounds of the Allport Library in Hobart, I had the honour of launching Ron Moss’s recent book, Bushfire Moon, with the following words:
I first met Ron about seventeen years ago when his friend Ross Coward brought him along to a meeting of the then recently formed haiku group, Watersmeet. I remember sitting around the long table in the Salamanca Arts Centre meeting room. We had each brought along an object from nature as a prompt for writing, and when it came to sharing our jottings I was struck by the detailed observation and insight in the pieces Ron read out. I can still see the trail of tiny black ants Continue reading “Launch of Bushfire Moon”
Small Worlds is a book/catalogue of paintings in an exhibition by Hobart painter, Luke Wagner. Each of fifteen paintings of bonsai is accompanied by a haiku by Lyn, in a limited edition, beautifully presented hard cover publication. Paintings and book details can be viewed at http://www.colvillegallery.com.au/artists/lukewagner.php
The book was launched at the exhibition opening on the 5th March and is available from the gallery and from Hobart Bookshop.
Vanessa Proctor from Sydney and Gregory Piko from Yass have collaborated in writing a book of haiku that celebrate the joys of parenthood from the creation of a new life through to early childhood.
The book is titled Blowing Up Balloons: baby poems for parents and is published by Red Moon Press. Vanessa and Gregory will be launching Blowing Up Balloons (BUB) in both Sydney and Yass over the coming weeks with everyone invited to attend.
Eleven Australians have haiku included in a remarkable international anthology from India, entitled:
naad anunaad: An Anthology of Contemporary World Haiku
Editor-in-Chief: Kala Ramesh
Editors: Sanjuktaa Asopa & Shloka Shankar
ISBN- 978-93-85665-33-2 Pune, Vishwakarma Publications, 2016
The project began with Kala Ramesh sending emails to poets around the world whose work she enjoyed, asking them to submit some of their best haiku, with details of where they were first published. Kala’s aim was to publish in India an anthology of international contemporary haiku, at an affordable price for anyone in her own country who wanted to know more about this genre. She also hoped it might be possible to include work from her students. Continue reading “11 Australians in anthology from India “
Selections and commentary by Noriko Tanaka, translations by Amelia Fielden and Saeko Ogi
Ginninderra Press, 2016
“Poems to Wear is a wonderful collection – brilliantly conceived, beautifully written . . . Part 1 contains haiku and tanka by modern and contemporary Japanese poets and Part 2 contains haiku and tanka by Australian poets. The poets are at their imaginative best . . . they collect observations from the world of attire and present the reader with poems both thought provoking and a pleasure to read . . . the result is vivid work, animated and illuminated . . .”