Review of “Haiku Bindii: Willow Light”

The following review has been written by Patricia Prime (NZ), editor of “Kokako”:

“Haiku Bindii: Willow Light. Journal of Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group 2015: Volume 2” has been edited by Lee Bentley, with layout and design by Lynette Arden.

Payment can be made via Paypal to lee.bentley@y7mail.com 1. $10AUD; 2. $15AUD; 3 $24 AUD; 4. $30 AUD. 5 or more copies, please contact Lee for details.

“Haiku Bindii: Willow Light” is the Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group’s second collection from Australian poets. Haiga inside front and back covers and throughout the book are by Belinda Broughton. The collection is composed of haiku, tanka, tanka prose and haibun.

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Publication of John Carley’s “Renku Reckoner”

Thanks to Lorin Ford for passing on the following message from Norman Darlington about the recent publication of John Carley’s “Renku Reckoner”, through Darlington Richards Press: as Lorin herself has noted, “This is the book many of us have been waiting for!”

Norman Darlington writes:

Darlington Richard Press are pleased to announce that John Carley’s eagerly-awaited “Renku Reckoner” is now available athttp://www.lulu.com/spotlight/darlingtonrichards.

Carley’s 186-page “haikai manifesto” includes descriptions, seasonal schemas, appraisals and examples of twelve traditional and modern renku forms, from the 36-verse kasen to the 4-verse yotsumono, and 19 chapters on renku theory and practice, including a series of carefully constructed exercises. This authoritative work will be a welcome addition to the library of any poet or reader, beginner or advanced, with a serious interest in collaborative poetry in English.

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Copies of haiku anthology “A Vast Sky” available

Patricia Prime (editor, “Kokako”, New Zealand) wishes to advise Australian haiku poets who are contributors to the haiku anthology “A Vast Sky” that copies of this collection are now available.

Below, contributing poets will find the text of a message sent by Bruce Ross (from the United States), giving details about how to go about obtaining a copy of “A Vast Sky”.

Please note, however, that the first print-run for “A Vast Sky” has already sold out, such that the anthology will be reprinted in mid-May.

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Launch of “The Bone Carver” by Ron C. Moss

On Friday, February 20th, Hobartians welcomed the long-awaited arrival of Ron C. Moss’s prize-winning haiku collection, “The Bone Carver” (Snapshot Press, 2014), at the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts.

http://www.snapshotpress.co.uk/books/the_bone_carver.htm

In her launch speech, Beverley George – past president of the Australian Haiku Society – began by giving an overview of the nature of haiku and of its current practice, citing John Bird’s description of the form:

“A haiku is a brief poem, built on sensory images from the environment. It invokes an insight into our world and its peoples.”

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Butterfly Dream: 66 Selected English-Chinese Bilingual Haiku

The haiku featured in Chen-ou Liu’s 2014 ‘Butterfly Dream’ series have now been collected and published as a free-to-read e-book, accessible from his ‘NeverEnding Story: First English-Chinese Bilingual Haiku and Tanka’ blog, through this link:

http://neverendingstoryhaikutanka.blogspot.ca/2014/10/hot-news-butterfly-dream-volume-one-2014.html

Australians Lorin Ford, Beverley George, Keitha Keyes and Marilyn Humbert are among those whose haiku have been translated and feature in this collection.

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Lorin Ford’s ‘a wattle seedpod’ now a free e-book

Lorin Ford has made her book of haiku, ‘a wattle seedpod’ (PostPressed, 2008) available to all as a free pdf download from the The Haiku Foundation Digital Library. As well as 109 haiku, ‘a wattle seedpod’ has a cover by Ron Moss and a foreword by John Bird, founder of HaikuOz.

www.thehaikufoundation.org/omeka/items/show/175

‘a wattle seedpod’ won first prize in the 2009 HSA Mildred Kanterman Merit Book Awards, the first book by an Australian author to be awarded that honour.

Haiga Collaboration

A new haiga collaboration involving Beverley George, Mariko Kitakubo and Ron C. Moss can be viewed at:

http://www.haigaonline.com/issue15-1/contents.html

The previously published or awarded haiku of Australian Central Coast poet and former president of the Australian Haiku Society, Beverley George, are translated into the delicate calligraphy of Tokyo tanka poet and performer, Mariko Kitakubo, and further enhanced by the skilled and sensitive sumi-e of Tasmanian poet and artist, Ron C. Moss.

NeverEnding Story

Chen-ou Liu from Toronto, Canada, has established NeverEnding Story – the first English-Chinese Bilingual Haiku and Tanka blog.

http://neverendingstoryhaikutanka.blogspot.com.au/

Apart from providing a daily blog on haiku and tanka, the site presents an anthology of haiku submitted in 2013 (Butterfly Dream), and another anthology of tanka (One Man’s Maple Moon), both of which include poems by Australian writers.

The NeverEnding Story web site provides details of how to submit haiku and tanka for inclusion in the 2014 anthologies.