Jutei and Basho by Esther Theiler

Esther Theiler’s new book Jutei and Basho is now available from Ginninderra Press.


Jutei was a woman who lived in Japan in the seventeenth century and had a relationship of some kind with the great haiku master, Matsuo Basho. This is an imaginative re-construction of the life of Jutei, intertwined with the historically known life of Basho and written in the spirit of haibun and haiku.

Continue reading “Jutei and Basho by Esther Theiler”

The Heart of Haiku by Jane Hirshfield

Jane Hirshfield, translator with Mariko Aratani of the poety of Shikibu and Komachi in the ‘Ink Dark Moon’ has had a new e-book about Basho released by Amazon in the Kindle Singles series.

The new book is titled ‘The Heart of Haiku’ and is based on a lecture she gave several years ago. It is available from:


Beverley George

Day’s End: Poetry and Photography about Aging

Announcing Day’s End: A collection of haiku, senryu, tanka matched with images and of haibun on the subject of aging by 50 poets. Editor Ray Rasmussen. Guest Editor Anita Virgil.


This website contains a collection of images and poems by some of the well-known poets in the contemporary haiku, senryu, tanka and haibun genres. Also included are poems from Asian poetry masters – voices from the past sharing the same sensibilities as we, who think of ourselves as modern.

Haiku Dreaming Australia – June 2010 Report

Note this resource is available, but submissions have closed.


Haiku Dreaming Australia started in 2006 as an online publication to encourage the writing of haiku relevant to Australia, and to provide a permanent display of the best of these. The background and rationale are given in Dreaming’s online articles.

How it Works:
I, as editor, review haiku publications and select material for the Dreaming Collection. In addition many poets directly submit their poems (over 1000 to date) and editors draw my attention to poems they think I should consider. In 2009 I sponsored an international haiku competition (Judges: Janice Bostok, Lorin Ford, Ron Moss and Rob Scott) which yielded 28 haiku for Dreaming, including 8 from overseas. Of the thousands of haiku considered in the last four years I have accepted and published 362.

I remove haiku from the Collection to the Dreaming Archives as guided by peer reviews I receive. 134 of the 362 haiku selected have since been removed to the Archives leaving 228 currently in the Collection. At this stage 200-250 seems a reasonable population.. Of the initial 120 haiku published in 2006, 19 survive.

Continue reading “Haiku Dreaming Australia – June 2010 Report”

Members Publications – Dawn Bruce

‘Sketching Light’ published by Ginninderra Press 2008

ISBN 978l 74027 4760, 92pp, $20.00
Dawn Bruce’s sustained engagement with Japanese poetic genres informs her free verse too, imbuing it with spare elegance and a keen sense of the immediate. This is disciplined writing that prunes the extraneous and allows us to see the clear images upon which this poet bases her commentary on human experience. Dawn’s love of and commitment to poetry is evident in every line.’- Beverley George

Available from: Dawn Bruce contact through somersetpoets@ozemail.com.au $20 including postage
or Gleebooks Sydney $20 plus postage www.gleebooks.com.au for details
or from Ginnindera Press…see website www.ginninderrapress.com.au

Continue reading “Members Publications – Dawn Bruce”