Members’ News May 2018

Welcome to our May news on this first day of June.

Winter Solstice Haiku String

The shortest day is fast approaching. This year the Southern Hemisphere Winter Solstice takes place on Thursday 21st June. The Australian Haiku Society will be holding our annual Winter Solstice String and we would very much like haiku poets from Australian and around the world to participate. More information about the String will be posted on the website nearer the date of the Solstice.

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Launch of Only in Silence and Eucalypt 24

On Saturday, 12th May 2018, a large number of poets and other interested people retreated from the congestion of Saturday morning traffic to the quiet upstairs room at the Beecroft Children’s Bookshop.  They were gathered to celebrate the launch of Beverley George’s latest book Only in Silence and also the #24 edition of Eucalypt: A Tanka Journal, editor Julie Thorndyke. Continue reading “Launch of Only in Silence and Eucalypt 24”

Members’ News, April 2018

Welcome to our April news. It is most heartening to see that followers to our website continue to grow. Thank you all for your enthusiasm and support.

Autumn Haiga Kukai

Thanks to all contributors we have enjoyed another successful Autumn Haiga Kukai. Our gratitude also to Ron Moss for providing these images and for the considerable time and thought he puts into making selections.

The haiga image and accompanying haiku selected in the Seasonal category along with judge’s comments can be found here

First Place

laid to rest
her body sinking
into stone

Quendryth Young

Sometimes our creative gems emerge gradually and with the aid of conscious effort, at other times they seem to come all of a sudden and readymade. Both approaches are legitimate and most usually there are elements of both in the finished piece. Quendryth has kindly consented to sharing something of the back story to this winning haiku.
I entered the kukai, as I usually do, to support this AHS project, not expecting to hear anything more. This time it was done quite hurriedly, when I realised it was the day before closure. So I am rather stunned as I wrote this haiku in five seconds flat, in immediate response to Ron’s image . . . the words just tumbled out without much thought”. Quendryth Young

A flash of gold in the stream.

You can revisit all entries to the Seasonal category here. Continue reading “Members’ News, April 2018”

Members’ News, March 2018

In this latest journey around the sun the Autumn equinox has passed for us in The Land Down Under. How deeply ingrained are our notions of up & down and of north & south that we sometimes forget there is no up or down on a sphere spinning in space. North is no more up than is South and the maps and globes that suggest otherwise are somewhat misleading. Such notions have their origins in the northern hemisphere where they have been known to embellish the N on maps and compasses with extra significance. Even today some people will tell you with certainty that a compass points north seeming to forget that a compass needle has two points not one, and following the lines of the Earth’s magnetic field these point north-south or south-north if you prefer. Now where were we, oh yes, the Autumn Kukai. Continue reading “Members’ News, March 2018”

Members’ News, February 2018

Another summer is slipping away and autumn lies before us, and for our friends north of the equator their winter turns toward spring. This is a simplification though as many people around the world (including here in Australia) name and allocate seasons very differently – and so our understanding of kigo deepens.

Thank you to all those sending items relating to February’s news, please keep them coming in. Continue reading “Members’ News, February 2018”

Members’ News January, 2018

Well there goes January in a flash and here we go into February . . .

We have managed to catch a few snippets of last month’s news, and thank you again to all those who have sent items to share with our readers.

Haiku Musings

It is usually of great interest as well as instructional to reflect on what haiku means to others, this is certainly the case here. We continue with our series of thoughtful reflections on haiku with the publication of My Writing Practice by Dawn Bruce and Why Haiku by Lorin Ford.

These are best read in the quiet zone, unhurried and perhaps with a cup of tea. Continue reading “Members’ News January, 2018”

Members’ News December, 2017

So much has happened haikuwise over the last year as poets continue to enrich the world in the particular way they do and we so look forward to your creations of 2018.

‘Another year over and a new one just begun . . .’

Summer Solstice Haiku String

The Summer Solstice has come and gone for us in the Southern Hemisphere. Thank you to all those who contributed and thanks also to those who simply visited the String to enjoy the offerings. It was especially heartening to have poets from around the world join us in contemplating our theme of Peace including our friends from the Northern Hemisphere sharing some of their Winter Solstice haiku of snow and ice – reminding me that we all hurtle around the same star on this little sphere open to an infinite sky . . .

Please feel free to revisit the string here
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