Welcome to our November news. We hope it has been a good month for you and thank you once again for making the news what it is. It has been a real pleasure to come across the many new creations to appear over the month scattered over the World Wide Web and in various journals, anthologies, blogs, Facebook and elsewhere. Enjoy . . .
Welcome to the October news. It goes without saying that so much more has blossomed in the world of haiku over the last month than is possible to mention here; it is indeed very satisfying to catch a glimpse of a few of the many haiku happenings around Australia and on the international scene.
Thank you so much to all who sent in items to share.
September has been a highly productive month with a number creative happenings in the world of Australian haiku including the Spring Equinox Haiga Kukai and the exciting news of the formation of a new regional haiku group, White Pebbles, based on the Central Coast of NSW.
Spring Equinox Haiga Kukai
The Australian Haiku Society’s Haiga Kukai has now concluded and we will announce the results when they become available. Please click on the links here to enjoy the entries for both the seasonal and non-seasonal categories. Our sincere thanks to Ron C. Moss for supplying these wonderful images and for his time and consideration in judging the kukai. A warm thanks to all participants for their submissions.
Spring is almost here! for us in the Southern hemisphere anyway, with the approach of the equinox on the 23rd of September, though a friend in Adelaide tells me her almond tree pronounced Spring is here! with a gorgeous burst of blossom back in late July, (that tree clearly not consulting the calendar), while another friend living north of the Tropic of Capricorn tells me they only talk of the wet and dry seasons. Assigning seasons is a precarious business.
August has come and gone as the mystery of time continues to unfold and we have managed to catch a few snippets of it here.
July is behind us and August lies before, what opportunities await . . .
A Haiku Story
In this segment we are intending to share the background and history to a particular haiku so as to gain some understanding of the haiku’s origin, a window on how one haiku came to be. If you have an engaging story and would like to share it we’d be very interested to hear it; send it to me via the email secretary link on the main page of the website – there is the possibility we may be able to include it in the next Members’ News.
Our Haiku Story this week comes in the form of a haibun from Beverley George and concerns a haiku that was first published on the Australian Haiku Society Winter Solstice String, June 2017.
On my third visit to Garyu Sanso, (crouching dragon) villa, I am in the congenial company of a small group of Australian travellers. With a guide, we climb stone steps beside the Hiji River and enter the thatch-roofed building; marvel at the moon window, the exquisite openwork carvings depicting the seasons and the views from the rear deck of the gently landscaped garden that leads down to a tea-hut. Our guide points out the master carpenters’ signatures etched into a few nail heads in a section of the wooden decking. She tells of the clay pots buried beneath the earth under the house that enhance the quality of music played there on festive occasions.
We walk towards the tea hut, everyone concentrating on the guide’s words, and making occasional notes as she describes the botan moss that turns from white to green when scooped water is tipped on to it, and the living yew that supports one corner of the hut.
There is a sudden diversion. Everyone’s attention switches to a tiny creature on a bed of moss. The mouse is unperturbed by the huddle of strangers that surrounds it and continues to preen and nibble rather than hide beneath adjacent fern.
a mouse perched on moss
halts the guided garden tour –
ten cameras flash
(Garyu Sanso (Crouching Dragon) house, Ozu, Ehime Prefecture, Shikoku, Japan
Recent document links to the website
The Australian Haiku Society has recently placed links to the historically important First Australian Haiku Anthology: Bird, John and Bostok, Janice M. Converted to PDF format by The Haiku Foundation and available in their Digital Library, and; The Dreaming Collection: Bird, John. Converted to PDF format by The Haiku Foundation and available in their Digital Library.
A collaboration between Vanessa Proctor and Gregory Piko, Blowing up Balloons, is a collection of 90 haiku and senryu about the experience of becoming and being a parent. The moments shared relate to the stages in a child’s life from the first hint of pregnancy:
distracted the curve of a new moon
to the early years of childhood:
bathtime / they re-enact the sinking/ of the titanic
walking home from ballet/ my daughter pirouettes/ through the blossom
These sensitive and tender poems evoke a sense of wonder and amazement that bringing a new life into the world gives rise to, and of the joy that can be found in the presence of these little human beings entrusted to our care. The opening haiku perfectly encapsulates this: Continue reading “Blowing up Balloons – review”
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
June has been a month of inspirations and I have managed to catch a few snippets here. Thank you to those who alerted us to various happenings and for sharing your haiku news.
The Winter Solstice has come and gone and our Haiku String to celebrate the occasion attracted a heartening response. Continue reading “Members’ News June, 2017”