Members Publication – Haiga Moments: Pens & Lens

Announcing the release of Haiga Moments: Pens & Lens, a delightful little volume of photographically illustrated Haiku/Senryu poetry, by photographer Raymond Belcourt and Haiku poet Dr. Ignatius Fay.

The authors’ styles are rooted in a visceral understanding and appreciation of the world around us at its most elemental, most unadorned. Their work reveals deep-rooted fascination with nature and a need to express their observations through their particular art forms. The result is more than a simple linking of photograph to verse. At times poignant, pointed, irreverent, even humorous, these Haiga are always engaging, thoughtprovoking.

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International Award for Quendryth Young

Quendryth Youngʼs collection of haiku, The Whole Body Singing, has received an award from The Haiku Society of America, ‘for excellence in published haiku, translation or criticism’, with second place in the

Mildred Kanterman Memorial Merit Book Awards for 2008.

The book may be obtained from the author at 5 Cedar Court, Alstonville NSW 2477, $17 posted.

Members’ Publications: Lorin Ford

a wattle seedpod – published by Post Pressed 2008

109 haiku by Lorin Ford, original cover art by Ron Moss
ISBN 978-1921214-34-9, 36pp, AU$10.00 + p&p

Mini-review by Jane Reichhold :

My copy of a wattle seedpod just arrived yesterday and though I will be reviewing it in the October issue of Lynx I wanted you to have my first impressions.

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Book Launch ­­– a wattle seedpod

Haiku Events: Book Launch ­­– a wattle seedpod

Lorin Ford’s first collection of haiku, a wattle seedpod, will be launched on Friday, 25th July 2008 by Kris Hemensley, receiver of The Christopher Brennan Award for poetry, at Melbourne’s best-loved poetry bookshop, Collected Works.

Launch details:
http://laryalee.users.sunwave.net/lorinposter.htm
Book cover, a sample page and mini-reviews by Ferris Gilli, Beverley George and Lyn Reeves are available for viewing at:
http://www.postpressed.com.au/
a wattle seedpod is available from Post Pressed or contact Lorin at lorinmford@bigpond.com

Members News – Quendryth Young

In the latest edition of “HAIKU” – Magazine of Romanian-Japanese

Relationships – a haiku is included, written by Quendryth Young:

sick neighbour –
the bare branches
of her magnolia

This was awarded second prize in the Romanian Haiku Society’s
International Haiku Contest, Bucharest, May 2008.

The same edition of the magazine carries a review by Vasile Moldovan
of Quendryth’s book of haiku, The Whole Body Singing, both in English,
and in translation into Romanian.’

sent in by John Bird

VISITING BASHO by Janet Howie

During the month of April I felt quite close to Basho. I visited Japan in cherry blossomtime with haiku on my mind, experiencing first hand the environment that inspired hiswriting. I also discovered some evidence of Basho in central Honshu.

The highlight of my quest was visiting the Basho Museum near the Sumida River
in Koto City, Central Tokyo, close to Fukugawa where Basho once lived. Although the
explanatory texts in the museum were in Japanese, there was a handout in English that was
helpful.

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