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
Continue reading “VISITING BASHO by Janet Howie”
2008 is the first year that the writing magazine, FreeXpresSion, now fifteen years old, has included a Haiku Section in its annual competition. Nathalie Buckland judged the entries anonymously.
The winner was Dawn Bruce,
the last page
of a loved book …
Dawn Bruce NSW
Continue reading “Haiku Competition Results: FreeXpresSion 2008”
First prize was awarded to Jan O’Loughlin for her haiku:
hawk in flight
recycling the wind
Second prize was awarded to Sharon Dean for her haiku:
she suckles in the shade
of mum’s cowboy hat
Third prize was awarded to Helen Davison for her haiku:
on the snow gums
‘Sketching Light’, is a collection of free verse, haiku, tanka and haibun by Dawn Bruce, published by Ginninderra Press. It will be launched by Beverley George at Gleebooks, Glebe Point Rd, Glebe, Sydney on 31st May at 2.30. All welcome to come along.
The Whole Body Singing is Quendryth Young’s first book of English-language haiku, containing more than one hundred haiku, six haiku sequences and one haibun. Since the publication of her first collection of free verse and traditional poems, Naked in Sepia (2004), Quendryth has devoted much of her life to the haiku way. She co-ordinates the haiku group cloudcatchers, edits the haiku section of the literary magazine, FreeXpresSion, and is a participant with John Bird and Nathalie Buckland in the Wollumbin Haiku Workshop. Continue reading “The Whole Body Singing: Review by Graham Nunn”
Janet Howie had two haiku published in KO – haiku magazine in English: SPRING-SUMMER edition, and four haiku in the AUTUMN-WINTER edition 2007. She also had one haiku in Famous Reporter 35.
In 2007, Jeff Harpeng released a collection of haibun: Quarter Past Sometime, published by Post Pressed.
Re: the opening piece in Quarter Past Sometime, Jeffrey Woodward (Haibun Today), said, “Birdlings Flats” by Jeff Harpeng probably illustrates the expressionist method at its best. From the opening sentence, the reader discovers himself in the presence of a poet who is master of the rhythms of his language and of the possibilities of his material…
Jeff was a featured reader with Janice Bostok at the second Words and Water Dragons haiku outreach event of the 2007 Queensland Poetry Festival and read from Quarter Past Sometime as a Post Pressed reader at the Maleny Writers Festival.
Continue reading “Members News – Jeff Harpeng”
Ron Moss, a former Secretary of Haiku Oz and Regional Rep for Tasmania, has a stunning new portfolio of haiga for viewing at http://www.haigaonline.com/issue8-2/contemporary.html
The haiku and paintings are inspired by his voluntary work as a fiery. Congratulations, Ron.