Due to social distancing Ozku decided to hold their meeting by email.
The agenda was to write haiku about set topics: sunset without mentioning the word sunset, reading, an unusual angle about flowers, a cheeky haiku, and a special experience.
Five out of the six members were able to participate; Bea Yell, Catherine Smith, Dawn Bruce, Joanne Watcyn-Jones and Margaret Conley. We commented in turn on each haiku then the poet replied. Some truly beautiful and fresh haiku evolved.
As one member said it was the best fun she’d had in weeks
The Ozku group was delighted to share haiku, tanka and haibun from our anthology with the NSW Society of Women Writers members on Wednesday 17th September at their luncheon meeting in the Dixson Room of the Mitchell Wing of the NSW State Library.
Raking Stones is our first anthology and we dedicated it to the memory of Janice Bostok 1942- 2011, haiku pioneer of Australia.
As leader I introduced the speakers, Joyce Christie, Margaret Conley, Margaret L Grace, (Joanne Watycyn-Jones was absent) and Beatrice Yell, and then talked a little about the formation of our group.
I read a brief outline of the haiku, tanka and haibun forms and then each poet in turn read their selection.
Playing the hamon between each verse I’m sure added to the mood and we owe Bev George a big thank you for that. She brought her own hamon all the way from Pearl Beach and at the close of our presentation talked a little about its origin.
Ozku, the haiku-dedicated poetry group formed by Dawn Bruce in January 2010, has now incorporated moonrise, a tanka specific discussion and workshop group, into its format.
Ozku and moonrise will meet bi-monthly at haijin Dawn Bruce’s home in St.Leonards, with members Margaret Grace, Beatrice Yell, Margaret Conley, Joyce Christie and Joanne Watcyn-Jones, all enthusiastic students of haiku and tanka.
Ozku has had seven very successful meetings this year. We are delighted to say most of our group have haiku published in a variety of journals.Our next meeting will be in October.