Paperbark haiku held its Autumn ginko on the morning of April 1st 2022 near the War Memorial in Kings Park (Kaarta Koomba), a beautiful, serene area which Perth is so lucky to have in the centre of the city. The location overlooks the central business district and Perth Water which is formed by the Swan River flowing from the hills through the city to its entry to the sea in Fremantle. We are at the beginning of the season of Djeran (April-May) which sees a break in the really hot weather. A key indicator of the change is the cool nights that bring a dewy presence in the mornings. The winds also change with light breezes swinging from a southerly direction.
The Paperbark Spring ginko was held on the morning of November 8th 2021 at the Dome Café in Maylands Western Australia. The event was attended by Rose van Son, Pauline Swift, Candy Gordon, Coral Carter and Barry Sanbrook.
The subject of spring haiku was discussed at some length and several classical Japanese poems were read, haiku by recognised masters such as Hanzan, Etsujin and Kikaku.
Friday 30th April 2021
11 am Perth,Western Australia time
by Maureen Sexton
Seven people ‘attended’ the zoom meeting. They were Michael Dylan Welch (USA), Rose van Son (WA), Lynette Arden (SA), Liz Nicholls (WA), Wanda Amos (NSW), Madhuri Pillai (Vic) and Maureen Sexton (WA). Each attendee shared the details of their personal ginko, i.e. where they were, what the weather and surrounds was like and three each of the haiku they wrote from that ginko. There was lively and thorough discussion of each haiku with some generous and helpful suggestions offered. This was followed by some interesting and thoughtful discussion on various aspects of writing haiku, such as lineation, experimental writing and what makes a haiku, a haiku. Or in other words, what isn’t a haiku. Thank you Michael Dylan Welch for letting us use his Zoom pro account, so we didn’t have a time limit. Much appreciated.
Here is what each ‘attendee’ has to offer from the meeting:
28th April 2021
Paperbark haiku group held their Autumn Ginko at Adachi Park in Belmont, Perth on a warm but smoky morning. Unfortunately there were prescribed burns in the Perth hinterland which led to poor visibility and an obvious health risk to people with breathing problems. As a result there was a disappointing turnout with only three of the group attending.
Despite this it proved to be a very interesting and productive session with the participants reading some of their favourite haiku and then walking around the park making observations for their haiku. Rose van Son, Coral Carter and Barry Sanbrook attempted to use other than the traditional three line haiku to experiment with single, two or four line poems and some of these are included below.
Djeran noongar season
Friday 30th April, 1 pm
(Australian Western Standard Time for Perth, Western Australia)
Please have some haiku to share during the meeting and be prepared to key the haiku into the comments box when requested, so everyone can see as well hear the haiku. They can be haiku you wrote at our Ginko at Adachi Park, or haiku you wrote on your own ginko, in your own time, preferably between 24th and 30th April.
Please either private message Maureen Sexton on Facebook/Messenger or email for the link to the zoom meeting.
Wednesday 28 April 2021
10 am to 12 noon (approx)
132 Great Eastern Highway, Ascot
Currently it’s Djeran Season in Noongar seasons. Djeran is a season of adulthood. April-May. Ant season
We will meet next to the car park. Please bring with you a notebook and pen, some water and something to eat and drink if you wish. It may be a good idea to have a folding chair with you, in case the picnic tables and chairs are taken. We will have a short meeting, then head off on our ginko (haiku walk) before we meet up again to share our haiku and observations.
Wednesday 21st October 2020
Seven haiku enthusiasts gathered on a lovely warm morning at Tomato Lake in Kewdale for a ginko and sharing of our observations and first draft haiku – Coral Carter, Sandie Thorne, Timothy Parkin, Rose van Son, Barry Sanbrook, Melissa Moffat, Maureen Sexton.
We’re very fortunate here to be able to gather in public without the fear of community spread of Covid19 – currently. We began by introducing ourselves, as we had a couple of new members, who were also new to haiku. Then we discussed what haiku meant to us. These included ‘a calm space’, ‘being observant’, ‘awareness’, ‘awe’ and ‘connection’. Apart from using our 5 senses, we decided to also be aware of how we were feeling and what emotions came up during the ginko, and why we might have made particular observations.
Below the reviews of both events, is a selection of haiku and haibun from the participants and some of the emotions and feelings they were experiencing during that time.
Paperbark Haiku invites you to take part in our Spring Kambarang Ginko
We’re almost half way through Spring and into Kambarang (Noongar season), so the landscape is radiant with wildflowers and the days are slowly getting warmer. Time to celebrate and give birth to some new haiku. So join us on our ginko, or if you can’t do that, join us after for a Zoom meeting to share your new haiku from your personal ginko.
Wednesday 21st October
Oats St, Kewdale
Zoom meeting will be held
Wednesday 21st October
1 pm for 1 hour to share and discuss our haiku