Pop Denison Park, Ballina
Thursday, 31 January 2019
When reading any haiku journal, either on-line or hard cover, you will probably find that over 50% use sight as the featured sense. And yet we have five senses: sight, smell, hearing, touch and taste. This phenomenon was explored at the summer ginko of the Cloudcatcher group on the Far North Coast of NSW, at Pop Denison Park on the banks of Shaw’s Bay at the estuary of the Richmond River, in Ballina. Continue reading “Cloudcatcher Summer Ginko # 52”
Our first meeting for 2019 had two attendees: Lynette Arden and Maeve Archibald.
The activity chosen by Lynette proved very successful in stimulating ideas for writing haiku.
We took it in turn to choose a Haiku at random from the book haiku mind by Patricia Donegan.
Each haiku was written up on the board and we discussed it.
We read the commentary on the poem from the book and considered what it was that we got from the poem.
We then used the haiku as a spur for our own writing, taking whatever it had evoked as our guide.
This varied between themes, styles, subject matter, and or emotional impact.
We discussed and commentated on each other’s work. Each of us were able to produce 2-3 haiku poems that we found quite satisfying.
The chief value in this exercise was the variety of different haiku gave a variety of stimuli, perhaps providing a new field from which we could each draw.
December 8th 2018
Six members of the White Pebbles Haiku Group attended our summer meeting. We brought with us a pre-distributed work sheet for some prepared haiku relevant to the season, and on which to write new observations on our unhurried ginko around the garden.
We then came together at a round table in a quiet room to workshop our haiku. By request Kent kindly brought two very appealing haiga that members absent last meeting hadn’t seen. Very inspiring and perhaps other members will create something similar in due course.
We discussed Echidna Tracks 2: Landscapes currently featured on the Echidna Tracks website and were pleased to note that a number of members’ work already has been published there with more to come during January and February. We also spoke of possible new projects our group might explore.
White Pebbles Haiku Group
The Summer meeting of Illawong Haiku Group was held on Tuesday 11th December at Club York in Sydney which Gavin kindly arranged for us. It was a special treat to pass by the Queen Victoria Building on the way to the venue, one of the jewels in Sydney’s crown at Christmas time. Continue reading “Illawong Haiku Group, Summer Meeting”
The summer meeting of the Red Dragonflies was held on Saturday, 1st December, at Beverley George’s home at Pearl Beach, that lovely part of the central coast, north of Sydney. Vanessa Proctor, convenor of the group (and setter of challenging haiku topics), kindly took members Dawn Bruce and Barbara Fisher in her car – it’s a longish drive to get there so we got off to a later start than usual at about 12 noon.
Continue reading “Red Dragonflies’ Summer Meeting, 2018”
Having woken the cat and I with a huge sonic boom, the thunderstorm climaxed and passed in the wee hours of the morning on Sunday, 2nd December, the date of the RKHG’s summer meeting. Although it was a cool morning with a forecast of “possible showers”, we were in luck: no rain. Five members of the RKHG met at the Botanic Gardens and apologies were received from Robyn Cairns, Robbie Coburn and Marisa Fazio. Many plants were in flower, including the small yard of Flanders Poppies near the Shrine of Remembrance, the Southern Magnolia with its huge blossoms and the lovely, old-fashioned hydrangeas. The air was fresh after the night’s rain and we saw, unusually, a single shearwater (mutton bird) dozing in the sun. It had probably sought refuge there from the night’s storm.
Our topic for the day, led by Takanori Hayakawa (Taka) was both challenging and interesting: ‘Kigo in Kyoto and Melbourne’. We were privileged to be guided through kigo culture “from the horse’s mouth”, so to speak. Continue reading “Red Kelpie Haiku Group #18”
Watersmeet Haiku Group held its Spring ginko on 16th November at Princes Park, Battery Point. We were a small group. Irene McGuire, Leanne Jaeger, Ron Moss and Lyn Reeves were joined by Jenny Barnard, an original member of Watersmeet, who had been unable to come to meetings for some time. It was a delight to have her with us again.
In the park, swallows wheeled in swift circles across the grassy hill that sloped down towards the road, and one or two solitary walkers traversed the paths. A mother and her toddler climbed on the wooden boat-shaped play structure that gives the green space its local name of The Boat Park. The new green leaves of shade trees ruffled in a slight breeze from the waterfront where the CSIRO’s research vessel, Investigator, had docked that morning after a month-long voyage studying currents around Antarctica.
Continue reading “Watersmeet Spring Ginko”
By Samar Ghose
Paperbark Haiku (formerly Mari Warabiny) had its Spring Haiku Gathering and Ginko on Wednesday the 14th of November 2018. The selected location was The Ruth Faulkner Public Library and its surrounding gardens in The City of Belmont in Perth, Western Australia which enjoys a 34 year long sister city relationship with Adachi-ku, a special ward of Tokyo, Japan where there stands a statue of Haiku Master Matsuo Basho. Continue reading “Paperbark Haiku Ginko”