Red Dragonflies’ Summer Meeting, 2018

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.

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Red Kelpie Haiku Group #18

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 Spring Ginko

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.

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Paperbark Haiku 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”

Name Change for Mari Warabiny

Mari Warabiny Haiku Group has changed its name! We are now called Paperbark Haiku.

The linking of ‘paper’ and ‘bark’ is a connection to nature, and its fragility juxtaposes well with the longevity of the written word. Or as Tash Adams said “paper bark … for me has a 2nd meaning, like a barking piece of paper… or something on the paper that speaks” The peeling away of the bark can be likened to the peeling away of the layers of meaning within haiku. Continue reading “Name Change for Mari Warabiny”

Mari Warabiny Invitation

Mari Warabiny Haiku Group would like to invite anyone interested to attend their Spring Haiku Gathering and Ginko.

Wednesday 14th November 2018
10 am – 1 pm
Ruth Faulkner Public Library Meeting Room
215 Wright St, Cloverdale Western Australia

BYO Lunch

The Ruth Faulkner Public Library is situated in Faulkner Park Civic Precinct in the heart of the City of Belmont. To see attached flyer and further information Continue reading “Mari Warabiny Invitation”

Report on Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group Meeting: 6 October 2018

The meeting started at 12.30 pm in our usual venue at The Box Factory, 59 Regent St South, Adelaide. We welcomed new member Meirwen Whewell, who brought an elegant, illustrated book of traditional Japanese haiku to the meeting. This was Meirwen’s first attempt at writing haiku.

Workshop: A few basic techniques for writing haiku (led by Lynette Arden)

The workshop started with a reading of some of Janice Bostok’s haiku from her online resource: http://members.dodo.com.au/janbos/haiku.html

We read the haiku one by one around the circle and then commented individually on the haiku, discussing their meaning and impact.

Four techniques from Jane Reichhold were discussed. Continue reading “Report on Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group Meeting: 6 October 2018”

ILLAWONG HAIKU SPRING GINKO

Tuesday 2nd October

Joseph Banks Native Plants Reserve at Kareela proved a good choice to hold our Spring Ginko. The perfect weather allowed us to observe the native plants at their best.

Several Gymea lilies stood straight and tall and in full flower to greet us at the car park entrance. As we meandered down the curved pathway to seek out a suitable table we passed a spectacular bed of pink and white paper daisies, native orchids of various size and colour, kangaroo paws and numerous species of callistemon and grevillea.

We finally settled on a shady spot but as the sun moved position so did we. Continue reading “ILLAWONG HAIKU SPRING GINKO”