White Pebbles Winter Haiku Meeting June 16th 2018

It was a lively meeting at Gosford/ Edogawa Gardens and Regional Gallery and one which has sparked warm responses from those who attended. Present were Samantha Hyde, Marilyn Humbert, Kent Robinson, Gail Hennessy, Wendy Stringer, Maire Glacken, Verna Rieschild, Colleen Keating, Beverley George and our newest member, Gwen Bitti. Anne Birt and Rozanne Collins were unable to attend and were missed. We hope to see them in September. Membership is capped at twelve people but of course we will welcome visitors from time to time. Continue reading “White Pebbles Winter Haiku Meeting June 16th 2018”

Mari Warabiny Winter Ginko

Saturday 9th June 2018

The winter ginko was held this morning in Subiaco, Perth. The meeting was based at the Subiaco Library and we ventured into the streets and nearby market for inspiration. It was a little disappointing only four poets attended but those that did managed to produce an interesting and varied body of work. Apart from writing haiku, the group explored varied ways of writing haibun and a number of exercises were carried out based upon the seasons and the moon. As is often the case, the diversity of approaches to a set topic demonstrates the knowledge and experiences of the writers. The group decided to embark on a collaborative effort to write rengay by exchanging verses through email over the next few weeks. Although different from haiku many similar techniques are required when writing rengay. It was thought that perhaps this would lead to more interaction between poets. The first verse of the rengay will be forwarded to participants in a day or so.

The ginko took in the streets near the library and the boisterous vegetable and food market in the adjacent school with great piles of produce, colour and music. Conditions were blustery but the rain held off and we even had glimpses of the sun.

Those attending were Meryl Manoy, Rose Van Son, Liz Nicholls and Barry Sanbrook. Sadly Maureen Sexton who had organised the event was unable to attend through ill health, and we hope she recovers soon.

Barry Sanbrook

Watersmeet 25th May, 2018

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    photo: Ron Moss

    For the past eighteen months or so Watersmeet has been meeting seasonally for a ginko in various locations. After our silent walk, participants have shared jottings or observations, sometimes over a coffee at a nearby café. Recently, however, some have been asking for a longer session of haiku sharing, so on our last gathering we began with morning coffee and the intention to a ginko afterwards. I had invited those who were coming to bring a haiku, or something haiku-related, to add to the mix.

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RKHG #16, June 3rd 2018

Sunday, June 3rd was cold but sunny and bright. One could feel the frost in the air, although in Melbourne city and inner suburbs visible frost isn’t likely. We held our meeting on the upper level of Beer DeLuxe at Federation Square, where we had the luxury of the whole warm room to ourselves, except for one sparrow. As planned, Robyn Cairns led the group on the topic of ‘Urban Haiku’, having previously requested photos taken in our various neighbourhoods and sent us a relevant extract from Haruo Shirane’s ground-breaking essay of 2000, ‘Beyond the Haiku Moment’. Robbie brought along the photographs, beautifully presented on laminated A4 sheets as inspiration for writing ‘Urban Haiku’. An example:

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Photo by Robyn Cairns

But what is ‘Urban Haiku?’

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Report on Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group meeting: 2 June 2018

Members met at the Box Factory for our meeting on 2 June, with Maeve Archibald as our workshop presenter.

The meeting consisted of a series of exercises designed to stimulate ideas for writing haibun. Maeve presented each exercise and the participants wrote, and then read what they had written. We hope, of course, that this will result in some worthwhile haibun being developed after the meeting.

So that other groups can share the workshop ideas, we have added them below this report. Continue reading “Report on Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group meeting: 2 June 2018”

Red Dragonflies’ Winter Meeting, 2018

The winter meeting of the Red Dragonflies was held on Saturday 2nd June, 11.30am-2.30pm at Dawn Bruce’s home in St Leonards. Vanessa Proctor led members Dawn Bruce, Barbara Fisher, Beverley George and Cynthia Rowe in a series of stimulating exercises. Willem Tibben, our sixth member, was unable to attend. We missed him but look forward to seeing him at our spring meeting.

Vanessa can always be relied upon to provide interesting and often challenging topics for haiku. This winter’s ranged from writing a wordy plus a minimalist version on the same theme to reflections prompted by the recent royal wedding and an acknowledgement of World Bicycle Day. Anonymous contributions of two poems per person to the haiku bowl provoked the usual interest and amusement.

A most enjoyable meeting.

Barbara Fisher

Cloudcatchers: Ginko No.49 (autumn) Meldrum Park, Ballina

10 May, 2018

It is not easy to organise a ‘tidal flat’ ginko, as we have to find a low tide at mid-morning, on a Thursday (our chosen day) in the middle month of the season, not in school holidays. We have been waiting eighteen months for these conditions to coincide, but after two wet ginko, this date, for a number of months, had also been predicted as ‘raining’.
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Report on Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group meeting: 7 April 2018

Our April meeting at the Box Factory was a workshop of members’ Japanese genre poetry written in response to the challenge set last meeting of writing about animals. Other subject matter was also workshopped.  

There was a vigorous discussion of the work presented, mostly haiku, with a sprinkling of tanka/kyoka. We also explored more general principles of writing haiku.

We were pleased to welcome Jeremy Ng to his first attendance at the group. Continue reading “Report on Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group meeting: 7 April 2018”