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”

Report on Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group meeting: 4 August 2018

Haiku Workshop: Haiku: Beyond the Basics

Lynette Arden presented some ideas to extend us beyond the usual guidelines provided for writing haiku in English.

Japanese thought:

wabi sabi

  1. how it originated
  2. concepts used in haiku

Terms such as yugen and karumi (karumi as discussed by Susumu Tachiguchi (in World Haiku Review)

Martin Lucas in his essay Haiku as poetic spell: argues that haiku in the West has concentrated too much on content and must also look to the poetic element of haiku, as in the value of words and how they are used. Continue reading “Report on Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group meeting: 4 August 2018”

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”

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”

Report on Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group meeting: 2 December 2017

For the final meeting of Bindii for 2017, members gathered in the large kitchen area of the Box Factory to workshop their poetry and share some lunch. After a burst of extremely hot weather, followed by rain, the day was a welcome mild, cloudy interlude. Continue reading “Report on Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group meeting: 2 December 2017”

Report on Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group Meeting: 7 October 2017

Our follow up haibun workshop presented by Maeve Archibald was an opportunity to share the haibun written from the prompts provided at our August workshop. Six members attended and read work on a variety of subjects that had stimulated their imagination. Helpful critique and suggestions followed each reading.

As a further follow up, Lee Bentley, liaising with Maeve, will intermittently email some writing stimulus ideas to members. It is hoped that this will provide some continuity between our bimonthly meetings. Continue reading “Report on Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group Meeting: 7 October 2017”

Report on Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group meeting: 5 August 2017

On a very cold, windy day, with the forecast of an approaching storm, we were pleased to welcome seven members for the haibun workshop presented by Maeve Archibald at the Box Factory, 59 Regent St South, Adelaide.

The workshop commenced at 12.30.

Maeve Archibald presented a detailed workshop, starting with an exploration of the varieties of haibun being written and then suggesting various ways of approaching the construction of a haibun. Maeve accompanied this with a succession of stimulus exercises.

Maeve has supplied a detailed description of her haibun workshop. See below the report on the meeting. Continue reading “Report on Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group meeting: 5 August 2017”