Sunday the 2nd of June in Melbourne was a cold day with rain predicted. Victoria had snow in the hills and mountains in the previous week. It was officially he second day of winter and it certainly felt like winter to me, as I’d been holed up in my draughty house with the cat and noticed how short the days had become. It’s Bashō’s “autumn deepens” haiku, though, that’s been coming to my mind:
秋深き 隣は何を する人ぞ
aki fukaki tonari wa nani o suru hito zo
Autumn deepening –
how does he live, I wonder?
On the shores of Lake Ainsworth, Lennox Head, Northern NSW
Thursday, 2 May 2019
Lake Ainsworth at Lennox Head is a freshwater lake just across the road from the Pacific Ocean. It is surrounded by tea trees that stain its depths with tannin. The Jali people of the Bundjalung Nation, the original owners if this land, recognised the healing benefits of the lake’s natural oils.
The Sports and Recreation Centre, at the opposite end from the picnic area, sourced the lake with a scattering of colourful sails. The laughter of school children came from boats, paddle boards, canoes and swimmers. Voices approached us through the even greater clamour of abundant lorikeets overhead. Seagulls came from the ocean to cavort in dark waters. Continue reading “Cloudcatchers Autumn Ginko # 53”
The winter meeting of the Red Dragonflies was held on Saturday 1st June at Barbara Fisher’s home in Mosman. With a background of wonderful paintings on the walls, many of them created by our hostess, Vanessa Proctor led members Dawn Bruce, Bill Tibben, Cynthia Rowe and Barbara in a productive afternoon. Beverley George sent her apologies.
Four members of Bindii (Julia Wakefield, Lynette Arden, Dawn Colsey and Athena Zaknic) met at the Box Factory in Regent St Adelaide at 12.30 pm to share, write and discuss haiku.
Apologies were received from Maeve Archibald, Sara Sims, Margaret Fensom and Michelle Slattery.
Julia Wakefield had selected haiku from two anthologies and asked members to select their favourites. Members spoke about haiku they particularly liked. Lynette Arden also spoke about several published haiku she had selected, which she thought demonstrated depth and resonance. Continue reading “Report on Bindii meeting of 1 June 2019”
The poets of Watersmeet celebrated International Haiku Day on Wednesday 17th April by creating a window of haiku at Fullers Bookshop in Hobart. Fullers generously made space in the front of the shop, pushing back shelves and placing a table just inside the window where we spread a collection of haiku books for people to browse. The staff provided us with A5 size cards, the border designed by Ron Moss, on which we wrote our own or a favourite haiku. These we taped to the window for passers-by to read. A similar event held in 2006 was “Haiku Grafffiti” where we wrote on the shop windows – because of the time it took to clean the windows back then, it was decided to use cards this time. Continue reading “Haiku Window- International Haiku Day”
Ginko/Haiku Gathering to celebrate International Haiku Poetry Day, 17th April 2019
First Edition café at the State Library of Western Australia in the heart of Perth CBD.
Nine poets had gathered around a long table in the midst of the hubbub. They had travelled from all over the city to mark and celebrate International Haiku Poetry Day for 2019 at Paperbark Haiku’s invitation. It was the largest turn out of Paperbark Haiku WA (formerly Mari Warabiny) membership in recent memory for a ginko. The other attendees besides Maureen Sexton were Rose Van Son, Liz Nicholls, Mimma Harrison, Gary de Piazzi, Coral Carter, Melissa Moffat, Tricia Cole, and Samar Ghose. Continue reading “International Haiku Poetry Day Event Review”
The haiku poets of Watersmeet will be creating a window of haiku at Fullers Bookshop in Collins Street Hobart to celebrate International Haiku Day, on Wednesday 17th April. Come along between 11.00 am and 3.00 pm to view the haiku and, if you feel inspired, add your own creations to the window display. Everyone welcome!