Fringe Myrtles Haiku Meeting May 2020

For our latest meeting in COVID isolation, the Fringe Myrtles were honoured to have the company of American haiku poet and essayist, Michael Dylan Welch who called into our Zoom meeting live from Seattle.

Fringe Myrtles Haiku Meeting A - 17 May 2020
Zoom Meeting of Fringe Myrtles

During the meeting, Michael shared his animated haiku sequence, “Forgiveness,” as well as a fascinating presentation of his essay, “Going Nowhere: Learning Haiku from Pico Iyer,” which explores the virtues of staying home and appreciating the ordinary without going anywhere. Continue reading “Fringe Myrtles Haiku Meeting May 2020”

Fringe Myrtles special meeting for International Haiku Day

The Fringe Myrtles held a special meeting on the evening of Friday 17th April to celebrate International Haiku Day. Of course, due to the Covid-19 lockdown, the meeting took place virtually on ZOOM. This was our second virtual meeting since the outbreak of coronavirus, and it is clear that we are managing to adapt fairly quickly (some faster than others!) to the technological demands. One of the sweet ironies of this whole pandemic experience, particularly in relation to social distancing, is that technology is allowing us to keep in contact more frequently than usual. Continue reading “Fringe Myrtles special meeting for International Haiku Day”

Fringe Myrtles Meeting Report

The Fringe Myrtles is a new haiku group in Melbourne which had its most recent meeting online due to the social distancing regulations associated with the Coronavirus. The theme of the meeting was to write haiku about the impact of Covid-19. And seeing as it was the first Zoom meeting for so many of us, it went as well as could be expected!

Group member Myron Lysenko commented, “It was wonderful to hear and see everybody read out their haiku. So many of our haiku had a focus on what is missing now.” All of the haiku shared with the group touched on this sense of loss – of what life was like before the virus. One member, Robbie Cairns, submitted a haibun which captured the mood of the current circumstances.

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HAIKU HANGOUT AT THE IMMIGRATION MUSEUM

Time: 11am – 4pm, Saturday 1 February, 2020
Venue: Immigration Museum 400 Flinders Street, Melbourne

Bid farewell to the long-running exhibition, Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World with a day of multilingual poetry hosted by members of the Australian Haiku Society. A number of poets who attended the opening of the exhibition will be there for the occasion.

A Takanori haiku

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Writing Haiku – workshop this weekend!

MyronAs part of the Melbourne Spoken Word Festival, Myron Lysenko will be leading a haiku workshop on Sunday 14th July.

Myron has been teaching contemporary haiku since the end of the twentieth century. He will show examples of haiku and will teach you how to compose haiku and how to use specific techniques to achieve this. If you are in Melbourne this weekend take the opportunity to learn more about the art and craft of contemporary haiku.

You can find more details and book for the workshop here

Myron is the Victorian regional representative for Australian Haiku Society. His haiku collection a rosebush grabs my sleeve was published by Flat Chat Press in 2005. He won an international haiku prize in Japan in 2004 – the Suruga Baika Literary Award for Haiku. His haiku have been published in many overseas and Australian haiku journals. Myron was part of RookuTroupe – a trio of haiku poets instrumental in having haiku published on Melbourne’s suburban trains in 2006. Myron conducts ginko in scenic surroundings in Victoria.

Date: 14th July, 2019
Time: 1.00 pm – 4.00 pm
Place: Siteworks: Workroom
533 Saxon Street, Brunswick, VIC

 

Roberta Beary’s Visit to Melbourne

On Monday 13th March, a group of poets met at Ola Cohn’s Fairies Tree in Melbourne’s iconic Fitzroy Gardens to meet with Roberta Beary, the Haiku Foundation’s Roving Ambassador.

Tucked away from the busy activities of Melbourne’ s Moomba festival, the expanse of grass lawns and trees were a perfect location.

Those who attended were Sophia Frentz, Jayashree Maniyill, Janet Howie, Lorin Ford, Madhuri Pillai, Marisa Fazio, Takanori Hayakawa, Ela Fornalska and Jennifer Sutherland. Continue reading “Roberta Beary’s Visit to Melbourne”

Ginko with Lysenko #31 (Autumn lights with Penny Harter)

Announcement from Myron Lysenko

Sunday 26th March Noon – 4pm Tea Rooms Geelong Botanical Gardens 1-49 Garden St Geelong

http://friendsgbg.org.au/visiting-the-gardens/tea-house

Very excited to announce that noted USA haijin Penny Harter is visiting Australia again and will attend this special ginko.

Enquiries: Myron 0475 062 067 myronpoet@hotmail.com

Penny Harter, author of many types of poetry, was born in New York City. In the early 1970s Harter started writing haiku. She moved to Santa Fe with her husband and writing colleague, William Higginson. Continue reading “Ginko with Lysenko #31 (Autumn lights with Penny Harter)”

Haiku Meeting with Roberta Beary

On Monday 13th of March (Labor Day) there will be a haiku gathering to welcome poet and Haiku Foundation Ambassador, Roberta Beary to Melbourne.

This event will be held at the Fitzroy Gardens, Wellington Parade, East Melbourne.

Time – 11:30 am.

Meeting spot – The Fairy Tree.

http://www.fitzroygardens.com/Index_Page.htm

All haiku poets, enthusiasts and friends are welcome.

BYO – food drink, alternatively the Kerekere café near the visitor centre will be open.

For any further information, please contact Jennifer Sutherland on 0414786508

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