The Paperbark Haiku group met on the 26th June 2019 at the Dome Café (meeting room) in Maylands, Perth Western Australia for its Winter Ginko on a blustery day, the harbinger of approaching storms.
The early part of the meeting revolved around a discussion that debated the “Essence of Haiku”. Using a number of publications, including Blithe Spirit, Frogpond, the British Haiku Society Anthology Wild, Third Australian Haiku Anthology, Spinifex by Beverley George and Walking The Tideline by Lyn Reeves, each participant chose a published haiku that resonated with them, and it was used to illustrate the differing ways haiku affect us, with emphasis on the spirit each invoked, and to get us all into ‘haiku mode’. Continue reading “Paperbark Haiku Winter Ginko and Haiku Gathering”
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”
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”
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”