Winner of AHS Autumn 2017 Haiga Kukai: Non Seasonal



wet weekend . . .
my grandfather’s life

 Joanne Watcyn-Jones

 First Place

My final selection of poems all feature links to the interesting collection in the image. We keep things close to us for all sorts of reasons and this theme is explored by the poets in different ways. I selected Joanne Watcyn-Jones’ haiku for the different levels of linking and the succinct language she uses. Many of us can evoke a memory of doing such a thing on a wet day. The haiku and image work together seamlessly to bring about a collaboration that  goes to another level. Each one is also capable of standing alone, which is an essential ingredient of a good haiga. Continue reading “Winner of AHS Autumn 2017 Haiga Kukai: Non Seasonal”

Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group: 1 April Ginko in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens

On a beautiful autumn day, seven members of the Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group met for a ginko in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens. Adelaide Botanic Gardens

We gathered at the Simpson Kiosk near the Main Lake at 11 am. The morning had a real taste of the coolness of autumn, and members remarked on the number of magpies they had seen while getting to the meeting place.

Our ginko leader for the day was Lee Bentley and other members present were: Lynette Arden, Margaret Fensom, Belinda Broughton, Ervin Janek, Dawn Colsey and Maeve Archibald. Continue reading “Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group: 1 April Ginko in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens”

New Zealand Earthquake

Following news of the deadly earthquake and tsunami in the south island of New Zealand in the early hours of 14 November, the Australian Haiku Society sends its very best wishes to all those who have been affected.  We sincerely hope that our haiku friends and their families in New Zealand are safe and well.

Vanessa Proctor

President, Australian Haiku Society

AHS Haiga Kukai – Call for submissions 

The AHA is delighted to announce that it will be holding its first Haiga Kukai on the first day of spring.  Two images by Ron Moss will be displayed on the AHA website from 1st September and poets are invited to submit one previously unpublished haiku inspired by each image from that time until 7th September.  Ron will then select the winning haiku which will be displayed on the AHA website.

Please note that if more than one haiku per image is submitted by any individual, only the first haiku sent will be considered.

Submissions will only be accepted if entered in the comments section.

By entering the competition, entrants agree to make their haiku available for use on the AHS website, although the copyright will remain with the author

No correspondence will be entered into regarding winning entries.

Issue # 30 of Shamrock now online

The new issue of Shamrock (No. 30) is now available online at:

It has a big selection of English-language haiku from all over the world, plus translated haiku (from Belorussian), as well as two haibun.

It also announces the winners of Shamrock Readers’ Choice Award for the best haiku and senryu published in Shamrock in 2014.

Many thanks to all contributors. Hopefully readers will enjoy this latest edition.

Irish Haiku Society

Butterfly Dream: 66 Selected English-Chinese Bilingual Haiku

The haiku featured in Chen-ou Liu’s 2014 ‘Butterfly Dream’ series have now been collected and published as a free-to-read e-book, accessible from his ‘NeverEnding Story: First English-Chinese Bilingual Haiku and Tanka’ blog, through this link:

Australians Lorin Ford, Beverley George, Keitha Keyes and Marilyn Humbert are among those whose haiku have been translated and feature in this collection.

Continue reading “Butterfly Dream: 66 Selected English-Chinese Bilingual Haiku”