Haiku on Trains

Report by Myron Lysenko

On April 6th 2006, 36 haiku appeared on decals in Melbourne’s trains and they will ride the rails for the next four months. This exciting project was the brainchild of poet Leanne Hills, who approached Connex Trains about the idea in August last year. She recruited Haiku Oz members, Matt Hetherington and Myron Lysenko to help her with her proposal.

The selected haiku includes work by renowned haiku practitioners such as Carla Sari, Sue Stanford, Mary Hind and John West; established Melbourne poets such as Alicia Sometimes, Catherine Bateson, Ian McBryde and Phil Ilton; and introduces extremely young poets such as primary school students Taman Ulrich and Eva Kulessa-Spires. Melbourne’s omnipresent mayor John So is also represented with a haiku about Melbourne Square.

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May 07, 2006

Temples of Angkor – Vanessa Proctor

Temples of Angkor – The chapbook is published by Sunline Press, 2003. ISBN: 0957951531 Haiku inspired by a visit to Angkor Wat in Cambodia. 8 pages. $5.00 (includes postage within Australia). Available from publisher Sunline Press.


Members’ Publications – Janice Bostok


  • Banana Leaves – Privately Printed. Australia, 1972. Early Haiku. No longer available.
  • Walking Into The Sun – Shelters Press, USA, 1974. Haiku and tanka. No longer available.
  • Hearing The Wind – Privately Printed. Australia, 1976. Haiku. No longer available
  • On Sparse Brush – Makar Gargoyle Poets Series, UQP, Brisbane, Australia, 1978. ISBN O 909353 23 5 Free verse and haiku. No longer available.
  • Silver Path of Moon – PostPressed, Brisbane, Australia, 1996. 1996 ISBN 0 656 29477 6. Five erotic haibun. Available from PostPressed.
  • Still Waters – EarthDance, Cape Patterson, Australia, 1996. Haiku and artwork (by Cornelis Vleeskens) Available from author. $5.
  • The Farmer Tends His Land – Tiny Poems Press, Enfield, USA, 1997. A solo renga. No longer available..
  • Shadow-Patches – Hallard Press, Auckland, New Zealand, 1998. ISBN 0-86477-045-6. Haibun by Janice M. Bostok, Catherine Mair and Bernard Gadd. No longer available..
  • A Splash of Sunlight – Privately Printed, Australia, 1998. ISBN 0 9597523 2 3. Haiku. Available from the author. $7.
  • Dimmed The Mystery – Snapshot Press, England, 2000. ISBN 0 9526773 2 6. Tanka. Available from the publisher — see their website.
  • Reaching Out From Dreaming – Privately Printed. Australia, 2001. Tanka. Available from the author. $5.
  • Amongst the Graffiti – Printed by Post Pressed, 31 Allara St, Flaxton, Qld 4560 ISBN 1 87668246 9. Haiku. 104pp. Available from publisher. AU$20.00 + AU$3.00 in Australian (see site for overseas prices) see publisher’s introduction
  • Songs Once Sung – Available from PostPressed
  • Two Thirds of Why – Impressed Publishing. Available from the author.

Members’ Publications – Lyn Reeves

  • Speaking with Ghosts – Ginninderra Press, 2002. 68 pages. ISBN 1 74027 144 0. Price $18 plus $4 p&p within Australia Available from the publisher:- PO Box 53, Charnwood, ACT 2615 Publisher’s Order Formhttp://www.ginninderrapress.com.au/order.html
  • Walking the Tideline – Pardalote Press, 2001. 52 pages. ISBN 0 9578436 0 7. Price $12 (includes postage within Australia) Available from  44 Bayside Drive, Lauderdale, Tasmania 7021

Members’ Publications – Graham Nunn

Contact Graham at: jennyandgraham@optusnet.com.au

  • a zen firecracker: selected haiku – Impressed Publishing, 50 Baynes St. Highgate Hill, Brisbane, Queensland, 4101. ISBN 0-9751618-1-4; illustrated by Rowan Donovan, with an introduction by Janice M. Bostok. Available from Impressed by emailing David Weekes – inobscurity@iprimus.com.au -or- by emailing the author.

Tasmania- two ginkos and an exhibition

Mountain Festival

A Report from Tasmania by Ron Moss

The Mountain Festival was a great success with many excellent events and enthusiastic participants. Ross Coward and Ron Moss once again ran the haiku gingko walks over successive Saturdays and many people enjoyed the silent walking with occasional haiku and beautiful flute playing by our friend, Satyamo. We shared green tea together at our destination ‘Lone Hut’, on the slopes of Mount Wellington.

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Australian haiku poet wins BHS JW Hackett Award

Australian haiku poet, John Bird, is a joint-winner of the British Haiku Society James W Hackett award for the following haiku.

winter festival
a village stray settles
at the busker’s feet

James W Hackett comments: “A picturesque, unique scene, well suggested. The stray lying down at the feet of the entertainer is a poignant, ‘Wordsworthian’ moment.”

HaikuOz congratulates John on this fine achievement.