Results: AHS Winter Haiga Kukai 2020 Non-Seasonal


1st Place


winter afternoon
draining the shadows
from a teacup

Gail Oare


This haiku presented itself as a solid winner from the first time I read it and it continues to resonate with each reading. Like all good haiku, one that stays with you and reveals successive layers, this is truly a classic moment. The scene is set on the first line and the connection with the shadows and cup in the image gives us the marvellous second line draining the shadows. This evokes for me what the late Martin Lucas, the fine English poet and editor, described as a “poetic spell,” — a special essence. This haiku works beautifully with the image to raise both the elements of art and words, together creating something greater. Continue reading “Results: AHS Winter Haiga Kukai 2020 Non-Seasonal”

Results AHS Winter Haiga Kukai 2020 Seasonal

Scarlet Robinjpg

1st Place

shortest day—
the robin and I sing
a little longer

Corine Timmer


This one was a clear winner for me with a lot going on in just a few words. The robin is the main feature of the image but the sounds we cannot hear are told in the haiku with fine suggestive detail. We have the contrast between the shortest day and a little longer; this sets the scene for a landscape of emotional suggestion. The poet creates a lovely deep connection between the robin and the witness. So much so that you can see there’s no separation between the two. Wouldn’t we all love to sing a little longer and to be fully present and alive in the world? Continue reading “Results AHS Winter Haiga Kukai 2020 Seasonal”

Chapbook Publication, Robyn Cairns

This Peace by Robyn Cairns, is a collection of short form poetry including; haiku, senryu, tanka, haibun, micro-poetry and haiga (featuring the author’s art and photography). The poetry was written predominantly in the year following her father’s death in 2017—and is very close to the heart. This Peace was accepted for publication in May 2019 and recently published by Ginninderra Press. The collection can be ordered here on the Ginninderra website. Well known Canadian haiku poet and good friend Marianne Paul generously wrote the blurb for the book.

Limestone Tanka Poets Meeting

June 28th

Arriving at The Friends Meeting Place before the Woloman Room filled up with 10 Limestone Tanka Poets ready to settle into their first face-to-face  (but self-distancing) meeting since February, the usual welcoming ambience enveloped us.  However, instead of making a close circle of chairs the space between was measured, hands sanitized and the novelty of seeing each other a joy. It wasn’t long before the laughter began. There were tanka competitions to remind us there is still a sort of normalcy in the publishing world. We had submissions to workshops, suggestions and knowledge to share and tea and coffee in a thermos or two to keep us sustained.

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Members’ News June 2020

AHS Winter Solstice Haiga Kukai

Thank you to all who contributed to the Australian Haiku Society Winter Solstice Haiga Kukai and also to those who may have just dropped in to enjoy the offerings. Ron Moss is now giving the entries his careful consideration and will get back to us in due course. If you wish you can revisit those entries here for the Seasonal and Non-seasonal categories.

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Watersmeet Ginko – 26th June 2020

A winter walk in Hobart is always unpredictable because of the uncertainty of the weather. In the week leading up to our scheduled ginko we experienced days of heavy rain but we had the good fortune of a clear day and the use of an air b&b at Fern Tree, Mount Wellington for our get-together. The easing of restrictions meant that we could gather as a small group so we decided to make a day of it, sharing lunch, haiku, ginko and companionship. Continue reading “Watersmeet Ginko – 26th June 2020”

Bindii Report on Zoom Meeting in May

On Saturday June 27 we held another Zoom meeting. Four of us attended: Julia Wakefield, Steve Wigg, Stella Damarjati and Lynette Arden, with apologies from Dawn Colsey and Maeve Archibald.

We had arranged at the previous meeting to try putting together a sequence, using the theme of ‘sound’. Each member was required to bring along between three and five haiku that they had written on this theme. Continue reading “Bindii Report on Zoom Meeting in May”