A Christmas Message from the President

I’m looking forward to our Summer Solstice Haiku String which opens tomorrow on the subject of Peace, something that is worth reflecting on now more than ever.  Please consider contributing your haiku.

As it is not only the Christmas season but also our long summer holiday, here at the Australian Haiku Society we’ll be taking a break from our regular features until the end of January so that we can recharge our batteries and come to you with renewed energy to celebrate Australian haiku in 2018.

I would like to wish all our members and their families a very Merry Christmas and a happy, peaceful and creative New Year.

Vanessa Proctor

President, Australian Haiku Society

The Wonder of Haiku: Quendryth Young

Screen Shot 2017-10-19 at 9.55.35 pm_2I write haiku because I must. Since childhood there has been a progression through scribbled jingles, ballads, bush verse and free verse, until I discovered haiku.

This is how it happened: in 2004 I won a voucher in the Lismore City Council’s writing competition which I exchanged for my choice at a local bookstore. Among volumes about mysticism, charms and crystals I came upon Haiku, Ancient and Modern, compiled by Jackie Hardy. Within its pages is a haiku by Elizabeth St Jacques that entranced me.

first snow
the neglected yard
now perfect

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Announcement of AHS Summer Solstice Haiku String 2017

The Australian Haiku Society welcomes contributions from haiku poets worldwide to the AHS Summer Solstice Haiku String 2017.

We will be holding a Haiku String during the day of the Southern Hemisphere Summer Solstice, which occurs in Australia on Friday, 22nd December 2017. The String will remain open for contributions until Sunday 24th December to accommodate international poets who may wish to take part.

AHS invites you to share with us your original haiku about Peace, a subject that is particularly pertinent at Christmas time. There are many associations with peace such as harmony, freedom and stillness. We invite you to explore these ideas in the String without using the word ‘peace’.

The haiku will be linked by the subject Peace. It is not necessary for each haiku to relate to the one before it.

  1. Please contribute up to three of your best haiku.
  2. Haiku should be posted in the comment box at the end of the post.
  3. Haiku posted must be original work by the poet making the post. Please include your name below each haiku as you wish it to appear.

Posting your work in the AHS Summer Solstice Haiku String 2017 assumes the following:

Copyright of each haiku remains with the author. We request nonexclusive permission to publish your work on AHS website and to republish it in any future online collections on the AHS website.

Butterfly Dream: Call for Submissions

Haiku poets are invited to send their best published haiku (please provide publication credits) or new work and a bio sketch (50 words max.) with the subject heading “Published or Unpublished Haiku, Your Name and Submitted Date” to Chen-ou Liu via email at neverendingstory_haiku(at)yahoo.ca

Send no more than twenty haiku per submission and no simultaneous submissions. Please place your haiku in the body of the email. Selected haiku will also be translated into Chinese.

Deadline: December 31, 2017.

For further details please click here.

The Red Dragonflies’ Christmas meeting and Ginko, 2017. Report by Margaret Mahony.

The Red Dragonflies’ Christmas Meeting and Ginko was held on the 2nd December, 2017 at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, led by Vanessa Proctor. Also attending were Barbara Fisher, Beverley George, Cynthia Rowe, Dawn Bruce, Willem Tibben and two guests Carol Reynolds and Margaret Mahony from Discovery Writers and the newly formed Illawong Haiku Group.

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A Grain of Sand: Simon Hanson

cropped and resizedThe Oneness of all things embraces ideas and insights that I cherish. A fan of science and philosophy, I have been irresistibly drawn in recent years to haiku, one of the briefest of all art forms. I admire its attempt to touch on moments of connection in as few words as possible, and those words plain and simple at that. Although, as we know, the subtleties of haiku are elusive, and I am likely to continue along its way as a student for a while yet.

Though in awe of the immensities of space and time, I also love the details and intricacies of nature. The happenings inside tiny spaces never cease to amaze me and I am often struck by the wonder of ordinary things.

over the dunes
in a grain of sand

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