For the past eighteen months or so Watersmeet has been meeting seasonally for a ginko in various locations. After our silent walk, participants have shared jottings or observations, sometimes over a coffee at a nearby café. Recently, however, some have been asking for a longer session of haiku sharing, so on our last gathering we began with morning coffee and the intention to a ginko afterwards. I had invited those who were coming to bring a haiku, or something haiku-related, to add to the mix.
Sunday, June 3rd was cold but sunny and bright. One could feel the frost in the air, although in Melbourne city and inner suburbs visible frost isn’t likely. We held our meeting on the upper level of Beer DeLuxe at Federation Square, where we had the luxury of the whole warm room to ourselves, except for one sparrow. As planned, Robyn Cairns led the group on the topic of ‘Urban Haiku’, having previously requested photos taken in our various neighbourhoods and sent us a relevant extract from Haruo Shirane’s ground-breaking essay of 2000, ‘Beyond the Haiku Moment’. Robbie brought along the photographs, beautifully presented on laminated A4 sheets as inspiration for writing ‘Urban Haiku’. An example:
But what is ‘Urban Haiku?’
Members met at the Box Factory for our meeting on 2 June, with Maeve Archibald as our workshop presenter.
The meeting consisted of a series of exercises designed to stimulate ideas for writing haibun. Maeve presented each exercise and the participants wrote, and then read what they had written. We hope, of course, that this will result in some worthwhile haibun being developed after the meeting.
So that other groups can share the workshop ideas, we have added them below this report. Continue reading “Report on Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group meeting: 2 June 2018”
The winter meeting of the Red Dragonflies was held on Saturday 2nd June, 11.30am-2.30pm at Dawn Bruce’s home in St Leonards. Vanessa Proctor led members Dawn Bruce, Barbara Fisher, Beverley George and Cynthia Rowe in a series of stimulating exercises. Willem Tibben, our sixth member, was unable to attend. We missed him but look forward to seeing him at our spring meeting.
Vanessa can always be relied upon to provide interesting and often challenging topics for haiku. This winter’s ranged from writing a wordy plus a minimalist version on the same theme to reflections prompted by the recent royal wedding and an acknowledgement of World Bicycle Day. Anonymous contributions of two poems per person to the haiku bowl provoked the usual interest and amusement.
A most enjoyable meeting.
Welcome to our May news on this first day of June.
Winter Solstice Haiku String
The shortest day is fast approaching. This year the Southern Hemisphere Winter Solstice takes place on Thursday 21st June. The Australian Haiku Society will be holding our annual Winter Solstice String and we would very much like haiku poets from Australian and around the world to participate. More information about the String will be posted on the website nearer the date of the Solstice.
On Saturday, 12th May 2018, a large number of poets and other interested people retreated from the congestion of Saturday morning traffic to the quiet upstairs room at the Beecroft Children’s Bookshop. They were gathered to celebrate the launch of Beverley George’s latest book Only in Silence and also the #24 edition of Eucalypt: A Tanka Journal, editor Julie Thorndyke. Continue reading “Launch of Only in Silence and Eucalypt 24”
the old bridge joggled
by running feet