Members’ News, March 2018

In this latest journey around the sun the Autumn equinox has passed for us in The Land Down Under. How deeply ingrained are our notions of up & down and of north & south that we sometimes forget there is no up or down on a sphere spinning in space. North is no more up than is South and the maps and globes that suggest otherwise are somewhat misleading. Such notions have their origins in the northern hemisphere where they have been known to embellish the N on maps and compasses with extra significance. Even today some people will tell you with certainty that a compass points north seeming to forget that a compass needle has two points not one, and following the lines of the Earth’s magnetic field these point north-south or south-north if you prefer. Now where were we, oh yes, the Autumn Kukai. Continue reading “Members’ News, March 2018”

Echoes of Flight: haiku & senryu – launch

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Jane asking the kookaburras to quieten down while she reads.

On March 17th I had the privilege of launching Jane Williams’ new haiku collection, Echoes of Flight in the bushland setting of Waterworks Reserve, on a day of perfect autumn sunshine sharpened with the pungency of eucalyptus leaves and blossom.

Jane Williams is one of the most versatile writers I know. Her work covers a wide range of genres – poetry, short stories and writing for children – In fact, we can look forward to the release of a collection of poems for children and a children’s picture book later this year, making 2018 a trifecta of achievements in publishing her work. She also writes a variety of Japanese-style short form works including haibun, haiga and tanka. This latest collection, her eighth, is a selection of her haiku and senryu.

Jane Williams is a poet who notices things, who pays attention to her surroundings with curiosity and wonder. That curiosity and wonder is evident in the opening poem of her new collection. Continue reading “Echoes of Flight: haiku & senryu – launch”

Bowerbird Tanka Group meeting # 18

March 17th 2018 – by Gail Hennessy

On 17th March 2018, fifteen poetry lovers were welcomed by Beverley George to her home in beautiful Pearl Beach. This was the first Bowerbird meeting of the year and the eighteenth in the series. Many delegates travel long distances, to be present at these meetings, to appreciate and be inspired on their tanka journey.

The morning opened with presentations from three members: Jo Tregellis, followed by Hazel Hall and M.L. Grace. Each had chosen a tanka by someone they had not met but whose tanka they had read and admired. Each shared their response to the poem and focused on the aspects that appealed to them. Continue reading “Bowerbird Tanka Group meeting # 18”

Call for Submissions: AHS Autumn 2018 Haiga Kukai: Non-Seasonal

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The Australian Haiku Society Autumn Haiga Kukai 2018 is now open for entries.
We invite poets to send one haiku per image until 28th March. The winning haiku will be displayed on the AHS 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. Continue reading “Call for Submissions: AHS Autumn 2018 Haiga Kukai: Non-Seasonal”

Call for Submissions: AHS Autumn 2018 Haiga Kukai: Seasonal

LeafThe  Australian Haiku Society Autumn Haiga  Kukai 2018 is now open for entries.
We invite poets to send one haiku per image until 28th March. The winning haiku will be displayed on the AHS 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. Continue reading “Call for Submissions: AHS Autumn 2018 Haiga Kukai: Seasonal”

Red Kelpie Haiku Group #15, March 2018

There’ve been two RKHG meetings over the last several weeks, a very enjoyable, informal meeting with Santa Fe haiku poet, Sondra Byrne, and our scheduled autumn meeting.

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On Sunday 25th February Robyn Cairns, Marisa Fazio, Lorin Ford, Jayashree Maniyil, Janet Howie and Madhuri Pillai were privileged to meet with Sondra in Melbourne’s Botanic Gardens. Here we are in the Rose Pavilion:

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From left to right: Sondra Byrne, Janet Howie, Marisa Fazio, Robyn Cairns, Lorin Ford, Madhuri Pillai. Photo by Jayashree Maniyil.

Continue reading “Red Kelpie Haiku Group #15, March 2018”

Prior Notification of AHS Autumn 2018 Haiga Kukai

The Australian Haiku Society is delighted to announce that it will be holding a Haiga Kukai on the autumn equinox 2018. Two images by Ron Moss will be displayed on the AHS website from 21st March and poets are invited to submit one previously unpublished haiku inspired by each image from that time until 29th March. Ron will then select the winning haiku which will be displayed on the AHS 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, which can be found at the bottom of the post.
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.
Please make sure that your name appears on your entry as you would like to see it on the website.