On a fine spring day, warm with a cool breeze and blue skies sporting a few white clouds, five haiku enthusiasts from Paperbark Haiku: Melissa Moffat, Elizabeth Nicholls, Rose van Son, Barry Sanbrook and Maureen Sexton, met for a ginko and to discuss the intricacies and simplicities of haiku, in the Meeting Room at the Dome Café, Maylands, WA.
For some time we have been featuring commentary about Australian haiku. You may have noticed we have recently have extended an invitation to New Zealand haiku poets, our neighbours across the Tasman Sea, to contribute to the AHS website, with commentaries about New Zealand haiku. These haiku and their commentaries offer a uniquely New Zealand perspective on life and on the landscape. We trust you will find them instructive and enjoyable.
Five of us met at the State Library for a two-hour discussion and critique session. Members present were Julia Wakefield, Maeve Archibald, Dawn Colsey, Steve Wigg and Stella Damarjati. We had a apologies from, Marilyn Linn, Jill Gower, Lynette Arden and Athena Zaknic.
A Haiku Ginko is being hosted by GRAI on 12th November for members of the GLBTI (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex) community and for anyone who may be interested during Pride Month (Western Australia).
Gordon Young is a British artist who has been commissioned to work in Sydney’s Inner West. His works are often in public places, sometimes on a large scale and usually based upon text. www.gordonyoung.net.
In Sydney he is working on a series of brick spheres, incorporating writing from the Australian poets Peter Goldsworthy and Amanda Stewart, as well as diverse content from song lyrics to diary entries, which will be cut into the brickwork.
Gordon has approached the Australian Haiku Society hoping to source some haiku for use on one of the spheres. The work will be located in a public park.
The brick spheres reference the 5000 bricks brought to Sydney on the First Fleet, Sydney’s built environment, and the Inner West’s heritage clay pits, brick kilns and chimneys.
The subject: The History of Sydney’s Brick Industry or A Walk
If you are resident in Sydney or neighbouring NSW, please send up to five haiku, published or unpublished to: firstname.lastname@example.org by 18th November. Please note that submission does not guarantee inclusion in this project.
A sunny afternoon had brought customers to The Oaks and busy mowers to the adjacent grassland, magpies and cockatoos adding further sounds of spring as we settled around a table in the dapples. As usual, we’d anticipated this casual time-out together and greetings were hearty between the five of us – Kathy Kituai, Glenys Ferguson, Marietta MacGregor, Gregory Piko and Jan Dobb. We missed Hazel Hall whose time was stretched with her involvement in Canberra’s annual festival of Poetry on the Move. Continue reading “HAIKU @ THE OAKS, CANBERRA”