Report on Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group Meeting: 7 October 2017

Our follow up haibun workshop presented by Maeve Archibald was an opportunity to share the haibun written from the prompts provided at our August workshop. Six members attended and read work on a variety of subjects that had stimulated their imagination. Helpful critique and suggestions followed each reading.

As a further follow up, Lee Bentley, liaising with Maeve, will intermittently email some writing stimulus ideas to members. It is hoped that this will provide some continuity between our bimonthly meetings. Continue reading “Report on Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group Meeting: 7 October 2017”

Fleeting Nature: by Matt Hetherington

rhodo
photo: Ron Moss

For me, haiku is a way of capturing the fleeting nature of nature. No other poetic form seems suited so well to bringing the delicateness of the world to the page, and to illuminating the way things balance before they fall over or take flight. Or something close to both, as in this one by Issa (maybe my favourite of all haijin), translated by R.H.Blyth:

 

striking the fly
i hit also
a flowering plantxxxxxxxxxxxx
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Genjuan International Haibun Contest 2018

The Genjuan Contest office is now open to receive your submissions for 2018. Closing deadline will be 31st of January. The organizers, Hailstone Haiku Circle, greatly value participation from overseas. One of last year’s four judges, Ellis Avery, is retiring in order to study nursing full time back in her native USA, and her place as judge will be taken by Angelee Deodhar of Chandigarh, India. Some of you may know her wonderful series of ‘Journeys’ anthologies, each of which gathers more than 100 haibun works. Nenten Tsubo’uchi’s title has changed to emeritus judge, reflecting the special assistance he gives the final part of the judging process. Hisashi Miyazaki and myself continue in office for another year. The rules remain the same as last year also found on the link below.
How about entering a piece or two? There are real prizes and certificates and it’s free. Address of our officer, Eiko Mori, and other details are given in the Genjuan 2018 Guidelines (reached via Icebox top page – see website).

With best wishes for the autumn (spring, Down Under)!

Stephen Henry Gill (Tito), Kyoto, Japan

 

Members’ News September, 2017

September has been a highly productive month with a number creative happenings in the world of Australian haiku including the Spring Equinox Haiga Kukai and the exciting news of the formation of a new regional haiku group, White Pebbles, based on the Central Coast of NSW.

Spring Equinox Haiga Kukai

The Australian Haiku Society’s Haiga Kukai has now concluded and we will announce the results when they become available. Please click on the links here to enjoy the entries for both the seasonal and non-seasonal categories. Our sincere thanks to Ron C. Moss for supplying these wonderful images and for his time and consideration in judging the kukai. A warm thanks to all participants for their submissions.

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White Pebbles Haiku Group

lantern and white pebbles crop The Gosford/Edogawa Japanese Gardens on the Central Coast was the venue for the inaugural meeting of this group on September 23rd. Members travelled from Sydney, Newcastle and various parts of the Coast to attend. We began with a relaxed orientation session on the terrace overlooking the garden while we determined our group name, frequency of meetings and general procedures.

It was unanimously decided that we would meet four times a year, once in each season, and would bring several haiku in response to prompts sent in advance of the meetings. However the main activity would be a ginko to observe and record the changes the seasons brought to this authentically designed garden, with many of its features gifted from Japan.

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Watersmeet Ginko, 3rd September

Hobart haikuists had planned to meet on the last Sunday of winter for a walk in St David’s Park. The previous night brought bitter weather preceding the State’s coldest August day, with snow at low levels on Kunanyi/Mount Wellington. Rather than face the icy winds we postponed until the following Sunday when we enjoyed a window of sunny calm and the company of two members who had been unable to attend the week before.

St David’s Park is on the site of Hobart’s first cemetery. Buried there are many of the First Fleeters and early settlers. When the cemetery fell into disuse and was made into a place of recreation some of the original headstones were embedded in sandstone walls that form a memorial walk. Stone seats built into the wall are sunny spaces out of the wind. We met near the rotunda and then dispersed to walk silently through the English-style gardens, then came together again in the shelter of the memorial wall. Here we shared our writing and observations, giving comment and feedback to each other before adjourning to a nearby café in Salamanca Place for coffee and further conversation.

bench
photo and haiku : Andrew Reeves

bench in the sun
the company
of camellia blossom
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Call for Submissions: AHS Spring Haiga Kukai: Seasonal

in purple

The Spring Australian Haiku Society Haiga Kukai is now open for entries. We would like to invite poets to send one haiku per image until 29th September. 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.

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.

Good luck!

To enter, select the post title (or click here) and enter your haiku in the comment box below the post. Please scroll to the bottom of the page.

Please make sure that your name appears on your entry as you would like to see it on the website.

Call for Submissions: AHS Spring Haiga Kukai: Non-Seasonal

capture

The Spring Australian Haiku Society Haiga Kukai is now open for entries. We would like to invite poets to send one haiku per image until 29th September. 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.

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.

Good luck!

To enter, select the post title (or click here) and enter your haiku in the comment box below the post. Please scroll to the bottom of the page.

Please make sure that your name appears on your entry as you would like to see it on the website.