MEMBERS PUBLICATION – Quendryth Young

(quendrythyoung@bigpond.com)

The Whole Body Singing – Produced by Dragonwick. 90 pages.
Available from the author: 5 Cedar Court, Alstonville, NSW, 2477. $15 plus $2 P&P.

These are haiku of celebration and honest recording in which elements of the diverse environment of coastal, northern New South Wales are given their full due. Respect for the genre’s tradition is evident in these honed observations but their ambience is local and their time is now. The Whole Body Singing makes a valid contribution to the development of English-language haiku written in the southern hemisphere.

Beverley George
President: Australian Haiku Society

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Haiku report:Julie Simpson.

Julie Simpson reports that The Pencil Orchids Creative Writing Group at Wollombi in the Lower Hunter Valley celebrated National Poetry Week 2007 with a display at Cessnock Library. Their (70-piece grape vine shaped collaborative haiku, (pictures of which Beverley George took to the 3rd Pacific Rim Haiku Conference, Matsuyama, as part of her presentation), together with an illustrated History of the Haiku Masters — from Basho to Koi Nagata — attracted favourable attention and warm comments. An A3 sized Haiku a Day poster was eye-catching in the library’s front window and there was a colourful display of bird and insect kites, carp, bonsai, a paper umbrella and haiga (haiku paintings) in showcases and on the foyer walls.

Rooku on Trains/Moving Galleries Project

Wednesday, October 24, 2007 will see the launch of the Moving Galleries Spring 2007 Exhibition at Flinders Street Station by The Minister for the Arts and Public Transport, The Hon. Lynne Kosky.

Moving Galleries is a travelling exhibition of art and poetry which enables emerging and
established Victorian artists to showcase their talent. It is also designed to enhance the travel experience for Melbourne’s train commuters, and build on Melbourne’s reputation as a thriving cultural and creative capital.

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Atlas Poetica – 25 Australian Tanka

To view these poems visit http://AtlasPoetica.org and select Special Features.

Thank you to Atlas Poetica’s publisher and editor, M. Kei, for the invitation to participate and to Technical Director Alex von Vaupel for design and presentation.

The full press release from Atlas Poetica follows:

6 September 2010 — Perryville, Maryland, USA

*Atlas Poetica : A Journal of Poetry of Place in Contemporary Tanka*is
proud to announce ’25 Australian Tanka Poets,’ the fourth installment
of the ‘Special Features’ section of its website. Edited by Beverley George,
the well-known editor of *Eucalypt*, twenty-five Australian tanka poets each
wrote a new tanka representing the diverse landscapes of their country. By
bringing together poets from communities around the world, *Atlas Poetica’s
*Special Features allows different tanka traditions to be appreciated
for themselves as well as offering the opportunity to compare and
contrast them with other traditions. The Special Features can be viewed for
free online at <http://AtlasPoetica.org>

John Bird appointed to consider haiku definitions

Haiku Definitions- appointment

On behalf of the committee of the Australian Haiku Society I am pleased to announce the appointment of John Bird
to act on behalf of the Australian Haiku Society to consider the following questions and make recommendations to the Society on:
1. What haiku-related terms, if any, should the Australian Haiku Society define for its members?
2. What wording should be used in any such definitions?
3. What supporting or clarifying notes are required?
4. How should the Australian Haiku Society definitions be adopted and promulgated?

Beverley M George
President, Australian Haiku Society

Sand Between the Toes – a DPP initiative

Haiku, the short poem which originates in Japan, has probably never been more relevant than it is today. Haiku subject matter, with its emphasis on humanity’s place in the natural world, is the stuff of today’s headlines.

Indeed, in the words of one great English-language haijin, the late American Jack Stamm, haiku are headlines. By this he meant that in no more than 17 syllables, haiku cast bright spotlights on nature.

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3rd Pacific Rim Haiku Conference, Matsuyama, Japan, April 2007

Report: Beverley George

President
Australian Haiku Society (HaikuOz)

Through haiku composing, you can exchange your way of thinking and deepen your understanding about the people beyond the borders, isms and religions. Kanda Sosuke.

It is impossible to imagine a more idyllic and appropriate setting for a haiku conference than in cherry blossom season at Matsuyama, the birthplace of the poet, Masaoka Shiki where this year marked the 140th anniversary of his birth.

Matsuyama is a castle city on the island of Shikoku and it is also famous for its ancient onsen (hot springs). It was in this city that the Matsuyama Declaration was signed in 1999 to establish the Masaoka Shiki International Haiku Research Center. The Declaration signifies the generous intent of Japanese people to share haiku internationally.

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