Beverley George shares her response to Haiku – Three Questions with us this week. Click on one of the following links to view Beverley’s answers.
Haiku Events: Book Launch – a wattle seedpod
Lorin Ford’s first collection of haiku, a wattle seedpod, will be launched on Friday, 25th July 2008 by Kris Hemensley, receiver of The Christopher Brennan Award for poetry, at Melbourne’s best-loved poetry bookshop, Collected Works.
Book cover, a sample page and mini-reviews by Ferris Gilli, Beverley George and Lyn Reeves are available for viewing at:
a wattle seedpod is available from Post Pressed or contact Lorin at email@example.com
THE NEON CITY
Sue Stanford’s English language haiku
launched by Myron Lysenko
MC Lia Hills
with Guy Harris on guitar
Auditorium of the Japanese Studies Centre
(Bld 54, the grey building west of the bus loop)
Clayton Campus, Monash University
1:00 for 1:10
Wednesday 6th August
Plus Hiroshima Day Commemoration
with Hideko Nakamura
More news from W.A.
Haiku workshops with Jodie Hawthorne
During Tasmanian Living Writers Week, Jodie will be giving two haiku workshops and exhibiting her haiga.
The popularity of Haiku in India is growing rapidly
as a review by Charles Trumball of a book edited by Angelee Deodhar shows.
You will also find news of a book of haiku by children
To the dawn on the hill-tops…
The Vision of Spring!
Is this the first prize-winning haiku published in an Australian journal or newspaper? It appeared over the name ‘R. Crawford’ in the Bulletin’s famous Red Page on 12 August 1899 along with 13 other haiku and two haiku sequences. Crawford and his fellow poets were responding to an invitation, extended by A. G. Stephens (aka The Bookfellow), to submit ‘some haikais, which must have an Australasian reference’. Stephens offered 10s. 6d.—roughly the equivalent of a day’s wage—for the best entry received.
Stephens’ interest in the haiku form was piqued by a similar competition run in the British journal Academy and Literature. Both competitions probably stemmed from the publication in England of W. G. Aston’s History of Japanese Literature.
Haiku in Australia was in the doldrums for quite a time after Janice M Bostok’s pioneering work. By the late 1980s only a few isolated poets were still engaged with haiku. All that began to change in 1988 – the year of World Expo 88 in Brisbane. The impetus came directly from Japan when Japan Airlines (JAL) decided to be a major sponsor of the Japan pavilion by sponsoring a haiku contest for children and other associated activities. This followed other successes in America and Canada. Continue reading “Perspectives on History – Haiku History 1980 –”