Members Publications – Katherine Samuelowicz

each in own future: 55 tanka & unrelated randomly placed photographs from many places

(DVD: tanka & photographs); 324/50 Macquarie St, Teneriffe Qld: Postpressed, 2007

sleeping suburbs apart: conversations with ex-husbands & lovers
(poems, tanka and haiku); Flaxton: PostPressed, 2005.

self portrait with sand: postcards from various places
Flaxton: PostPressed, 2002.

noticing the view: haiku & other poems.
Flaxton: PostPressed, 1999.

INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL DE VALLE

“Moving Galleries” is an on-going project, initiated by a trio of haijin calling themselves Rooku Troupe. They have been instrumental in getting haiku published on decals in Melbourne’s suburban trains.

Here is an interview with a writer who has his haiku currently riding around the Melbourne tracks.

A writer of poetry, haiku, short stories and novels, Michael de Valle’s poetry has featured in both the Moving Galleries pilot and the Spring 2007 Exhibition. Moving Galleries editor, and poet, Leanne Hills, approached Michael to discuss his influences.

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An Australian Voice?

Recent discussions with some of HaikuOz’s ‘greats’ – notably patron Janice M Bostok and co-founder John Bird – have revealed a common thread of concern. Namely, that some writing of haiku in Australia has, unfortunately, slipped away into the phenomenon of the pretty postcard. In other words, that the spirit and subtlety, that once placed Australian haiku apart from that so frequently written elsewhere, has been submerged to a more mundane, more prosaic form of writing which, in one of my darker moods, I see as:

three ducks
in perfect formation
across a cloud wall

(or to be more strictly ‘correct’: three autumnal ducks/in quite perfect formation/ across a cloud wall)

This opinion is bound to be greeted by indignation, offence and, perhaps, horror. That I accept. I also apologize. I beg, however, that my discussion be accepted in that spirit. As a starting point for further discussion. What I am advocating, is a rethink, a re-examination, of how we are writing haiku in Australia. A move away from the formulae that accept phrasing such as ‘autumn evening’, ‘winter day’, ‘summer afternoon’. In other words, that we look again at the craft of our writing and the spirit of haiku – particularly as it applies to Australia.

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Members News – Jeff Harpeng

In 2007, Jeff Harpeng released a collection of haibun: Quarter Past Sometime, published by Post Pressed.

Re: the opening piece in Quarter Past Sometime, Jeffrey Woodward (Haibun Today), said, “Birdlings Flats” by Jeff Harpeng probably illustrates the expressionist method at its best. From the opening sentence, the reader discovers himself in the presence of a poet who is master of the rhythms of his language and of the possibilities of his material…

Jeff was a featured reader with Janice Bostok at the second Words and Water Dragons haiku outreach event of the 2007 Queensland Poetry Festival and read from Quarter Past Sometime as a Post Pressed reader at the Maleny Writers Festival.

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