WHAT IS HAIKU? – Week 12

Carmel Summers (Pennant Hills, NSW)

“A concise poem, based on a sensual observation of the natural
world, that bridges the gap between nature and human understanding,
behaviour, feelings and thoughts.”
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Karen Coller (Baronia, Vic)

“Haiku is wonder in a heartbeat; a moment to say ‘yes’ to life.
Haiku is brightness in a raindrop; a wing beat of thought
on the cheek and in the heart. Haiku pens a precious, funny
or insightful moment for us.”
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Mandy Langenhorst (Brisbane, Qld)

‘a connection with nature expressed as briefly as the synaptic
flash that registered it.’
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Greg Piko (Yass, ACT)

(1) ‘A haiku is a brief poem that evokes an insight into our
world and its peoples through the association of images.’
(2) …the following comment, attributed to Marcel Duchamp, is
especially relevant to haiku:
‘It is not what you see that is art, art is the gap.’

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Alexander Ask (Beaumont, SA)

‘Haiku is a unique perception of nature captured in a simple
verse.’

WHAT IS HAIKU? – Week 11

Helen Davison (Alstonville, NSW)

‘Haiku are concise poems, without poetic contrivances,
capturing a moment in the present. Set in nature, they
express a universal sensory fact.’
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Bett Angel-Stawarz (Barmera, SA)

“A haiku is a short poem about the real world that prompts the
reader to make discoveries that enrich their lives”.
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Leigh Rees (Brunswick Heads, NSW)

‘… implementing a fine-edged scalpel to shape poetic
responses into a simple sculpture that touches a universal
chord in the hearts of listeners/readers.’
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Rupert Summerson (Canberra, ACT)

‘Seventeen syllables / Japanese season poem / Captures the
essence’
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David McMurray (Kagoshima City, Japan)

‘An immensely powerful though intrinsically limited instrument,
like the Australian didgeridoo, haiku finds enormous beauty within
severe constraints.’

An interview with Lyn Reeves

Interview with Lyn Reeves on ABC 7ZR

In her afternoon program Siobhan Maiden interviewed Lyn Reeves who read some haiku and talked about how to write them. Siobhan wanted to encourage listeners to text a haiku to their lovers this Valentine’s day. She suggested that haiku would be a wonderful way for people to express their responses to the Victorian bushfires.

Read the full interview here:

Interview with Lyn Reeves

WHAT IS HAIKU? – Week 10

peterb (Moonset publisher) opines

“Haiku are sensual awarenesses of man, his natural perceptions; Simply recorded (hopefully denouncing influences of the contemporary worlds’ surround) and offered up for others to review, enjoy, and ponder. Thus, challenging each, to create their “own” awareness … their “own” haiku.

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Nathalie Buckland (Nimbin, NSW)

‘Haiku is a moment in time, sketched in a few words, shaped by the sensory experiences and emotions of the writer.’

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Agnieszka Niemira (Toowong, Qld) endorses John Bird’s: ‘A haiku is a brief poem, built on sensory images from the environment. It evokes an insight into our world and its peoples.’ and Agnieszka adds:
‘Haiku is an epiphany put into (very few) words.’

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Gavin Austin ( Elizabeth Bay, NSW)

‘… the snapshot of a moment from life.’

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Carol Negiar (Chajin -The House of Japanese Green Tea, Paris, France)

“A short poem with 3 lines, which in Japanese corresponds to 5, 7 and 5
syllables, but can stray from that in languages other than Japanese.
Description of a unique moment.a surprise ending. no rhymes. an evoked
season.”

WHAT IS HAIKU? – Week 9

Naomi Madelin (New Zealand)

‘Haiku is a delicate framework whose spaces provide room for its
words to echo and resonate. It is about what is not said, as much as
what is.’
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Jo McInerney (Boolarra, Vic)

‘Haiku present moments of insight into the natural world or human
experience. Haiku often suggest a unity in things, a point of connection
between the human and the natural world or between two aspects of the
natural world.’
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Carolyn Alfonzetti (Epping, NSW)

When writing a haiku Carolyn aims to create:
“A succinct poem of 17 or fewer syllables when written in English,
free of poetic device ‘frills’ and overt writer comment on the subject, in which
an image from nature is presented to the reader for their response.”
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Leonie Bingham (Nimbin,NSW)

‘A haiku is an evocative snapshot which captures the extraordinary
in the ordinary through keen observation and sensory perception of
the natural world.’

WHAT IS HAIKU? – Week 8

Jacqui Murray (Ocean Shores, NSW)

‘Haiku are brief but highly evocative poems imparting fresh, even
startling, images of humanity and the natural world.’
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Brett Brady (Hawaii, USA)

‘haiku’s a modest composition whose content defines its form… a
breath-length that suggests a narrative… a pebble toss’t into the
reader’s memory; inviting them to ride-the-ripples beyond thought and
contemplation thru knowledge and wisdom into the surprise of
understanding’
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Margaret Mahoney ( Kingsgrove, NSW )

‘an observation mostly from nature but not always, it is a thought,
a glance, a lasting moment, a perfect picture, penned in time’
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Cynthia Rowe (Sydney, NSW)

‘Haiku is a poem of universal power, a brief observation on nature
and all its forms.’