Jodie Hawthorne at New Voices Festival 2007, July 8th and 9th

A celebration of debut works at Eltham Bookshop, 970 Main Rd, Eltham.

Each session will begin with a haiku by Jodie Hawthorne, author of Watching Pilgrims Watching Me: haiku from Shangri-la.

There is a review of Jodie’s book in the latest issue of Famous Reporter.

Also in Famous Reporter #35:

Haiku by Ron Moss, Rodney Williams, Martina Taeker, Andrew Reeves, Ross Bolleter, Janet Howie, Quendryth Young, Jo McInerney, Bob Jones, Mark Prendergast, Nathalie Buckland, Marina Scott, Maureen Sexton, Lorin Ford, Patricia Prime, Judith E.P. Johnson, Carla Sari and Max Ryan

July 06, 2007

Regional Representative for WA appointed

The Australian Haiku Society [HaikuOz] is delighted to announce the appointment of Maureen Sexton as Regional Representative for Western Australia.

For two consecutive years Maureen worked with the City of Perth Library to produce a haiku ‘wall’ event. In recent times her own haiku have been published in The Heron’s Nest, Famous Reporter, Stylus Poetry Journal and FreeXpression.

Beverley George
President
on behalf of the committee

June 25, 2007 Report on Haiku : Sensations of a Lifetime

A two-part workshop presented by Janice Bostok

as part of the Queensland Poetry Festival 2007 Outreach programme
supported by the Brisbane City Council
and the Mt Ommaney Library

‘When the pupils are ready the teacher will come.’

Full workshops and a healthy waiting list for the two free sessions at the Mt Ommaney Library in Brisbane’s Centenary Suburbs this June 10th and 24th made it clear that plenty of people were more than ready to explore the pleasures and challenges of haiku and related forms under Janice Bostok’s gentle guidance.

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Jim Kacian a virtual guest at Watersmeet

Recently I was speaking to Jim Kacian of the USA a very fine poet and publisher of Red Moon Press. We first met several years ago when he spoke at our haiku group in Hobart and we have stayed in contact over the years. Earlier this year Watersmeet moved to a new venue and I asked Jim to be our virtual guest and he obliged us with a wonderful talk and inspiring haiku….

Ron Moss

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Wollumbin Haiku Workshop 3

Wollumbin Haiku Workshop

presents its latest collection of haiku on:

http://users.mullum.com.au/jbird/Wksp/W-home.html

Previous collections may be found on the site under ‘archives’.

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address, to any groups or individuals you think might find it of
interest.

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Workshop by using the email address below.

Nathalie Buckland
wollumbin@fastmail.fm

Masaoka Tsunenori — the Haiku Master Shiki

by Janice M Bostok

A pure black
butterfly frisks keri
Cloud Mountains

Shiki was born on 14th October 1867, in Matsuyama, Japan. His gô, or pen name Shiki, which means a small cuckoo-like bird, came about after he spat blood for a week in May 1889. It is said the bird, in order to attain the fine tone in its voice must keep singing until it spits blood. For most of his adult life Shiki suffered from tuberculosis. He died on the 19th September 1902. His father was a Samurai and his maternal grandfather a Confucian scholar. He began writing Chinese verse at the age of eleven. His earliest existing tanka was written at the age of fifteen. He began studying at university but left without graduating. For a time he was a war correspondent in China. Shiki is considered to be the last of the traditional haiku masters and the first of the modern ones. Although he advocated reform most of his poems are written in the traditional form. It is his method and content for which he is remembered.

Into the ashes

it fell and got smudged;
new calendar kana

He formed a group and had a number of disciples who followed him in his desire for reform. Some of those who came after him were the free metre poets, Kyoshi, Hekigodo, Ippikiro and Meisetsu. The free metre poets tended to lengthen haiku and dismiss the seventeen Japanese syllable count. Makoto Ueda says if we are to think of the three lined haiku as a triangle shape, the free metre form of the New Trend Haiku could be considered as a rectangle.

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Soft Upon My Shutters

Hattori Ransetsu 1654-1707

by Jane Baker
Basho is rightly famous but why does the western world know so little of his contemporaries? Deep in Basho’s “old silent pond” dwell all sorts of interesting other frogs – Kikaku’s that “command the dark”; Onitsura’s “froglets” that in summer “sang like birds” but with winter’s onset “bark like old dogs”; Joso’s “good Buddhist frog…/ rising to a clearer light / by non-attachment” as well as Issa’s “fat frog / in the seat of honour / singing bass”.

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