Australian Rain Rules

Haiku Oz would also like to announce the success of another Australian haiku poet, Ynes Sanz. Ynes is also one of the eight poets selected to have their haiku published on a haiku umbrella as part of the rain Haiku competition.

Her haiku:

under the thunderhead
throwing a last stick
to the dogs

Congratulations Ynes!

Australian Rain Rules

Haiku Oz would also like to announce the success of another Australian haiku poet, Ynes Sanz. Ynes is also one of the eight poets selected to have their haiku published on a haiku umbrella as part of the rain Haiku competition.

Her haiku:

under the thunderhead
throwing a last stick
to the dogs

Congratulations Ynes!

Rain Haiku Winner

Australian haiku poet, Lynette Arden, has recently had one of her haiku selected to appear on a haiku umbrella as part of the Rain Haiku competition. Lynette’s haiku is one of only eight selected from the one thousand haiku received.

Her selected haiku:

city lunch in rain
neon lights flick colours
across the menu

HaikuOz congratulates Lynette on this fine achievement.

Bowerbird Tanka Workshop #4

held at ‘Wirraminna’ Pearl Beach, NSW

February 27th 2010

Nineteen Bowerbirds, including three presenters, gathered at Beverley George’s tranquil home, hoping to take away with them some inspiration and technical tips for writing better tanka.
Not a single bird returned home disappointed.

Amelia Fielden spoke about the tricky question of punctuation, sharing her views and style. She also included a valuable exercise which involved punctuating a number of tanka to improve them.

Kathy Kituai’s presentation, ‘Write Below the Surface’ prompted a lively discussion on a tanka written by Izumi Shikibu and an excellent exercise on listening to our own and other peoples’ poems.

Haiku with an Australian Flavour in Famous Reporter

Famous Reporter #34

The December issue of Famous Reporter is replete with wonderful haiku from some of Australia’s leading haiku poets. It contains 65 haiku over 11 pages, with a significant contribution from northern NSW haijin. In addition to this you will find John Bird’s prize-winning haiku sequence, ‘The Fence Rider, 1950 Australia’. This outstanding poem is in six parts, each part a sequence of seven haiku.

If you want to read haiku with a distinctive Australian flavour, Famous Reporter #34 is essential reading. $8 posted (within Australia) from Walleah Press, PO Box 368, North Hobart, TAS 7002 – or $15 for a subscription.

Submissions for issue #35 close end of April

Immense beauty in brevity

Here are some quotes from Christopher Bantick’s review of Spinifex: haiku by Beverley George in The Sunday Tasmanian(18/2/07):

‘it celebrates the strength and diversity of haiku as a poetry form’

‘The poems rest on the page like perfectly cut templates of experience’

‘Apart from the poems that will make readers stop and regard the world perhaps a little more thoughtfully, the design of the book also deserves comment. Besides the convenient size that’s ideal for handbags and pockets, the poems are not cluttered on the page…Reeves has presented the poems with a filigree of grass on the pages. This adds to the delicate feel of the book. The result is an excellent gallery of words and shape.’

‘hard to imagine a better example of the form’

‘a book of quiet contemplation and stolen moments of peace winnowed from busyness’

February 26, 2007

Book launch – haibun by Julie Beveridge

Small Change Press  is proud to announce the launch of their first title for 2007, Home is where the Heartache is, a collection of haibun, by Julie Beveridge.

“Compressed energy and an unswerving courage to tell the truth about bad things gives these haibun a sharp edge – a kind of grim elegance. Journeying with Beveridge is not always comfortable but it is always compelling.”
Beverley George
President, Australian Haiku Society

Date: Friday 30 March
Time: 6:30pm
Venue: Queensland Writers Centre
Level 2, 109 Edward St, Brisbane
Tickets: $15.00 (including a signed copy of the book and glass of wine)
Bookings Essential: To book call QWC on (07) 3839 1243 or buy online at http://www.qwc.asn.au.

Another haiku opportunity

Poam, the newsletter of the Melbourne Poets’ Union, includes a haiku page in each bi-monthly issue. Poets receive payment of $3 per haiku and there is a book prize for one haiku, chosen by the newsletter editor each time.

You need to be a member of the Melbourne Poets Union to submit haiku – but it’s worth joining anyway, especially for Victorian poets.

Send your submission to the haiku editor, Peter Macrow

Peter is the managing editor of Blue Giraffe poetry magazine. He also is poetry editor for the ezine, The Tasmanian Times.