During the month of April I felt quite close to Basho. I visited Japan in cherry blossomtime with haiku on my mind, experiencing first hand the environment that inspired hiswriting. I also discovered some evidence of Basho in central Honshu.
The highlight of my quest was visiting the Basho Museum near the Sumida River
in Koto City, Central Tokyo, close to Fukugawa where Basho once lived. Although the
explanatory texts in the museum were in Japanese, there was a handout in English that was
Continue reading “VISITING BASHO by Janet Howie”
‘Sketching Light’ published by Ginninderra Press 2008
ISBN 978l 74027 4760, 92pp, $20.00
Dawn Bruce’s sustained engagement with Japanese poetic genres informs her free verse too, imbuing it with spare elegance and a keen sense of the immediate. This is disciplined writing that prunes the extraneous and allows us to see the clear images upon which this poet bases her commentary on human experience. Dawn’s love of and commitment to poetry is evident in every line.’- Beverley George
Available from: Dawn Bruce contact through firstname.lastname@example.org $20 including postage
or Gleebooks Sydney $20 plus postage www.gleebooks.com.au for details
or from Ginnindera Press…see website www.ginninderrapress.com.au
Continue reading “Members Publications – Dawn Bruce”
A Japanese Poetry Competition was conducted recently by the Friendly Street Poets in Adelaide. Sixteen awards were made. Of the eight awards for the categories that were open Australia-wide, four went to members of Cloudcatchers. This group comprises a small gathering of haiku enthusiasts who live and ginko together on the Far North Coast of NSW.
We would like to thank the Friendly Street Poets for offering this
opportunity to compete, and HaikuOz for the notification of the
competition in the first place.
2008 is the first year that the writing magazine, FreeXpresSion, now fifteen years old, has included a Haiku Section in its annual competition. Nathalie Buckland judged the entries anonymously.
The winner was Dawn Bruce,
the last page
of a loved book …
Dawn Bruce NSW
Continue reading “Haiku Competition Results: FreeXpresSion 2008”
Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of attending a book launch at the Hobart Bookshop of the ink brushed distance by Lyn Reeves, vice-president of the Australian Haiku Society, manager/owner of Pardalote Press and haiku editor for Famous Reporter. In this book, which features a cover design by Ron Moss, haiku are interspersed with free verse to pleasing effect. The book is published by Walleah Press PO Box 368 North Hobart Tasmania 7002.
I was also delighted to be guest of honour at an enjoyable lunch, hosted by Lyn and Andrew Reeves and to meet haiku poets from the talented Watersmeet Haiku Group, with whom I have corresponded for years, through Yellow Moon and Eucalypt.
Extended meanderings through the amazingly beautiful Botanical Gardens and the lively Salamanca Markets, together the near presence of ocean and mountains, made it obvious why these haiku poets never run out of inspiration.
Wollumbin Haiku Workshop presents its fifth collection of haiku on:
Previous collections may be found on the site under archives
Please feel free to send the workshop web address, to any groups or individuals you think might find it of
interest. Feedback is appreciated.
First prize was awarded to Jan O’Loughlin for her haiku:
hawk in flight
recycling the wind
Second prize was awarded to Sharon Dean for her haiku:
she suckles in the shade
of mum’s cowboy hat
Third prize was awarded to Helen Davison for her haiku:
on the snow gums