A reminder that Windfall : Australian Haiku #9 closes for submissions on July 31st 2020. Please observe the submission guidelines shown here on the Australian Haiku Society website.
This beautiful collection of haiku by Beverley George is the featured book of the week from The Haiku Foundation Digital Library. You can read it here.
On the second Saturday of June (our scheduled meeting date) we caught up by email for the third time since Lockdown. Computerised catch-ups in April and May had worked well for us; kept us in touch and writing. Our regular Winter Meeting began with eight of our members writing to 6 prompts.
- camellias or another flower species out now that takes your fancy
- the sound of water — stream/ocean/rain any one of these
- a cloudy sky perhaps use it to set a mood
- a bird sound – wings or call
- A topic of your choice. Surprise us!!
A reminder to Australian haiku poets that submissions to Windfall: Australian Haiku Issue 9 will be open throughout July 2020. Please send up to six haiku relevant to the experience of urban and rural life in Australia. Observations that celebrate landform, seasons, and our unique flora and fauna, are welcome.
Although we usually meet only quarterly, current circumstances encouraged us to also have a brief email catch-up in April, sharing current news and at least one haiku each. Members were very responsive and we all enjoyed it so much we have a similar email meeting planned for May. We are looking forward to resuming our ginko and workshop meeting at Gosford/Edogawa Garden when that again becomes possible but meantime we all value being in touch.
Far fewer of us than usual were able to attend this autumn meeting but those present understood the wise and valid reasons of our absentees and wished them well.
After our catch-up coffee, we set off, walking in light rain. As always special sights delighted us: fragments of tiny blossoms scattered through white pebbles; dense foliage across the wisteria archway; the rattle of wind in the bamboo patch.
We retired to the meeting room and our round table to workshop poems written in response to the previously circulated worksheet or newly written on our ginko.
The twenty-first Bowerbird Tanka group meeting was celebrated on 30th November 2019, in the Crommelin Arboretum at Pearl Beach. Again it was heart-warming to note how far poets will travel to explore and share the poetic genre of tanka.
In addition to a presentation by Michael Thorley on shasei, and a ginko relevant to this, appraisals by three poets of a tanka they particularly enjoy, written by someone they have not met were shared and helped us to explore the more distant national scene as well as the international one.
Continue reading “Twenty-first Bowerbird Tanka Group Meeting”
On Saturday the 14th of December the White Pebbles Haiku Group met at the Gosford/Edogawa Commemorative Gardens for a summer ginko and lunch.
Seven White Pebbles’ members attended. Beverley George convened the meeting and welcomed Maire Glacken, Colleen Keating, Verna Rieschild, Gwen Bitti, Samantha Sirimanne Hyde and Kent Robinson. Continue reading “White Pebbles Summer Ginko 2019”