Entries open for the UHTS 2022 Samurai Haibun Contest

During September you are invited to submit your haibun to The United Haiku and Tanka Society (UHTS) 2022 Samurai Haibun Contest. This is a yearly contest celebrating the Autumn Festival traditional procession of Samurai at the Nikko Toshogu shrine every 17th October.

Deadline: submissions open from 1 September to 30 September 2022 only.

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White Pebbles Spring Meeting

September 2021

To celebrate spring and with New South Wales still in lockdown, White Pebbles members enjoyed an unhurried email meeting over three days.

Our facilitator Beverley George organised and circulated a worksheet prior to the meeting date. The word prompts reflected our ‘stay-at-home’ status, included heavy rain, first sign of Spring, sparked by others, night sky and free choice. 

Each member was invited to write one or more haiku to each prompt.

The poems were emailed to all members for suggestions.

There was a feast of poems to enjoy, and considered and thoughtful comments were circulated by email over the next few days with all nine members; Beverley George, Samantha Sirimanne Hyde, Kent Robinson, Colleen Keating, Gail Hennessy, Maire Glacken, Verna Rieschild, Gwen Bitti, and Marilyn Humbert participating.

Maire Glacken shared her take on life with Covid restrictions.

mirror’s reflection
Boris Johnson hairstyle

Maire Glacken

White Pebbles continues to thrive with the encouragement and support of every member even though our meetings at Gosford/Edogawa Gardens have been curtailed by Covid.

Report by Marilyn Humbert

Drifting Sands: Aussie Style

The US based online journal, Drifting Sands, has had a particularly Aussie flavour lately with the January Special Feature: Girt by Sea overseen and including the works of poet-photographer Gavin Austin. This collection features pieces by a number of Australian poets. Some of the photographs may take a little while to load because of their high resolution, but they are worth it!

Also the current issue of Drifting Sands: issue 7, with a more international selection, has been guest edited by Marilyn Humbert and can be enjoyed here.