On a fine spring day, warm with a cool breeze and blue skies sporting a few white clouds, five haiku enthusiasts from Paperbark Haiku: Melissa Moffat, Elizabeth Nicholls, Rose van Son, Barry Sanbrook and Maureen Sexton, met for a ginko and to discuss the intricacies and simplicities of haiku, in the Meeting Room at the Dome Café, Maylands, WA.
A Haiku Ginko is being hosted by GRAI on 12th November for members of the GLBTI (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex) community and for anyone who may be interested during Pride Month (Western Australia).
Mari Warabiny Haiku Group has changed its name! We are now called Paperbark Haiku.
The linking of ‘paper’ and ‘bark’ is a connection to nature, and its fragility juxtaposes well with the longevity of the written word. Or as Tash Adams said “paper bark … for me has a 2nd meaning, like a barking piece of paper… or something on the paper that speaks” The peeling away of the bark can be likened to the peeling away of the layers of meaning within haiku. Continue reading “Name Change for Mari Warabiny”
I met the late WA haiku poet, Nicholas Barwell, in 2005 and there began years of discussions about haiku and my first attempts at writing haiku. Following this, I was fortunate to be offered, and to complete, an intense mentorship (writing, researching, critiquing and workshopping of haiku for publication) with mentor, John Bird, in 2007. I am so grateful to both of these people for the excellent grounding they gave me in haiku and the development of my love for haiku.