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The upstairs room of The Children’s Bookshop at Beecroft was filled to capacity on Saturday 28 May with an appreciative audience attending back-to-back afternoon events celebrating collaborative poetry and the tanka form.
In the first event Vanessa Proctor, President of the Australian Haiku Society, launched A Shared Umbrella. This joint project by Beverley George and David Terelinck is a collection of ten tanka sequences and thirteen rengay written over several years of collaboration.
Vanessa elaborated on the title metaphor, illustrated so enchantingly on the book cover by South African artist Tumi K. Steyn. The cover, in a pleasing shade of gold with autumnal notes, features a traditional Japanese umbrella, or wagasa. To quote Vanessa:
“To share such an umbrella with someone, you need to stand close in order to be able to share the space together, to walk in step. That walking in step is an art which Beverley and David have mastered beautifully.”
Lesley Walter, valued member of the Red Dragonflies, sadly passed away on 21st May. Lesley came from a background of mainstream poetry where she was a very well-respected poet. With this grounding, she brought a fresh and innovative spirit to haiku. She had a wonderful sense of humour and was rigorous both in her questioning of haiku 'rules' and in her comments on others' work. The group greatly appreciated her frankness. We will miss her poetry, her insight and her friendship.
the way that little girl skipped
when her mum said yes
As the latest weekly winner for the “re: Virals” feature on The Haiku Foundation website, Australian haiku poet Jo McInerney has selected a poem by another Australian for comment in next week’s segment:
glimpse of dolphin
beyond the river mouth …
friends a youth ago
— Rodney Williams
Stylus Poetry Journal 28 (2008)
Readers are encouraged to respond.
I am honoured to take up the role of President of the Australian Haiku Society. Firstly, I’d like to pay tribute to those who had the foresight to found HaikuOz in 2000. The original mission to promote haiku within Australia and to bring Australian writers to the world haiku community has been so successful that Australian haiku is flourishing as never before. This is largely due to the many people who have worked tirelessly to promote Australian haiku, both in Australia and overseas. I look forward to a very bright future for HaikuOz and for English-language haiku itself.
Australian Haiku Society
The Haiku North America (HNA) 2015 Conference was held from 14-18 October at Union College, a liberal arts college founded in 1795 with a classically-inspired campus near the foothills of the Adirondacks in upper New York State. Appropriately for the setting, this year's conference, Autumn Term was themed around the teaching and learning of haiku. After a welcome by HNA's principal organisers Michael Dylan Welch, John Stevenson and Hilary Tann (other hard-working committee members were Yu Chang and Tom Clausen), 130 poet delegates each recited one of their own haiku/senryu.
The two Australians, Jennifer Sutherland and Marietta McGregor, along with poets who travelled from Japan and India, received a special welcome, a round of applause in appreciation of their long journeys. Jim Kacian launched proceedings with Realism is Dead, posing the question that, if haiku was no longer rooted in the real world, what might then ground it? The keynote address by Dr Randy Brooks examined some of the issues with teaching haiku in the American education system.
Congratulations to Lorin Ford and Dawn Bruce for being selected by readers and contributors as having the best haiku and best senryu respectively in the Shamrock Haiku Journal during 2013. In addition, the two runners-up in the senryu category were also by Australian poets: Lorin Ford and Duncan Richardson. As the current issue of Shamrock includes haiku and senryu by Jan Dobb, Gavin Austin, Samantha Sirimanne Hyde and Simon Hanson, there may well be further recognition of Australian writers during 2014!
You can read the details in the online haiku journal, Shamrock:
Many will be familiar with Ron Moss's highly-acclaimed sumi-e approach to haiga from the haiku and tanka pages of A Hundred Gourds.
A beautiful video demonstration of Ron creating a haiga is featured at The Haiku Foundation, as part of its 5th anniversary celebrations:
Something for Australians to be proud of and the world to enjoy! Thank you, Ron, for all you do for Australian haiku & related forms . . . a true ambassador.
Lorin Ford - Haiku Editor, Managing Editor
Jim Kacian interviewed Australian haiku and tanka poet, Beverley George, at Haiku Aotearoa 3 which was held in New Zealand during 2012. The video of the interview went up on The Haiku Foundation web-site on November 22nd, 2013 and can be viewed at:
Past president of the Australian Haiku Society, Beverley George, was invited by an’ya, Principal Editor of UHTS (United Haiku and Tanka Society), to be the featured poet of the Premier Edition in January 2014. Details can be viewed at:
Congratulations to Cynthia Rowe, Jo McInerney and Ron Moss for winning First, Second and Thrid prizes respectively in the 2011 Paper Wasp Jack Stamm Haiku Competition. The successful haiku in order from first to third were:
the falcon rowing
holding the warmth
of the afternoon sun
mother plays ragtime
on broken keys
While the Jack Stamm Award has over the years become a valued and sought after prize, Paper Wasp has announced that the 2011 competition will be the last in the series honouring, Jack Stamm, the Japan-based American beat generation haiku poet who was part of a Japanese initiative to reinvigorate Australian haiku in the late 1980s.
The 2011 Jack Stamm Anthology therefore reproduces all the prize winning haiku dating back to the first competition in 1999.
Paper Wasp has also announced that it will honour Australia’s greatest haiku poet, the late Janice M Bostok, with a new international haiku award - further details will be available in the coming months.
A hearty congratulations to our own Australian Haiku Society President, Cynthia Rowe, who has taken out first prize in the 2011 Polish International Haiku Competition. You can read Cynthia’s haiku in English, and translated into Polish, at the links below. Cynthia’s haiku is presented together with comments from the competition’s Final Judge, Jane Reichhold. The competition attracted entries from 41 countries including 14 writers from Australia.
Congratulations to Beverley George on winning Second Prize in the Foreign Language Category of the 16th Kusamakura International Haiku Competition 2011. The judges for the competition were Morio Nishikawa (Professor emeritus at Kumamoto University), and Richard Gilbert (Associate Professor at Kumamoto University ).
Congratulations to Beverley George who won second prize in the Kaji Aso Studio’s 2011 haiku competition. The Kaji Aso Studio is located in Boston, USA, and offers experience in the visual arts, music, poetry, philosophy and Japanese culture. The competition results can be found at:
There was a strong Australian contribution to the contest this year as highlighted by Professor Oba in his report shown below. Hearty congratulations to Pamela Smith for winning the grand prize in the foreign country section and to Nathalie Buckland for her distinguished work prize. Their poems in English and Japanese can be seen at:
Congratulations to Dawn Bruce and Jo McInerney for winning joint first prize in the latest Paper Wasp Jack Stamm Haiku Competition.
Dawn’s winning haiku was:
a flow of shadows
along the river
While Jo’s haiku was:
the horizon looped
between post and wire
As Jacqui Murray says in her introduction to the Jack Stamm Anthology, ‘Both haiku have an elegant but non-obtrusive complexity that throws up one image whilst inviting more’.
Congratulations also to Jan Dobb for her lovely haiku that was awarded third prize:
from the sound of thunder
a rain drop
Janice M Bostok, HaikuOz co-founder and patron, is currently in hospital on the Gold Coast, where she’s being treated for complications associated with diabetes.
Although Jan is in considerable pain, she’s still cracking the occasional joke, and would love to hear from members of HaikuOz – an extended community she thinks of as her ‘haiku family’.
If you’d like to email messages of support, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you can write directly to Jan via snail mail care of:
Gold Coast Hospital
108 Nerang Street
Southport Qld 4215
A haiku by Lorin Ford will be published each day in May on the Mann Library's Daily Haiku. She is honoured to be the first Australian to feature in this project:
RSS feed is available.
'About Daily Haiku' says:
"For over ten years, Tom Clausen posted a daily haiku in the elevator of the old Mann building. He continues to post them online from the Mann Library home page. The poets featured are by invitation only and the poems are almost entirely previously published original works of an extended haiku community that includes many of his friends. This site is an effort to share these works with those of you visiting us on our Web site. Haiku and related brief poetic forms are often very accessible, portable in mind and spirit and at best a knowing touch of what is poetically intuitive in our lives. We hope that you enjoy these expressions as much as we do."
Check out the archives for a wonderful resource of previous collections of haiku whilst you're there.
The Tanka Huddle critique group has published a chapbook of selected poems, simply entitled Tanka Huddle. This is a fantastic opportunity to read a sampling of modern tanka by Australian poets Anne Benjamin, Shona Bridge, Carolyn Eldridge-Alfonzetti , Jan Foster, Beverley George, Yvonne Hales, Anne Howard , Carmel Summers, David Terelinck, and Julie Thorndyke.
A limited number of chapbooks are available for purchase. If you are interested in obtaining a copy, please send $7 (from within Australia) or $10 (from overseas) to: J. Thorndyke, 3 Forest Knoll, Castle Hill, 2154 NSW Australia [price includes postage and handling].
Please email enquiries to email@example.com
Australian haiku writers have again made a good showing in The Haiku Calendar Competition 2011 (Snapshot Press, UK).
Congratulations to Lorin Ford and Vanessa Proctor for their winning haiku, 'on a bare twig' (January) and 'cloudwatching' (June) in The Haiku Calendar Competition 2011 and to Jo McInerney for her runner-up haiku, 'old scars'.
Full results are posted here:
and orders for the Calendar may be made via the website, too.
Congratulations to Quendryth Young and Greg Piko (Australia) and to Sandra Simpson (New Zealand) for their award winning poems in the The Haiku Foundation’s inaugural Touchstone Awards for Individual Poems. Haiku by two Australian writers and one New Zealand writer, three poems out of a total of seven award winners, certainly shows that ‘The Antipodes’ is on the world haiku map. The full results and judges’ commentaries may be read here:
Congratulations to Beverley for taking out the 2010 Saigyo award. You can read the poem and judges report here: http://tankanews.com/2010/09/03/the-saigyo-awards-for-tanka-2010.aspx
Congratulations to Beverley George for her winning haiku 'man of the forest' in this year's calico cat Haiku Competition. To read the results visit: http://origa.livejournal.com/174859.html?view=16146699#t16146699
by Vanessa Proctor
The Katikati Haiku Pathway in New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty is an attractive embodiment of haiku, where the abstract becomes concrete. A total of 42 haiku are inscribed onto boulders along the Uretara Stream. Each poem has been carefully selected by a committee to reflect its surroundings, and to walk along the pathway is to literally take a trip into the world of poetry. The brainchild of Catherine Mair, the Pathway was one of New Zealand’s Millennium Projects and recently celebrated its tenth anniversary.
I was fortunate enough to attend the celebrations on New Zealand Queen’s Birthday long weekend, along with my family. There was an excellent turn out of poets and supporters, including the Japanese Consul to New Zealand and his wife, and we enjoyed viewing an impressive selection of bonsai as well as ikebana inspired by poems on the pathway. Sandra Simpson, Secretary of the Katikati Haiku Pathway Committee, announced the winners of the Katikati Haiku Competition. Particularly striking was the quality of the entries in the junior section. Two Japanese students demonstrated how to wear a yukata, the traditional summer dress of Japanese women, and there was a rousing Taiko drum performance by Wai Taiko.
Cloudcatchers has become a thriving group of haiku enthusiasts on the Far North Coast of New South Wales. The aim of each participant is to explore haiku in an individual way. For some this is reading; for most it involves writing haiku. A number of us send our writings to haiku publications and to competitions.
The results of the New Zealand Poetry Society International Poetry Competition (Haiku section) 2010 have just been announced. I am delighted to tell you that first and third prizes were won by Quendryth Young, with John Bird and Helen Davison receiving Commended awards; Helen for two of her haiku. Quendryth also won the 'Jeanette Stace Memorial Prize' for Senior Haiku 2010.
I thank Quendy, who has for several years organized our meetings, checked out suitable venues, coordinated post-ginko round robins and kept us all informed of competitions we might enter. I am so happy to see her achievements.
Quendryth Young has won the English-language section of the 2010 Romanian Haiku Society International Competition with this poem:
the monotonous call
of a wild pigeon
On behalf of all the members of Haiku Oz, I would like to congratulate Quendryth on this outstanding achievement.
Lynette Arden recently had her collection, A Pause in the Conversation published as part of Friendly Street New Poets #15. A review of the book can be found here:
The Haiku Foundation has released a haiku collection titled Montage: The Book
Artwork and art design by Ron Moss
On behalf of everyone at Haiku Oz, I would like to congratulate Lorin Ford for her recent win in the 2010 Haiku Now! Contemporary Haiku Competiton and Vanessa Proctor for taking out one of the runners-up awards. A judges report and their winning poems can be read here: http://www.thehaikufoundation.org/contest/haiku-now-contest-2010/
On behalf of Haiku Oz I would like to congratulate Lorin Ford, Jo McInerney & Quendryth Young for their recent commendation in the Heron's Nest Readers Awards.
It is always wonderful to see Australian names in the awards lists!
Curtis Dunlap's 'Blogging Along Tobacco Road' features many haiku poets from all over the world answering three questions which throw light on haiku poetics and practice.
Lorin Ford features in the first of the '3 Questions' series for 2010:
On behalf of everyuone at haiku Oz I would like to congratulate Cynthia Rowe for receiving a highly commended in the 2009 IHS International Haiku Competition.
A full listing of results is below:
The Irish Haiku Society is proud to announce the results of the second IHS International Haiku Competition. This year we saw a significant increase in the number of participating authors. 218 haiku by poets from thirteen countries ( Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, England, USA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, France, Poland, Portugal and Romania) were submitted to this year’s competition. Many of the submitted poems were from the island of Ireland. This year’s competition was adjudicated by Anthony "Anatoly" Kudryavitsky, and it was judged blindly. The following is the list of prize-winning and highly commended haiku.
Mary O'Keefe (Ireland)
a galaxy of crows
quench the twilight
Haiku on Friday recently conducted an interview with Maureen Sexton. The complete interview can be read here:
To view the gallery of Lorin's work visit: http://www.threelightsgallery.com/foyer.html
Ron Moss has continued his winning streak, taking out 2nd place in the 2009 HSA Harold G. Henderson Award. To read the results visit: http://www.hsa-haiku.org/hendersonawards/henderson.htm
On behalf of everyone at Haiku Oz, I would like to congratulate Quendryth Young, whose haiku:
the lake creeps
under the fence
received an Honourable mention in Ito En.
Congratulations to all the winning authors and editors, HSA 2009 Mildred Kanterman Memorial Merit Book Awards for Excellence in Published Haiku, Translation and Criticism - an'ya and Cherie Hunter Day, Judges.
The FIrst Place award is for Best First Book and is made possible by Leroy Kanterman, co-founder of the Haiku Society of America , in memory of his wife Mildred Kanterman.
First Place for Best First Book: “a wattle seedpod” – Lorin Ford
Post Pressed 207/50 Macquarie St , Teneriffe, Qld, 4005 Australia .
On behalf of everyone at Haiku Oz, I would like to extend my congratulations to Ron Moss for his recent success in taking out first prize in the With Words International Online Haiku Competition with his haiku:
a soon-to-be mum
backs into a wave
A full judges report can be read here: http://www.withwords.org.uk/results.html
Katherine Gallagher's haiku
cherry blossoms -
the clip clop of horses
was a Sakura winner in the recent Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival.
Ron Moss has recently had a haibun published in frogpond. Please check out the link below to read his poem.
Cor van den Heuvel's talk and reading from Baseball Haiku given at the Chautauqua Institute in June with Al Pizzarelli and Ed Markowski is now on line as a video at www.fora.tv
When you get to the home page, just click Culture, then click Sports and you will get a Sports features page with the talk as one of the spotlighted features. You can then click on to the video for highlights or for the complete talk and readings.
Haibun Today edited by Jeffrey Woodward has a new haibun by Beverley George 'Sticky Fingers ' on its blog spot. To view the poem visit: http://haibuntoday.blogspot.com/2008/09/beverley-george-sticky-fingers.html
Beverley's previous haibun 'Roadsidia 'published on September 6 is also available from this web-site.
Spring is here and many of our haijin have been out and about, enjoying the change in the season. Please enjoy these reports from Bangalow & Adelaide.
Cloudcatchers’ Spring Ginko
The Cloudcatchers’ Spring ginko was held on Friday, 19 September 2008, the eleventh since we began with a summer ginko in December 2005. The weather was cloudy and breezy, but fine and cheerful. We had a great day, gathering at 9.30 am at the Bangalow Weir (Far North Coast NSW). There were ten of us, including our unofficial Patron, Janice Bostok, whom we always love to welcome, and John Bird, whose idea it all was in the first place. Three poets participated for the first time, with two of them having graduated from local workshops. The area offers the dammed Wilson’s Creek, a bit if wilderness and some semi-rural environment.
Roadsidia a new haibun by Beverley George is currently featured on Haibun Today. To read the poem visit the site at: http://haibuntoday.blogspot.com:80/2008/09/beverley-george-roadsidia.html
Quendryth Youngʼs collection of haiku, The Whole Body Singing, has received an award from The Haiku Society of America, 'for excellence in published haiku, translation or criticism', with second place in the
Mildred Kanterman Memorial Merit Book Awards for 2008.
The book may be obtained from the author at 5 Cedar Court, Alstonville NSW 2477, $17 posted.
Beverley George shares her response to Haiku - Three Questions with us this week. Click on one of the following links to view Beverley's answers.
In the latest edition of "HAIKU" – Magazine of Romanian-Japanese
Relationships – a haiku is included, written by Quendryth Young:
sick neighbour -
the bare branches
of her magnolia
This was awarded second prize in the Romanian Haiku Society's
International Haiku Contest, Bucharest, May 2008.
The same edition of the magazine carries a review by Vasile Moldovan
of Quendryth's book of haiku, The Whole Body Singing, both in English,
and in translation into Romanian.'
sent in by John Bird
During the month of April I felt quite close to Basho. I visited Japan in cherry blossom
time with haiku on my mind, experiencing first hand the environment that inspired his
writing. 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
'Sketching Light', is a collection of free verse, haiku, tanka and haibun by Dawn Bruce, published by Ginninderra Press. It will be launched by Beverley George at Gleebooks, Glebe Point Rd, Glebe, Sydney on 31st May at 2.30. All welcome to come along.
Janet Howie had two haiku published in KO - haiku magazine in English: SPRING-SUMMER edition, and four haiku in the AUTUMN-WINTER edition 2007. She also had one haiku in Famous Reporter 35.
The Whole Body Singing is Quendryth Young's first book of English-language haiku, containing more than one hundred haiku, six haiku sequences and one haibun. Since the publication of her first collection of free verse and traditional poems, Naked in Sepia (2004), Quendryth has devoted much of her life to the haiku way. She co-ordinates the haiku group cloudcatchers, edits the haiku section of the literary magazine, FreeXpresSion, and is a participant with John Bird and Nathalie Buckland in the Wollumbin Haiku Workshop.
In 2007, Jeff Harpeng released a collection of haibun: Quarter Past Sometime, published by Post Pressed.
Re: the opening piece in Quarter Past Sometime, Jeffrey Woodward (Haibun Today), said, "Birdlings Flats" by Jeff Harpeng probably illustrates the expressionist method at its best. From the opening sentence, the reader discovers himself in the presence of a poet who is master of the rhythms of his language and of the possibilities of his material...
Jeff was a featured reader with Janice Bostok at the second Words and Water Dragons haiku outreach event of the 2007 Queensland Poetry Festival and read from Quarter Past Sometime as a Post Pressed reader at the Maleny Writers Festival.
Ron Moss, a former Secretary of Haiku Oz and Regional Rep for Tasmania, has a stunning new portfolio of haiga for viewing at http://www.haigaonline.com/issue8-2/contemporary.html
The haiku and paintings are inspired by his voluntary work as a fiery. Congratulations, Ron.
And the congratulations keep coming... Haiku Oz would like to congratulate Peter Macrow for his recent success in the Rain Haiku competition.
for spring rain to stop
I clean the shower
has been selected to be published in a forthcoming anthology of the winning entries.
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.
under the thunderhead
throwing a last stick
to the dogs
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.
Australian haiku poet, John Bird, is a joint-winner of the British Haiku Society James W Hackett award for the following haiku.
a village stray settles
at the busker's feet
James W Hackett comments: "A picturesque, unique scene, well suggested. The stray lying down at the feet of the entertainer is a poignant, ‘Wordsworthian’ moment."
HaikuOz congratulates John on this fine achievement.