September 29, 2015

Canning River WA Ginko 2015 - Mari Warabiny Haiku Group

Haiku Walk: Canning River Ginko 2015 will be brought to you by the Mari Warabiny Haiku Group (West Australia).

Date: Saturday, 10th October

Time: 10.30am till approximately 1.30 p.m.

Venue: Canning River Eco Education Centre, Samphire Room

Address: Corner of Kent St and Queens Park Rd, Wilson (walking distance from Albany Highway).

RSVP: Please reply by email to

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November 07, 2014

Mari Warabiny Haiku Group 2014 Spring Ginko

On a sunny afternoon 8 haiku enthusiasts from the Mari Warabiny Haiku Group met at the Art Gallery of WA, in the vibrant Perth Cultural Centre, for a Spring ginko. The Art Gallery of WA provided the Manhattan Meeting Room where our Ginko leader (Shuzai) the esteemed haiku Poet, Maureen Sexton welcomed us. Maureen provided a handout and verbal instructions on how to conduct a Spring Ginko.

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October 02, 2014

Mari Warabiny Haiku Group - Spring Haiku Ginko

The Mari Warabiny Haiku Group will hold a Spring Haiku Ginko on Sunday, 26 October, 2014, commencing at 1.00 pm, at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth Cultural Centre, James Street, Perth.

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July 19, 2012

City of Perth Library competition 2012

• Haiku and Senryu will be accepted.
• Entries must be previously unpublished.
• Adult entries are limited to 5 per entrant and must all be on one A4 paper.
• Student entries are limited to 3 per entrant and must all be on one A4 paper.
• The name of the poet must be included at the bottom of the page.
• A separate contact sheet must have name and contact details.
• The contact sheet must also list the first line of each poem.
• Font size to be at least 22pt. Any style is acceptable.
• Entries will be judged purely on the text.
• Any pictures or decorations must fit on the page with the Haiku.

Entries close Thurs 23 August, 5 pm. Winners listed Mon 3 September.

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Mari Warabiny Haiku Group

The Mari Warabiny Haiku Group is a group of haiku enthusiasts based in WA, but open to all no matter where you live, who give feedback on each others’ haiku by email, share information about haiku and related forms, and events in WA. We all recognise the need to critique our haiku, no matter how experienced or inexperienced we are.

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November 03, 2011

Report on Perth Ginko: 29 October

What a glorious sunny Perth spring day for a GINKO in Araluen Botanic Park on Saturday October 29th. 2011. Forty five minutes to individually observe and soak in the sights, sounds and smells of the picturesque setting with roses and pansies of all shades in full bloom.

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October 24, 2011

Haiku – One Moment Please – Revised

Haiku – One Moment Please

8 Week Course with Maureen Sexton

Every Tuesday evening 25th October to 13th December, 7 pm to 9.30 pm
Every Wednesday afternoon 19th October to 7th December, 12.30 pm to 3 pm

Where: The Art House, 63 Railway Avenue, Kelmscott (walking distance from Kelmscott train station)

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Invites you to join us on a ginko (haiku walk)

Where: Araluen Botanic Park
When: Saturday 29th October, 10.30 am

We will meet under the M. Simons Memorial Pergola. If you need to be picked up from Kelmscott train station
please let me know and I will arrange it. If you would like to meet at my house in Kelmscott, so we can car-pool, please let me know and we can arrange that, or 0435 024 616.


September 05, 2011

City of Perth Library Haiku Competition Results 2011

Thank you very much to all the Haiku entrants!
All entries will be on display in the Library 29th August – 10th September

1st Prize: Helen Davison
2nd Prize: Meryl Manoy
Perth WA
3rd Prize: Cynthia Rowe
Highly Commended: Rose van Son
Perth WA
Commended: Nathalie Buckland
Special mention: Dawn Bruce
A very special thank you to Maureen Sexton, WA HaikuOZ representative, for undertaking the judging again this year.

Judges Report

First Prize:

silent river
the glint of a fisherman’s

I love how this haiku explores the concept of wabi (a sense of loneliness or solitude), as well as juxtaposing two images. Both images have a menacing feel to them. The silent river is a covert image of danger lurking and the knife is an overt image of danger, also highlighting a reverence of nature. In the true spirit of haiku writing, this haiku is half-said, leaving the reader to ‘get’ the connection and the ‘aha’ moment.

Second Prize:

windy day
kite-surfers fly
goshawk hovers

This haiku allows the reader to delve deep into it. The reverence of nature is shown in the goshawk’s ability to hover even on such a windy day. It explores the concept of sabi (the suchness and beauty of ordinary objects). Its brevity is a key element in the success of this haiku, and it is simply stated, so the reader finds the ‘aha’ moment.

Third Prize:

river’s edge
the broken branch
joins up with itself

This haiku is also half-said, leaving the reader to connect and interweave the images, the branch joining up with itself just like the river branching out then rejoining itself.

Highly Commended:
father’s bamboo
sways long after he leaves
front door open

news of his death
a cloud
veils the moon

Special Mention:
New York
even the clouds
in a hurry

August 05, 2011

Wild about poetry Haiku workshop: Perth, 31 August

This workshop will be run by Maureen Sexton who is the Western Australia Regional Representative of HaikuOz - Australian Haiku Society and organiser of the Mari Warabiny Haiku Group.

Details are shown below.

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December 06, 2010

Ginko Review, Saturday 20th November 2010

by Gary De Piazzi

Last Saturday I was joined by Rose Van Son, Meryl Manoy and Liz Nicholls for a Mari Warabiny Haiku Group ginko in Supreme Court Gardens. Perth is blessed to have had city planners with the foresight to include botanical gardens as part of the cityscape. Supreme Court Gardens, despite humble beginnings as a paddock, holds many secrets that reveal themselves to those with eyes to see and minds to capture:

dead birds
strelitzia blooms decay
white dove

silent sundial marks time
bells peal

sea breeze
stirs limp flags
gulls fly

palm grove
city skyline

foliage stirs
refreshing breeze
tempers heat

Meryl Manoy

garlic flowers
between striped leaves
lush weeds

coloured flags
bike race
the wind picks up

city explorer
her turn to ring the bells

Rose van Son (c) 2010

above the trees
bank buildings rise

cars flash
past gaps in the trees
bells toll

red post pointing north
sundial under cloudy sky
people walk aimless

squatting on the grass
boats on the river


garlic plants
in neat rows
stir- fry for dinner

vibrant red
blossoms on thorned stems
witches hats

under cloudy skies
a broken sundial

on long stems
white flowers wilt -
first summer heat

Liz Nicholls

October 30, 2010

Ginko Invitation

The Mari Warabiny Haiku Group invites you to join us for a ginko (haiku walk).

When: Saturday 20th November 2010
11 am to 1 pm (approximately)

Where: Government Gardens (Stirling Gardens, Perth).
Meet near the main gates, corner of Barrack St and Riverside Drive.

There is parking in and near Governers Tce and it’s not far from the train station.

Please let us know if you can or cannot attend.
Thank you Meryl Manoy for organising this event.

Please bring with you:
a notebook
picnic lunch (optional)
a drink
a folding chair (optional or if you have difficulty sitting on the ground. I will stay with the chairs and other gear)

Maureen Sexton