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March 27, 2011

Bowerbird Tanka Group: Biannual mini-conference Wirraminna, Pearl Beach

On 20th March 2011, 17 delegates attended the Bowerbird Tanka Group Workshop at the home of Beverley George in Pearl Beach NSW.

Jo Tregellis reports:

Seven of the group had returned from a tour of Japan following in the footsteps of Bashō in November 2010. A minute's silence was held to reflect on the plight of the Japanese people with whom we have an affinity in poetry.

Proceedings got underway when three poets, Margaret Grace, Shona Bridge and Jan Foster each shared notable tanka witten by poets they have never met. Their insight into and appreciation of these works dispayed a widening knowledge of the form, imparted to us in clear individual style. Future workshops will retain this segment using three new presenters each time.

Next, all delegates shared a tanka meaningful to them. We read in turn, without comment. This was such a listening pleasure.

Retaining the Joy was the title of Beverley George's refreshing presentation. Using the poem To the Honourable Magistrate Zhang by Wang Wei as inspiration, Beverley leads us back to the beginnings of our tanka awareness and gently reminds us not to lose touch with other genres that many of us hold so dear. We must continue with projects apart from tanka, so as not to be swamped in mediocrity. Balance and lyricism are part of the creative joy of tanka, and quality rather than quantity is imperative. What I have left is the joy/ Of hanging around again/ in my old forest. Re-visit your loved volumes and old scribblings, try a musical or photographic accompaniment to your tanka.
Beverley's presentation was indeed a breeze in the pines.

The first session of the afternoon was presented by David Terelinck. Sensing Tanka; Perceiving life Beyond the Ordinary. David put his medical knowledge to good use here and not only defined the senses and reminded us of the five common ones, but introduced us to the senses of balance and acceleration; temperature; pain; direction; synesthesia and time perception. Each of these scientific explanations was reinforced by the use of concrete materials and activity. Each sense was illustrated by some of David's own tanka as well as personal favourites. David concludes: There is no doubt that the use of senses within tanka makes it more accessible and personal to the reader. It gives us a basis for undersatnding and interpreting what we relate to, and are influenced by, on a daily basis.

Carmel Summers followed with Writing From the Sense of Smell, putting us in the mood by passing along lavender, gum leaves and herbs. Carmel had collated a collection of tanka featuring scents and smells, either obvious or implied and we read them aloud in turn,a short discussion following each reading. We noted that some poets used words such as scent, fragrance, tang, smelling, smell and taste while others relied on the reader's experiences to convey meaning. e.g.

spinach
steaming
reminding me
of all the things my father
didn't like

Carolyn Thomas Ribbons Volume 6 2010

Each delegate was then given two words, choosing one as a prompt for a tanka. Carmel finished her presentation by inviting us to read out what we had composed.

Two of our members had come an especially long way to be with us, Kathy Kituai from Canberra and Jan Foster from Geelong in Victoria. Both gave a short report on tanka happenings in their part of the world as did Julie Thorndyke. A report from Dawn Bruce, who was unable to attend, was read aloud by Dy Andreasen.

This workshop and/or mini conference was a great success and all of us renewed our sense of purpose. Many thanks to our host and convenor, Beverley George.

March 24, 2011

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku Invitational

The call for entries has been released for the 6th Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (VCBF) Haiku Invitational. Anyone from any part of the world can submit haiku.

Deadline for submissions is May 31, 2011.

To enter, visit http://www.vcbf.ca and follow the links.

Past submissions have come from Australia, Bangladesh, Croatia, France, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, Malta, New Zealand, Nigeria, Poland, Romania, Russia, Trinidad and Tobago, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

This year’s judge will be an’ya, editor of moonset haiku journal. She resides in Oregon. The winning haiku will be published by Haiku Canada, *Rice Paper*, and on the VCBF website. The top haiku in five main categories (youth, B.C., Canada, United States, and International) will also appear on TransLink SkyTrains and buses all over Metro Vancouver and be read in celebrity readings during the next festival in 2012.

March 20, 2011

Red Dragonflies meeting: 12th March 2011

The Red Dragonflies met at Cynthia Rowe’s home in Woollahra on Saturday 12th March. We were joined by an invited guest, Dy Anreasen, who had been fortunate enough to ‘tread in Basho’s footsteps’ with Beverley’s tour last year. It is confronting, however, to reflect that we were sitting sharing haiku in Sydney on the very day that the earthquake and tsunami were wreaking such havoc on Japan and its people. Haiku must continue to remind us of, and instruct us in, the ephemeral – and therefore precious – nature of existence…

Lesley Walter

Results – Touchstone Awards for Individual Poems

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:

http://www.thehaikufoundation.org/awards/touchstone-archive/

Lorin Ford

Submissions to WE ARE ALL JAPAN

We at WE ARE ALL JAPAN are assembling an anthology of all types of poetry and haibun - We Are All Japan. The purpose of the anthology is to display to Japan our feelings of love and concern for the hell they have and are currently enduring. All proceeds from the anthology will be donated to the Salvation Army or the Red Cross in Japan.

http://wearealljapan.blogspot.com/

Please submit any kind of poetry as well as haibun (stating your name, city and country) to svtojapan@gmail.com.

We accept only unpublished poetry written specifically about what is occurring in Japan. Your submissions should be heartfelt.

We also need a photo or artwork for the cover. Please send your original work to the same email.

Deadline: May 15, 2011.

TO DONATE FOR THE PRINTING COSTS OF THE ANTHOLOGY, A GIFT TO THE PEOPLE OF JAPAN, GO TO:

http://theartofhaiku.com/

All proceeds above the cost of publishing will be donated to the Salvation Army or the Red Cross to help radiation, earthquake, and tsunami victims. We would also like to send a copy to libraries in Japanese cities and towns that were hit the hardest.

Robert D. Wilson and Sasa Vazic

March 17, 2011

Moonrise and Ozku: a Group Within a Group

Ozku, the haiku-dedicated poetry group formed by Dawn Bruce in January 2010, has now incorporated moonrise, a tanka specific discussion and workshop group, into its format.

Ozku and moonrise will meet bi-monthly at haijin Dawn Bruce’s home in St.Leonards, with members Margaret Grace, Beatrice Yell, Margaret Conley, Joyce Christie and Joanne Watcyn-Jones, all enthusiastic students of haiku and tanka.

Joanne Watcyn-Jones

March 10, 2011

Kaji Aso Studio Haiku Contest

Please type or neatly print your submissions and send them to:

Kaji Aso Studio
Haiku Contest
40 Saint Stephen Street
Boston, MA 02115

Deadline for submissions is APRIL 15, 2011.

Be sure to include your name, address, and if you have one, your email address. If you have no email address, please include an SASE. The entry fee is $2.00 per submission; you may send as many haiku or senryu as you like. Your entries should be unpublished and not currently submitted to another contest or journal. Be sure to mark any senryu submissions as such. All rights will revert back to the authors after June 2011, when winners will be announced.

First Prize: $250
Second Prize: $150
Third Prize: $50

To read previous winning entries, see www.kajiasostudio.com

March 06, 2011

Words @ the Wall: State Library of SA, 16 March

Friendly Street Poets and the State Library of South Australia will present late afternoon performances of Japanese Poetry Genres in Adelaide on Wednesday 16 March.

The readings will run from 5:30pm to 6:15pm at the Treasures Wall, upstairs in the State Library, North Terrace Adelaide. Light refreshments will be provided.

The event will include traditional Japanese poetry, contemporary poetry by Hiromichi Ikeda and poetry composed by members of the Bindii Poetry Group. Poems will be read by Maeve Archibald, Lynette Arden, Belinda Broughton, Dawn Colsey, Jill Gower and Athena Zaknic.

REPORT ON BINDII MEETING: 5 March 2011

Present: Maeve Archibald, Lesley Charlesworth, Veronica Shanks, Athena Zaknic, Lyn Arden, Belinda Broughton, Helen Pryor, Jill Gower, Rosemary Davidson, Judith Ahmed, Dawn Colsey, Rachael Mead, Margaret Rawlinson.

Apologies: Pam Brow, Robin Sinclair, Marilyn Linn, Alex Ask, Belinda Broughton, Margaret Fensom, Noela Maletz.

General Business:
Bindii reading at the State Library of South Australia. 5.30 pm on Wed 16th March. The event is the first of the series of monthly readings at the Treasures Wall in the library organized by Friendly St poets for 2011. The work of 16 of our poets is represented. Readers: Jill Gower, Athena Zaknic, Maeve Archibald, Dawn Colsey, Belinda Broughton, Lyn Arden. Belinda and Lyn will also perform some gong music to accompany the readings and Athena will sing some of her works and that of Judith Ahmed. Flyer for the event has been emailed to members.

FORTHCOMING MEETINGS:
19 March and 2 April meeting: Maeve Archibald will continue her workshop on writing haibun Anyone who has not contacted Maeve will need to contact her to register for the last two sessions.

7 May meeting: Alex Ask has agreed to run the meeting.

4 June meeting: Lyn Arden will run a workshop on writing Renku, the collaborative form(s) of Japanese poetry that has seen a resurgence in the Western World in recent years. One can write Renku by meeting together or by email. It is hoped that more members will want to try the form(s) after the workshop. Renku come in many sizes and there are a number of rules (guidelines), so it does represent a learning curve.

Haibun Workshop: At today’s meeting Maeve Archibald presented the first of her informative and stimulating workshops on writing haibun. There was much enthusiasm among members.
The meeting finished at 12.45 pm and at 1 pm a rehearsal for the State Library readings was held.

Lynette Arden

March 02, 2011

Notes from the Gean

The 8th issue of 'Notes From the Gean' is now online.

http://www.geantree.com/indexcover.html

Congratulations to all of the Australians and Kiwis in the haiku, tanka and renku sections. We're looking forward to all of your submissions to 'Gean, Vol. 3, Issue 1', which will be published in June.

The closing date for submissions to the June issue is March 30th.

- Lorin Ford, haiku editor, 'Notes From the Gean'

INAUGURAL MEETING OF CANBERRA TANKA GROUP, 26TH FEBRUARY

What could be added to the report (see below) written by our scribe,
Gerry Jacobson, for the first meeting of Canberra Tanka Group? All
that needs to be said is that were are deciding between 'Limestone
Poets' or 'Limestone' for the name of our group, and will definitely
know by the next meeting.

Our meeting got off to a fine start in the way in which we will
continue with a hands-on creative writing segment, 'The Value of
Verbs'. Gerry's tanka, included in his report, is an example of the
level of writing this workshop produced.

If any of our tanka friends, walking the same tanka path, are in
Canberra, they are welcome to join us. For more information contact
Kathy Kituai, the group leader, on 02 6247 8124.

And now for Gerry's report:


Cedars Scribble

I look around the room and see seven other scribblers, the tanka poets
of the Limestone Plains. Empty cups wait patiently on the table. We
must finish our inaugural meeting before we’re allowed afternoon tea.

Inaugurating the inaugural, Kathy invites us to share good and bad things
that happened to us in the past week. Then to list things we see in
the room, list occupations, and match these lists to form sentences
that might become poetry. We share some postmodern fragments.

straggly cedars
scribble through the window ...
their tops
have been edited
by the sulphur crested cockatoo

Brain affected, we agree to:
. a program outline for the year, meetings generally 4th Sunday of
month, 2pm at ACT Writers Centre;
. we hope to be a support group with ideas and inspiration;
. we’re keen on information sharing, perhaps with a list of books
available to be lent by individuals;
. Amelia outlined a Japanese style workshop proposed for 22 May;
. Kathy has plans for an Introduction to Tanka and interested friends
should contact her;
. support Kathy's and Amelia's book launch 29 May;
. Basho pilgrimage late October has two vacancies and interested
should contact Beverley George as soon as possible.

At last emerging from my chair, I realise that Barbara’s apple crumble is
also waiting patiently. With cream! Coffee counters the sultry
afternoon. Conversation. The chocolate biscuits are slightly molten
... mmm!

Tanka Poets of the Limestone Plains: Kathy K, Amelia F, Saiko O,
Michael T, Barbara C, John vdG, June F, Gerry J

We missed Tessa W, Kate K

Next meeting: Sunday 27 March, 2 pm, ACT Writers Centre, Gorman House

Review by Beverley George

A review by Beverley George of Peggy Heinrich's Peeling an Orange (photographs by John Bolivar)
is now available on the New Zealand Haiku site hosted by NZPS
http://www.poetrysociety.org.nz/node/569


Review by Beverely George

Review by Beverley George
A review by Beverley George of Peggy Heinrich's Peeling an Orange (photographs by John Bolivar)
is now available on the New Zealand Haiku site hosted by NZPS
http://www.poetrysociety.org.nz/node/569


INAUGURAL MEETING OF CANBERRA TANKA GROUP, 26TH FEBRUARY

INAUGURAL MEETING OF CANBERRA TANKA GROUP, 26TH FEBRUARY
Leader: Kathy Kituai

What could be added to the report (see below) written by our scribe,
Gerry Jacobson, for the first meeting of Canberra Tanka Group? All
that needs to be said is that were are deciding between 'Limestone
Poets' or 'Limestone' for the name of our group, and will definitely
know by the next meeting.

Our meeting got off to a fine start in the way in which we will
continue with a hands-on creative writing segment, 'The Value of
Verbs'. Gerry's tanka, included in his report, is an example of the
level of writing this workshop produced.

If any of our tanka friends, walking the same tanka path, are in
Canberra, they are welcome to join us. For more information contact
Kathy Kituai, the group leader, on 02 6247 8124.

And now for Gerry's report:


Cedars Scribble

I look around the room and see seven other scribblers, the tanka poets
of the Limestone Plains. Empty cups wait patiently on the table. We
must finish our inaugural meeting before we’re allowed afternoon tea.

Inaugurating the inaugural, Kathy invites us to share good and bad things
that happened to us in the past week. Then to list things we see in
the room, list occupations, and match these lists to form sentences
that might become poetry. We share some postmodern fragments.

straggly cedars
scribble through the window ...
their tops
have been edited
by the sulphur crested cockatoo

Brain affected, we agree to:
. a program outline for the year, meetings generally 4th Sunday of
month, 2pm at ACT Writers Centre;
. we hope to be a support group with ideas and inspiration;
. we’re keen on information sharing, perhaps with a list of books
available to be lent by individuals;
. Amelia outlined a Japanese style workshop proposed for 22 May;
. Kathy has plans for an Introduction to Tanka and interested friends
should contact her;
. support Kathy's and Amelia's book launch 29 May;
. Basho pilgrimage late October has two vacancies and interested
should contact Beverley George as soon as possible.

At last emerging from my chair, I realise that Barbara’s apple crumble is
also waiting patiently. With cream! Coffee counters the sultry
afternoon. Conversation. The chocolate biscuits are slightly molten
... mmm!

Tanka Poets of the Limestone Plains: Kathy K, Amelia F, Saiko O,
Michael T, Barbara C, John vdG, June F, Gerry J

We missed Tessa W, Kate K

Next meeting: Sunday 27 March, 2 pm, ACT Writers Centre, Gorman House

Review by Beverley George

A review by Beverley George of Peggy Heinrich's Peeling an Orange (photographs by John Bolivar)
is now available on the New Zealand Haiku site hosted by NZPS
http://www.poetrysociety.org.nz/node/569