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November 30, 2011

Jutei and Basho by Esther Theiler

Esther Theiler’s new book Jutei and Basho is now available from Ginninderra Press.

www.ginninderrapress.com.au/fiction.html

Jutei was a woman who lived in Japan in the seventeenth century and had a relationship of some kind with the great haiku master, Matsuo Basho. This is an imaginative re-construction of the life of Jutei, intertwined with the historically known life of Basho and written in the spirit of haibun and haiku.

Basho’s haiku:

never think of yourself
as someone who did not count –
festival of the souls

(translated by Makoto Ueda) was written about Jutei after her death. Very little is known about her so the book is a fictional account. Esther wished to give Jutei a voice in the wealth of literature devoted to Matsuo Basho. The book is however based upon the historically known facts of Basho's life (although some of those are contested). Esther has attempted to write in the spirit of haiku and haibun. There are thirty-six chapters, the number of verses in Basho's favourite linked verse sequence, the kasen. Esther has written a kasen and used one verse to head each chapter. The chapters are short and evocative rather than wordy and detailed. There is an introduction and a small bibliography.

Haibun Today (December 2011) online

ANNOUNCEMENT: Haibun Today (December 2011) is now online.

The winter quarterly issue of Haibun Today is now online for your reading pleasure at http://haibuntoday.com

Contributors to this issue include Melissa Allen, Deb Baker, Dawn Bruce, Owen Bullock, Steven Carter, Marcyn Del Clements, Glenn G. Coats, David Cobb, Anne Curran, Tish Davis, Cherie Hunter Day, Eduardo N. del Valle, Lisa Fleck Dondiego, Claire Everett, Jeffrey Harpeng, Ruth Holzer, Ken Jones, Robert W. Kimsey, Gary LeBel, Marie Lecrivain, Chen-ou Liu, Bob Lucky, Victor Maddalena, Marian Olson, Kathe L. Palka, Carol Pearce-Worthington, Stanley Pelter, Dru Philippou, Patricia Prime, William M. Ramsey, Ray Rasmussen, Bruce Ross, Cynthia Rowe, Miriam Sagan, Lucas Stensland, John Stone, Charles Tarlton, Diana Webb and Rich Youmans.

This issue also features reprints of historically and critically important documents on the art of haibun from difficult-to-find out-of-print or limited edition publications; these reprints include three essays by David Cobb that span the period 2000-2010 as well as an interview conducted by Rich Youmans with William M. Ramsey. In addition, Dru Philippou and Charles Tarlton in separate articles focus upon contemporary tanka prose while Tish Davis reviews the recent highlight of the same in special issues of the journal Atlas Poetica.

Writers are now invited to submit haibun, tanka prose and articles for consideration in the March 2012 issue of Haibun Today. Consult our Submission Guidelines at Haibun Today

November 28, 2011

Red Dragonflies’ Summer Meeting

A ginko had been on the agenda for the Red Dragonflies’ meeting at Pearl Beach on Saturday 26th November, however, inclement weather put a decided stop to that plan. The weather being assuredly for ducks rather than dragonflies, we met, instead, at Beverley George’s home, where we workshopped our pre-written haiku before the skies fortuitously cleared and we managed to flit around Beverley’s home and garden in quasi-ginko fashion. By the time we arrived at the beachside café for lunch, the day had turned quite summery. Our spirits more than matched the sunny afternoon. All in all, a thoroughly uplifting occasion.

after the rain
the laughter of kookaburras
suddenly joins ours

Lesley Walter

November 22, 2011

Update on Australian Tanka Groups: November, 2011

There is an increasing number of very active Tanka Groups around Australia. The following summary of their activities was recently provided to the Bowerbird Group.

The Tanka Groups:
Bowerbird Tanka Group (Pearl Beach, NSW)
Breathstream Tanka Poets (Geelong, Victoria)
Bottlebrush Tanka Group (North Sydney, NSW)
Tanka Huddle (North Rocks, Sydney, NSW)
Moonrise, a group within a group (St Leonards, NSW)
The Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group (Adelaide, SA)
Limestone Tanka Poets (Canberra, ACT)

7th Bowerbird Tanka Workshop 19 November 2011:

Beverley George – founder/convenor
Report by Yvonne Hales
The Bowerbird group gathered at Pearl Beach on one of those hot days where all things tanka were enjoyed in the cool shade. Some delegates had travelled from afar (Geelong, Tamworth, Sydney, Northern Beaches) which added a unique quality to the day. Absent Bowerbirds were remembered and missed. As tanka friends started to arrive and the buzz of conversation filled the room a sense of warmth and openness began to emerge.

Appraisals of a favourite tanka were given by Beatrice Yell, Anne Benjamin and Yvonne Hales which added a certain depth to the tanka experience. Each of us read aloud tanka that had meaning for them. The aim was to immerse ourselves, without analysis, in sharing resonant tanka when read in the different voices of our tanka friends and fellow writers. Without any sound or commentary accompanying the recital the tanka stands by itself and lingers.

We participated in a session led by Jan Foster on the Ten Styles of Tanka according to Fujiwara Teika a 12th century tanka master. In her article ‘Teika’s Ten Tanka Techniques’ (Ribbons Spring 2010) Jane Reichhold borrows from Teika’s list of styles or techniques and refines it. Jan had selected examples of tanka that illustrated each style and drew on Jane Reichhold’s examples and comments. It became obvious that a tanka can reflect at least one or two different styles.

Michael Thorley took us back to some of the tanka from The Ink Dark Moon and encouraged us to recapture the spirit of the romantic world and the natural landscape of that time. We looked at a selection of tanka from Ono no Komachi and Izumi Shikibu, how they were written, their ideas and styles. We wrote and shared our own tanka using similar opening words to those used by poets of the ancient court.

Despite a packed program the day was flowing and spontaneous. A beautiful workshop with many insights shared and much laughter.

Breathstream Tanka Poets:

Jan Foster, convenor
The group, begun in June this year, meets at Belmont Library, and currently has 11 members. We meet on the first Friday of each month, from 12 noon to 2.00 p.m. and are now linked to the 15 libraries of the Greater Geelong and Surf Coast Shire. Chilwell asked us to take part in a poetry reading one night last month, which we did, and Belmont has asked if we would present a tanka and conversation afternoon in the new year.

We have just produced, for members only, a chapbook of our work thus far, for our encouragement, and one of our members has had 2 tanka accepted by Poetrix, a women’s only poetry site in Melbourne.

There are plans for a set of six workshops for the first term of 2012 at Neighbourhood House, a community college of sorts in Geelong. Breathstream Tanka Poets is now a recognised group within Geelong Writers, a large local electronic network of groups.

Enthusiasm is high and there have been expressions of interest from several folk for next year. It seems that tanka has taken root and is flourishing in this southern outpost of Oz.

Bottlebrush Tanka Group:

Marilyn Humbert, convenor
Our Bottlebrush group meets once a month. We begin our meetings with a tanka critique of an author we have not met. We explain why we think the tanka we have chosen is a good one.

Next we work through teaching notes which Jan Foster supplies for us each month. Recently we have been studying Ten Teika Styles. We are grateful for this support from Jan even though she has moved to Geelong. She is still very much a part of our group with guidance and encouragement and is just a phone call or email away.

Then we workshop 4 single tanka in response to two word prompts which have been suggested by one of our group members at the previous meeting. Following that we present tanka prose, sequences, strings or clusters.
At some meetings we have a visiting mentor. This year Amelia Fielden and Beverley George have both visited us. We enjoy these visits as they give us the opportunity to learn new things and to workshop our tanka with a more experienced writer.

Bottlebrush is as enthusiastic now as it was when it began about 3 years ago and we are all addicted to tanka writing.

Tanka Huddle:

Founder and convenor: Julie Thorndyke
Tanka Huddle has had a busy and productive year, writing on diverse topics with many publications and personal milestones. Meetings varied according to who was away travelling and who was in town; some visitors and “first timers” were welcomed for a taster visit or to stay; a generous spirit of critique and enjoyment was always to be found around the Huddle table.

It is a joy to see the work of former Huddle members and friends in print: the tanka poetry circle enriches and grows, linking lives and widening in an ever-growing spiral of literary friendship.

Moonrise, a group within a group:

Dawn Bruce, leader
2011 saw the birth of Moonrise, our tanka group within our Ozku haiku group. It began tentatively, but interest grew until we now have everyone enthusiastic … especially after work was published in a number of high quality magazines.

We will continue alternating Ozku and Moonrise meetings in 2012.

The Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group:

Lynette Arden, leader
The Bindii Japanese Genre Poetry Group are preparing to launch the first issue of their Journal, Haiku Bindii Vol. 1 Journeys at an event on 3 December at the Box Factory, Adelaide. Our launch speaker will be Mr Adam Wynn, Hon Consul-General for Japan in South Australia. There will also be reading of work by some of the twenty Bindii contributors to the volume, Japanese flute music played by Munetaka Umehara and refreshments will be served.

At our 5 November meeting the Bindii group held a workshop on senryu, with some historical background and discussion about ‘what is senryu’ followed by presentation of ancient and modern examples from Japanese and contemporary writers and work from members of the group.

We also selected work to post in the showcase on Haiku Bindii blog from the October Challenges.
Beverley George’s photos of her meeting with group members at the SA Museum on 22 Sept were circulated. Thank you Beverley.

Poets from the Bindii group will also be performing at the Box Factory Christmas Market on 10 December.

Limestone Tanka poets, 30th October 2011 meeting:

Kathy Kituai
Founder and Facilitator
There has to be good reason when the temperature is 24 degrees in Canberra to stay indoors, and Gerry Jacobson’s How-a-Poet-Works session was more than enough motivation for Limestone Tanka Poets to gather at the Writer’s Center, Sunday 30th October for our monthly meeting.

Coincidently, Gerry’s initiation into tanka commenced four years ago in a Tanka Journal Workshop facilitated in this same conference Room. Amazing to discover that he has written 1500 tanka in notebooks since that time in cafes in London, Stockholm, Sydney and Canberra as well as other venues, many of which are now published. Gerry’s greatest challenge is to master tanka prose. Speaking of this inspired others to also try.

Surprising how quickly time passes when six poets are responding to twenty tanka in an hour. The topics for this month, ‘Home’ and ‘Away’, bought about varied content ranging from Christmas snow, cherry trees, to counting facebook friends as well as a tanka about a tiny wren, delicate in understanding and description. Once again the standard was high. Everyone took home these poetry sheets (and September’s challenges) to vote on for consideration in proposed Limestone Tanka Poet’s inaugural anthology, 2012.

We also learnt that the Canberra launch date for Food for Thought, Amelia Fielden’s tanka anthology, will be 14th January, 2012, and discussed Eucalypt challenge, Coining a Phrase, 10th November 2011, as well as the deadline (12th December 2011) for Snipe Rising from a Marsh – Birds in Tanka, An Atlas Poetica Special Feature.

Strolling through late afternoon sunshine back to the car it was hard to comprehend that after nine Limestone Tanka Poets monthly meetings for 2011, the next (on 27th November) will be the last for this year. Fitting to end our inaugural year with a much-anticipated workshop by David Terelinck. Waiting to hear what he, as facilitator, might like our November challenge to be, ‘Coast’ was suggested in case the choice was up to us.

Apologies were received from Paul Williams, Michael Thorley, John Van De Graaff, June Foster and Saeko Ogi.

November 21, 2011

Editorial Changes at Haibun Today

ANNOUNCEMENT: Editorial Changes at Haibun Today.

Haibun Today is pleased to announce the following changes to its editorial staff and submission guidelines. These changes will take effect upon the release, on December 1, 2011, of the winter issue of Haibun Today.

Jeffrey Woodward, General Editor:

Queries about matters other than manuscript submission should be directed to the General Editor at haibun.today@gmail.com

Patricia Prime, Reviews Editor:

All proposals for articles, interviews and book reviews should be directed to Patricia Prime, Reviews Editor, at haibuntodayreviews@gmail.com

Glenn G. Coats and Ray Rasmussen, Haibun Editors:

Submissions of no more than three unpublished haibun that are not currently under consideration elsewhere should be forwarded to Glenn G. Coats and Ray Rasmussen, Haibun Editors, at hthaibun@gmail.com

Claire Everett, Tanka Prose Editor:

Submissions of no more than three unpublished tanka prose that are not currently under consideration elsewhere should be forwarded to Claire Everett, Tanka Prose Editor, at httankaprose@gmail.com

For more detailed information on the submission policies of Haibun Today, consult our Submission Guidelines.

November 14, 2011

2011 Polish Haiku Competition: Results

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.

http://polish.international.competition.haiku.pl/results.php

http://polish.international.competition.haiku.pl/wyniki.php

November 11, 2011

A Hundred Gourds: update

The inaugural issue of A Hundred Gourds will be a big issue. We are on track for the publication date of December 1st.

Thank you to everyone who submitted haiku to me for A Hundred Gourds, 1:1.

As well as haiku, tanka, haibun and haiga, the December issue will contain a retrospective feature on Janice M. Bostok’s haiku life, essays by John Carley, Jack Galmitz and Chen-ou Liu and interviews with two haiku poets whose names we’re keeping as a surprise.

Submissions for A Hundred Gourds 1:2, the March issue, will remain open until the deadline of December 15th.

I welcome your haiku submissions for AHG issue 1:2 any time up to and including December 15th. After that date, all submissions received will be held over for consideration for the June issue , A Hundred Gourds 1:3.

Please include your name and country of residence directly beneath the last haiku within the text of your email. Further details about submissions to all of the editors are on the A Hundred Gourds temporary webpage, here:

http://ahundredgourds.haikuhut.com/

On December 1st, this same url will take you to the inaugural issue and the temporary webpage will be abandoned.

warm wishes,

Lorin Ford, haiku editor
a hundred gourds

Links to haiku publications, competitions, events

The Haiku Foundation provides an excellent central point for accessing information on haiku publications, competitions and other events happening around the world. The Haiku Foundation Events Calendar can be found at:

http://www.thehaikufoundation.org/event_calendars/

Some other key national haiku web sites are:

Haiku NewZ http://www.poetrysociety.org.nz/haikunews

Haiku Society of America http://www.hsa-haiku.org/

British Haiku Society http://britishhaikusociety.org.uk/

November 10, 2011

Third Australian Haiku Anthology - Orders

A national anthology presents an opportunity to take stock of the health and development of the writing form it celebrates and the third anthology of Australian haiku is genuinely a celebration. Australian haiku poets have found their own voice. It is a voice that is mature, strong and confident.

Haiku by seventy poets is featured in the Third Australian Haiku Anthology published in November 2011 and available at pre-publication prices for orders placed and paid for (cash or cheque) by 30 November 2011 as follows:

Within Australia (all prices in Australian dollars)
One copy $18 plus $2 postage and handling
Two copies $30 plus $5 postage and handling
Orders for three copies will receive a one year (four issues) subscription to the Australian paper wasp haiku journal, valued at $20, for the all inclusive price of $50 plus $15 postage and handling.

Overseas (airmail only)
One copy $20 plus $4 postage and handling
Two copies $30 plus $8 postage and handling
Orders for three copies will receive a one year (four issues) subscription to the Australian paper wasp haiku journal, valued at $20, for the all inclusive price of $50 plus $25 postage and handling.



Email address for enquiries:ksamuelowicz@optusnet.com.au

Postal address for orders/payment


:paper wasp
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paper wasp editors/publishers
Katherine Samuelowicz, Jacqui Murray

November 07, 2011

REPORT ON BINDII MEETING: 5 NOVEMBER 2011

Lyn Arden conducted a workshop on haiku/senryu. The workshop touched on the origins of senryu, varying definitions of senryu, opinions about what might be called haiku or senryu, a look at examples of 19th and 20th century Japanese senryu and examples of senryu written in English by various authors. Members of the group then shared and workshopped some of their senryu.

Venue: Box Factory, 59 Regent St South, Adelaide
Time: 10.30 am to 1 pm.

Present: Lyn Arden, Maeve Archibald, Dawn Colsey, Athena Zaknic, Lee Bentley, Nigel Ford, Rachael Mead, Belinda Broughton.

October Challenge: Members selected items for display in the Showcase.

Launch of Haiku Bindii on 3 December 2011: discussion of provision of food, drink and other items, and organization of the event.

Box Factory Market: Seven readers have volunteered and others have volunteered to help with the stall. Details will be emailed to participants. Please arrive by 9.30. Our performance will be at 10.30 and run for 20 minutes.

Other business: copies of photos taken by Beverley George on 22 Sept, at the Adelaide Museum Café meeting with Bindii members were circulated. Thank you Beverley for sending these memories of a happy occasion.

Next Event: launch of Haiku Bindii 3 December 2011.

Bindii
(SA Japanese Poetry Genres Group)
http://haiku-bindii.blogspot.com/
Lynette Arden

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.

We were immediately immersed in the perfume and beauty of the prolific rose gardens, accompanied by an abundance of tiny white butterflies and the murmering of innumerable bees (and of course the ubiquitous bush flies!)

Taking copious notes we re-assembled at a rustic table setting in the shade alongside a stream frequented by ducks diving and preening. There we compared notes, shared ideas and commented on how to best present our haiku. This was also a perfect setting for lunch accompanied by the soft sound of a small waterfall in the background.

A great opportunity to hone one's haiku skills was missed by other members of our Mari Warabiny Haiku Group.

Hope to see you next time,
Meryl Manoy.

November 01, 2011

Kusamakura Haiku Competition 2011

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 ).

Limestone Tanka poets: report on 30 October meeting

There has to be good reason when the temperature is 24 degrees in Canberra to stay indoors, and Gerry Jacobson’s How-a-Poet-Works session was more than enough motivation for Limestone Tanka Poets to gather at the Writer’s Center, Sunday 30th October for our monthly meeting.

Coincidently, Gerry’s initiation into tanka commenced four years ago in a Tanka Journal Workshop facilitated in this same conference Room. Amazing to discover that he has written 1500 tanka in notebooks since that time in cafes in London, Stockholm, Sydney and Canberra as well as other venues, many of which are now published. Gerry’s greatest challenge is to master tanka prose. Speaking of this inspired others to also try.

Surprising how quickly time passes when seven poets are responding to twenty tanka in an hour. The topics for this month, ‘Home’ and ‘Away’, bought about varied content ranging from Christmas snow, cherry trees, to counting facebook friends as well as a tanka about a tiny wren, delicate in understanding and description. Once again the standard was high. Everyone took home these poetry sheets (and September’s challenges) to vote on for consideration in proposed Limestone Tanka Poet’s inaugural anthology, 2012.

We also learnt that the Canberra launch date for Food for Thought, Amelia Fielden’s tanka anthology, will be 14th January, 2012, and discussed Eucalypt challenge, Coining a Phrase, 10th November 2011, as well as the deadline (12th December 2011) for Snipe Rising from a Marsh – Birds in Tanka, An Atlas Poetica Special Feature.

Strolling through late afternoon sunshine back to the car it was hard to comprehend that after nine Limestone Tanka Poets monthly meetings for 2011, the next (on 27th November) will be the last for this year. Fitting to end our inaugural year with a much-anticipated workshop by David Terelinck. Waiting to hear what he, as facilitator, might like our November challenge to be, ‘Coast’ was suggested in case the choice was up to us.

Apologies were received from Paul Williams, Michael Thorley, John Van De Graaff, June Foster and Saeko Ogi.

Kathy Kituai
Founder and Facilitator

Haiku Festival Aotearoa: June 2012

Renowned writer and editor Jim Kacian heads the line up of tutors at next year’s Haiku Festival Aotearoa in Tauranga, New Zealand, from June 15-17.

Jim is coming out from the US especially to take two master classes at the festival, which also includes workshops on performing haiku, renku and haibun, and a visit to the Katikati Haiku Pathway.

Tauranga is situated on the east coast of the North Island and is a 2-hour 30-minute drive from Auckland Airport or a 20-minute flight. Visitors from Australia may also choose to fly into Hamilton, which is a 1-hour 15-minute drive from Tauranga.

The festival is designed as a residential event with accommodation and restaurant on site. For more information, and a registration form, please visit the festival website,

http://hfa2012.wordpress.com/

Snapshot Press e-Chapbook Awards 2011

Hearty congratulations to Lorin Ford and Vanessa Proctor for their success in having their manuscripts selected as winners in the Snapshot eChapbook competition 2011. The results can be viewed online at http://www.snapshotpress.co.uk/contests/echapbook_awards/results.htm