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March 30, 2016

HaikuOz items posted during March

The following items were posted on the HaikuOz website during March, 2016, and can be accessed at www.haikuoz.org:

A Hundred Gourds 5.2 released
Call for submissions: ‘Moonbathing’ – A Journal of Women’s Tanka
Message from Vanessa Proctor – new AHS President
Red Kelpie Haiku Group – Autumn meeting and ginko #7
Red Dragonflies – summer gathering
Entries welcome – 8th Yamadera Basho Haiku Contest
Report – Bowerbird Tanka Group meeting #14
Marietta McGregor – winner: 5th Setouchi Matsuyama Photo Haiku Contest
Changes at Paper Wasp

While we remain committed to sending a group email containing the above information to all AHS members – on the first day of each month – technical difficulties continue to be experienced on a website-based level with this circulation process. Apologies are extended to any members who have not been receiving such emailed notifications. Efforts continue to be made to rectify this problem.

Meanwhile, members of the Australian Haiku Society – and other readers of HaikuOz – are reminded that you are most welcome to submit items relevant to the haiku community, both here and overseas, especially in relation to:

• haiku competitions and opportunities for publication;
• news of success in haiku writing enjoyed by Australian haiku poets; and
• reports about meetings of haiku groups in various states/ territories across this country.

Very best wishes,

Rodney Williams

Secretary
Australian Haiku Society

www.haikuoz.org
secretary@haikuoz.org
crimsonrosella56@gmail.com

March 28, 2016

Reminder: submissions close on May 1 for last hard-copy edition of Paper Wasp

The Autumn 2016 edition of ‘paper wasp: a journal of haiku’, featuring more than 40 poets, is now available for $8 within Australia and $US9 overseas (posting & handling included).

‘paper wasp’ will cease publication as a quarterly print journal in July.

‘paper wasp’ will re-emerge in a new form online and produce occasional haiku anthologies in hard copy.

The last Winter issue is intended as a collector’s edition.

In keeping with the beginnings of ‘paper wasp’ more than 20 years ago, it will publish haiku only.

Submissions are restricted to a maximum of six haiku.

The deadline is 1 May.

As an update, please note that this last, winter-based edition of ‘paper wasp’ is expected to be published later than usual, in mid-July.

This delay will result from a bigger than expected number of submissions – and that is even before the deadline closes on 1 May 2016!

The Winter edition will be sent free of charge to existing subscribers.

It will be available for $A10 within Australia and $US10 overseas, postage and handling included.

Enquiries/submissions: jacquimurray@bigpond.com

‘paper wasp’ was founded in 1994 by Jacqui Murray, Ross Clark and the late John Knight to encourage the development of an “Australian” haiku voice.

It succeeded and, with Katherine Samuelowicz as an additional editor, became the longest running hard copy haiku journal in Australia.

Today Australia has many eminent haiku poets whose high standard of writing is known around the world.

Many were first published in ‘paper wasp’.

- Jacqui Murray (editor, 'paper wasp')

March 27, 2016

Marietta McGregor – winner: 5th Setouchi Matsuyama Photo Haiku Contest

Congratulations go to Australian haiku poet Marietta McGregor for winning the 5th Setouchi Matsuyama Photo Haiku Contest, with the following poem:

summer dusk
fishing boats set their nets
around the sun

- Marietta Jane McGregor
(Canberra, Australia)

As posted by David McMurray, this judge’s comment accompanied Marietta’s winning haiku:

“Poetically encompassing the circumference of the sun in a far-reaching wide-angle shot, this haiku won the 5th Setouchi Matsuyama Photo Haiku Contest sponsored by the Asahi Culture Center and The Asahi Shimbun. The Highest Award came with a 30,000 yen gift coupon and handicrafts from Matsuyama.”

Full details can be gained by accessing the Asahi Haikuist Special website, through the following link:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201603210024.html

Also commended in the same set of contest results was this poem by Australian haiku poet, Beverley George:

ebb-tide
children and crabs scuttle
into the shallows

- Beverley George
(Pearl Beach, Australia)

Report – Bowerbird Tanka Group meeting #14

The Bowerbird Tanka Group met on Saturday, March 12th, at Beverley George’s home
at Pearl Beach, New South Wales.

You can read a report of the day’s activities by Catherine Smith, as posted here on the “Eucalypt” website:

http://www.eucalypt.info/E-bowerbird.html

Entries welcome – 8th Yamadera Bashō Haiku Contest

Entries are invited for the 8th Yamadera Bashō Memorial Museum Haiku Contest.

The entry period will commence on April 1 – entries will close on Saturday, 4 June 2016.

Poets may submit either one or two haiku, previously unpublished.

In making an entry to Division Four, non-Japanese entrants are not required to provide a translation.

No entry fee is payable.

Entries can be submitted by email to this address:

bashoenglish-haiku@amail.plala.or.jp

Submissions can also be sent by post to this address instead:

Yamadera Bashō Memorial Museum
4223 Nanin Yamadera, Yamagata-shi, Yamagata-ken, 999-3301 JAPAN

Entries may even be faxed to this number: (0)23-695-2552

In each division, one grand prize and two distinguished work prizes will be awarded.

Prize winners will be notified by post or email.

Recipients will receive a certificate printed in English and Japanese, as well as an additional prize.

Prize-winning haiku poems and the haiku submission collection will be displayed on the Yamadera Bashō Memorial Museum website.

Haiku submissions and applicant names may be printed in the Haiku Submission Collection, displayed on the museum website, and otherwise made public.

Noboru Oba
Yamadera Bashō Memorial Museum

March 07, 2016

Red Dragonflies - summer gathering

Red Dragonflies met on Saturday the 5th March at Barbara Fisher’s home for their summer gathering to workshop haiku and enjoy each other's company.

Present were Lesley Walter, Barbara Fisher, Cynthia Rowe, Dawn Bruce and their leader Vanessa Proctor.

Unfortunately Beverley George couldn’t make it.

Vanessa had set some very challenging writing exercises, but everyone rose to the occasion and the haiku presented were varied and fresh.

Two marked haiku were placed in the bowl after lunch and read in turn. This is always a popular activity as everyone tries to guess the author.

The meeting finished at 1:30.

- Dawn Bruce

Red Kelpie Haiku Group – Autumn meeting & ginko #7

The long-term lack of rain down here in Victoria has left the water-level perceptibly low in the artificial lake beside the Terrace Tearooms at Melbourne’s Botanical Gardens, prompting dusky moorhens to wade around pecking for food in exposed mud beneath the stone walls, exactly where eels could be seen swimming under normal conditions.

With a range of other people involved unable to attend for a variety of reasons – including our leader, Lorin Ford – four members of the Red Kelpie Haiku Group still managed to gather yesterday (Sunday, 6 March) for our autumn meeting. Even if civic gardeners would have appreciated rain, the weather was beautiful – warm and sunny – while group discussion was positive and fruitful to match.

The Red Kelpie Group members joining me yesterday – Janet Howie, Jayashree Maniyil and Earl Livings – had been invited to bring along a draft version of a new haiku that was proving to be challenging. Productive conversation followed, with constructive feedback and helpful suggestions appreciated all around within this work-shopping process.

A second element of the gathering involved group members having also been asked to share a valued haiku – written by another poet – as a prompt towards dialogue, with no particular theme or technical feature specified in advance.

Chosen by Earl Livings, this revered poem from the United States stimulated a range of appreciative reflections:

the river
the river makes
of the moon

- Jim Kacian

Yet the work of Australian haiku poets also featured in discussion, beginning with this thought-provoking one-liner from the latest edition of 'A Hundred Gourds' (5:2, March 2016), as selected by Janet Howie:

inside the ocean the names of all the rivers

- Mark Miller

As a study of grief, this choice by Jayashree Maniyil – having appeared in 'Windfall 4' – was likewise valued within the group:

on your grave …
silk flowers made fresh
in the rain

- Michael Thorley

Having been asked by Lorin Ford to lead the group for the day, in her absence, I chose to take a close look at a famous traditional haiku in translation instead: that signature anti-war poem by Basho, generally known as ‘summer grasses …’

The very question of the best way to translate this work provided a focal point for extensive discussion within the Red Kelpie group, with conversation prompted by a variety of translations, beginning with a series of versions in haibun form, followed by other renderings of the poem as a stand-alone haiku.

Group members were struck not only by such variations in word choice – in English – from a single starting-point in Japanese, but even in poetic form (with translations not only encompassing three-line renderings, yet also a monostich, and even a four-liner).

With translators coming up with a range of solutions to the question of how best to render the prose in Basho’s haibun, along with his ‘summer grasses’ poem itself, Red Kelpie members agreed – as we set off to try to develop new work of our own – it was little wonder that crafting and drafting haiku could prove to be so challenging at times, starting from scratch, if experts could not agree about how to translate such admired work from the greatest of all haiku masters!

- Rodney Williams (on behalf of the Red Kelpie Haiku Group)

March 01, 2016

Message from Vanessa Proctor – new AHS President

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.

Vanessa Proctor
President
Australian Haiku Society

Call for submissions: ‘Moonbathing’ - A Journal of Women’s Tanka

‘Moonbathing’ Issue 14 is now accepting submissions.

‘Moonbathing’ will publish two issues a year: Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer.

Submission guidelines:

‘Moonbathing’ will feature only women poets.

Send a minimum of 5 tanka & a maximum of 10 tanka per submission period.

‘Moonbathing’ does not publish tanka sequences or tanka prose/ taiga.

Please use Arial font/or a similar front, 12 pt size, single spaced (not double); also put your full name beneath each tanka & your state abbreviation or country abbreviation.

Send your tanka in the body of an email to:

Pamela A. Babusci (editor) moongate44@gmail.com

No attachments: make submissions in the body of emails only please.

No previously published tanka or simultaneous submissions; no tanka that has been posted on-line, on Facebook/Twitter or on a personal website/blog.

Submission deadlines:

Spring/Summer: in-hand deadline – May 15th (spring/summer themes or non-seasonal only).

Autumn/Winter: in-hand deadline – Nov. 15th (autumn/winter theme or non-seasonal only).

This issue Spring/ Summer theme only or non-seasonal.

Deadline: May 15, 2016
.
Disclaimer:

'Moonbathing' does not assume liability for copyright infringement or failure to acknowledge previously published tanka.

Copies/ subscriptions:

Note: Paypal is now open to all poets, but add $2 extra in addition to the yearly subscription to cover PP fees, to:

Pamela Babusci moongate44@gmail.com - US funds only.

Subscriptions:

$12 for one year (two issues) U.S. and Canada; $6 for single issue. International: $16 (two issues); $8 single issue U.S. dollars, US checks; send US cash or international M.O.—payable to Pamela A. Babusci.

Mail to :

Pamela A. Babusci
Editor of ‘Moonbathing’
244 Susan Lane Apt. B
Rochester NY 14616
USA

The editor of ‘Moonbathing’ is looking forward to receiving your best tanka.

If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail Pamela A. Babusci – moongate44@gmail.com

Pamela A. Babusci
Editor of ‘Moonbathing’

A Hundred Gourds 5.2 released

The 18th issue of A Hundred Gourds, a quarterly journal of haiku, haibun, haiga, tanka and renku poetry, is now available for your reading pleasure.

http://www.ahundredgourds.com/

Please note:

1. AHG will cease publication with our next issue, AHG 5.3, in June 2016.

AHG 5.3, our 19th issue, will be published in June. It will be our final issue, so be sure to send all submissions by the deadline of March 15th. Submissions received after the deadline will not be considered.

2. There will be no renku section in AHG 5.3

We thank Kala Ramesh for her willingness to join the AHG Team as Guest Renku editor for AHG 5.2. This is the last issue of AHG to contain a Renku section. William Sorlien, in his notices to some contributors last year, warned that he may not be able to continue because of other pressing responsibilities. That has turned out to be the case. We wish him well in his future endeavours.

Along with our poetry sections, AHG 5.2 includes:

FEATURE: Haiku North America 2015 — Schenectady, New York

Jennifer Sutherland reports on the bountiful variety of haiku-related presentations given at the 2015 HNA Conference, which was held in Schenectady, New York, USA. Those many of us who couldn’t be there will appreciate some wonderful glimpses into the ideas and expertise that are shared at HNA Conferences.

EXPOSITIONS

Ray Rasmussen’s essay, ‘Learning from Two Masters’ explores what might be learned from studying the work and teachings of haibun of two haiku masters who were widely separated in both time and place: Basho, from 17th century Japan and Ken Jones from 21st century Wales, UK.

Brad Bennet and Jo McInerney offer their insights into individual haiku that’ve caught their attention.

Ellis Avery reviews the ‘Genjuan Haibun Contest Decorted Works’ anthology, Rodney Williams reviews Owen Bullock’s ‘urban haiku’ and Lorin Ford reviews Rick Tarquinio’s ‘Mostly Water’.

SUBMISSIONS DEADLINE

The deadline for all submissions to AHG 5.3 (the June 2016 issue) is March 15th. Please check our submissions page for details and editors’ guidelines.

Please take the time to read the AHG submissions page, including each relevant editor’s comments and requirements, and ensure that your submission complies.

Lorin Ford – Haiku Editor, Managing Editor

for the Editorial Team, ‘A Hundred Gourds’

HaikuOz items posted during February

The following items were posted on the HaikuOz website during February, 2016, and can be accessed at www.haikuoz.org:

Submissions open to the Living Haiku Anthology
Australian poets featured in Shamrock No. 33
Further haiku response from Jo McInerney – THF’s ‘re: Virals 21’
Cloudcatcher Ginko #40
Report on Bindii Japanese Poetry Genres Group Meeting: 6 February 2016
Cynthia Rowe – Living Haiku Anthology
New President Australian Haiku Society
An Evening of Poetry and Music: Bindii readers at Halifax Café, 11 February 2016
Blood Donation Haiku Contest results – Croatia
‘Notes from the Gean’, Resurrected – Message from Lorin Ford
Portfolios from Australian Haiku Poets – ‘The Living Haiku Anthology’
Australian poets successful – Martin Lucas Haiku Award 2015
Beverley George the latest Australian to be a Focus Poet in ‘Presence’
‘Otata’ – an e-zine of haiku and other short poems

While we remain committed to sending a group email containing the above information to all AHS members – on the first day of each month – technical difficulties continue to be experienced on a website-based level with this circulation process. Apologies are extended to any members who have not been receiving such emailed notifications. Efforts continue to be made to rectify this problem.

Meanwhile, members of the Australian Haiku Society – and other readers of HaikuOz – are reminded that you are most welcome to submit items relevant to the haiku community, both here and overseas, especially in relation to:

• haiku competitions and opportunities for publication;
• news of success in haiku writing enjoyed by Australian haiku poets; and
• reports about meetings of haiku groups in various states/ territories across this country.

Very best wishes,

Rodney Williams

Secretary
Australian Haiku Society

www.haikuoz.org
secretary@haikuoz.org
crimsonrosella56@gmail.com