July 30, 2006

Call for submissions: red lights

red lights is interested in submissions of tanka, tan-renga, and tanka sequences. Please send up to 10 tanka or tan-renga or 2 tanka sequences (no longer than 10 stanzas each) for consideration to:

red lights
Pamela Miller Ness, Editor
33 Riverside Drive, Apt.4-G
New York, NY 10023

Honorarium: $1 per tanka accepted.

Deadlines: November 15th for January 2006 issue; April 15th for June 2006 issue.

moonset Literary Newspaper
POB 3627
La Pine, Oregon USA

moonset publisher, peterb
moonset editor, an'ya

Wisteria: A Journal of Haiku, Senryu, & Tanka

Wisteria: A Journal of Haiku, Senryu, & Tanka


Tony A. Thompson, editor

bottle rockets

bottle rockets: a magazine dedicated to haiku, senryu, and related poetry

Contact :

Stanford M. Forrester, editor
bottle rockets
P.O. Box 189
Windsor, CT 06095

July 23, 2006

Wollumbin Haiku Workshop

Wollumbin Haiku Workshop presents its inaugural collection of previously unpublished haiku by John Bird, Quendryth Young & Nathalie Buckland at:

July 13, 2006


eucalypt.jpg Eucalypt: a tanka journal is the first Australian literary magazine devoted entirely to the 1300 year old genre from Japan which has so much relevance to the way we think and feel today. Information is available from or by writing with an SSAE to Beverley George, Editor: Eucalypt, PO Box 37 Pearl Beach 2256 Australia

July 08, 2006

Tanka Central (US)

July 07, 2006

Eucalypt:a tanka journal

Tanka Society of America

July 05, 2006


New Zealand Poetry Society has an article on kigo by Vanessa Proctor in their current edition.

Well worth the read at

Prepublication offer - Second Australian Haiku Anthology

Second Australian Haiku Anthology will be published in late July 2006.

Prepublication prices are:
$16 Australian, including postage within Australia
elsewhere: $16 US (cash only) including postage.

Normal prices:
$22 Australian including postage within Australia
elsewhere: $22 US (cash only) including postage.

Please send your orders to:
Katherine Samuelowicz
14 Fig Tree Pocket Road
Chapel Hill Qld 4069

July 03, 2006

Haiku and Visual Art: A Winter Ginko

Martina Taeker, RR for SA, recently conducted a ginko in the Art Gallery of SA and based on her experiences offers some thoughts on how a winter ginko might be conducted indoors. To read the full article go to the Haiku Musings page.

Haiku and Visual Art: A Winter Ginko

Martina Taeker, RR for SA, recently conducted a ginko in the Art Gallery of SA and based on her experiences offers some thoughts on how a winter ginko might be conducted indoors

Are you and your haiku feeling a little tired, cold, or stale? Have you thought about taking a ginko, but put it off because it's winter and you're still coughing from the last flu you caught?
Try taking a ginko indoors, at your local art gallery.
Don't know anything about art? It doesn't matter. After all you are not intending to write a thesis. You want to enjoy some art, be inspired and invigorated by it, and use this experience to create art by writing haiku.
Artists have been inspiring each other for centuries. It is useful for artists to be exposed to the work of others. You can see what subjects they choose and how different artists tackle a particular subject in different ways.
Remember to observe the people around you in the gallery, but discreetly. People respond to the same piece of art in individual ways and that too is grist for the artistic mill of your pen.
If this is your first visit to a gallery, begin by wandering slowly through it. Notice which art works catches your eye, but don't stop. Get an overview before focusing in on one area. You might even find that this is more than enough material for one day. In which case you can return for another ginko in a few weeks.

Once you have had an overview, then focus in on the works that caught your attention. Perhaps the art on a particular wall or in a particular display case interested you. Perhaps a certain style, such as Impressionism or Cubism. Perhaps certain subject matter appeals, such as seascapes, urban vistas, or portraits. Even if only one painting caught your eye, that can be more than enough material to inspire several haiku.
How? Some of the following suggestions might help you turn your experience into haiku.

v Observe the rooms themselves and your reaction to them. Their size, lighting, sounds, smells, colour.
v Are you drawn to paintings on walls or items in display cases? What, specifically, draws you? Why?
v Is there anything on display that repulses you? Disturbs you? Why?
v What other feelings do the gallery or the works stir in you? Are you overwhelmed? Awed? Curious? Disappointed? Annoyed? Why?
v Are you judging the works or trying to understand them? Do you have trouble seeing some of the items on display as art? Why?
v Are you drawn to a particular style or period? A particular artist? What, precisely, attracts you?
v Do you read the information about the work or ignore it? Why?
v When you observe the same work from a distance and then up closer, how does your impression of it change?
v Have you been here before or in another gallery? What memories has this visit stirred?
v Have you taken any art classes? How did you feel about art in school?
v Do any of the paintings remind you of places you have been or people you have met?
v Do the other people in the gallery feel as you do? How do they respond to the art around them. Do any of their responses surprise you?
Before you leave check out the information desk. They often carry a brochure detailing upcoming exhibitions which might provide further inspiration. Also, the bookshop often has postcards or bookmarks featuring some of the works in the gallery. If something has struck a deep chord with you, you might be able to take a small version of it home for future enjoyment and reference.
Finally, don't forget that experiences which can be turned into haiku are present even before you reach the gallery. Is there anything about organising your ginko that is haiku material? What about the actual travel to the gallery? The travelling home? Once you're sitting comfortably at home again, what do you remember most about the day?
Enjoy your indoor ginko and your communion with other artists. May this experience challenge and invigorate your haiku writing.