December 23, 2006

Yellow Moon 20 mailed

Yellow Moon 20, Summer 2006, the final issue, was mailed on Wednesday, 20th December. It seems to have reached a number of people just in time for Christmas. If, within Australia, you haven't received it yet, hopefully it will be with you next week. A week or so later for overseas poets.

Season's Greetings,


Beverley George
www.eucalypt. info

December 18, 2006

Haiku Reality

Chrysanthemum - an internet magazine for modern verse in the tradition of Japanese short poetry

Chrysanthemum was originally a Latin word (the same in German & English) that emphasized the connection of the ancient Greek-Roman tradition to the Japanese. The chrysanthemum is known as one of the Five Noble Plants in the Chinese-Japanese tradition.

Chrysanthemum is an international internet magazine that will appear twice a year, and will showcase previously unpublished Haiku/Senryû, Tanka, Haibun, Essays and Interviews in German and English. Haiku/Senryû submitted in English will be translated into German, if not already accompanied by a German translation, which is welcome but not required. Tanka, Haibun, Essays and Interviews will appear only in their original language. Submissions in languages other than German or English are also welcome as long as as they are accompanied by a translation into German or English.

Chrysanthemum welcomes work based both on traditional values as well as modern, innovative contributions in form and content, although there will be a special focus on innovative work of quality. Chrysanthemum hopes to achieve a connection between the heritage of the genre and the development and adaption in countries outside Japan.


Chrysanthemum will appear on the 15th of April and the 15th of October. Deadline for the spring issue is the end of February and for the fall issue at the end of August.

Submissions are welcome at any time.

Please send your submissions to Dietmar Tauchner:
Include your contribution in the body of the email; no attached files.
Please send up to 10 haiku/senryû or up to 5 tanka at a time for consideration. All submissions must be unpublished and not under consideration elsewhere.

If work originally published by Chrysanthemum is submitted elesewhere, please credit the magazine.
All contents are copyright by the authors. All rights revert to the authors upon publication in Chrysanthemum.

December 14, 2006

A new publication opportunity for haiku poets

A new outlet for haiku in Australia will be launched in January 2007. For thirteen years the monthly literary magazine, FreeXpresSion, published by Peter Pike (currently president of the Fellowship of Australian Writers, NSW Inc.) has comprised stories, poetry and articles from up to 400 subscribers. A haiku section is to be incorporated, and members of HaikuOz are invited to submit material, up to five unpublished haiku, not on offer elsewhere.

Please send these direct to the Haiku Editor, Quendryth Young,
including your postal address.
Please keep a copy of your submission. You will be notified as soon as possible regarding the acceptance of your work.

The current annual subscription rate for FreeXpresSion is $42 for twelve issues ($66 airmail overseas). For six months (6 issues) it is $25 ($36 overseas). The magazine is available by direct subscription only. Anyone whose work is accepted receives a complimentary copy on first inclusion. The address is: The Editor, FreeXpresSion, PO Box 4, West Hoxton NSW Australia 2171.

About Quendryth Young:
Quendryth is an accomplished free verse poet, who in recent years has become a serious student of haiku.

She regularly workshops this genre with two other poets, John Bird and Nathalie Buckland, in the northern rivers area of NSW, and a selection of her work is continuously on line at wollumbin haiku workshop and on John Bird’s website, haiku dreaming australia. Quendryth coordinates a group of local haiku enthusiasts, know as cloudcatchers, whose members participate regularly in ginko ( haiku walks).

Quendryth Young’s haiku have also been published in: Yellow Moon, paper wasp, Jack Stamm anthology, The Heron’s Nest (USA), Famous Reporter, the New Zealand Poetry Society’s annual journal, and Stylus.

In 2005, she won first prizes for a haiku sequence in Yellow Moon (Australia) and for a haiku in the New Zealand Poetry Society’s Haiku Awards. Another sequence was commended in the Joan Packham Poetry Prize (for open poetry) in 2005, and a haiku placed equal third in the Jack Stamm Award (Australia) in 2005/6. The Ikebana International (Lismore Chapter) incorporated Quendryth’s haiku into its 45th Birthday Celebrations in November 2005.

HaikuOz warmly endorses the appointment of Quendryth Young as haiku editor for FreeXpresSion

Beverley George

December 09, 2006

Haiku and Tanka Events in South Australia

In September Regional Representative, Martina Taeker, gave a haiku workshop which was well-received by all who attended.

In November, when I was visiting Adelaide, I was privileged to be a dinner guest of the lively Kensington and Norwood Writers who have since celebrated a 20th anniversary event, attended by sixty people. To find out more about this group visit

The members write in a variety of genres but were eager, along with several attendees from other groups, to explore tanka in a workshop I gave at the SA Writers Centre. The workshop considered the way in which tanka were written in the Heian Court Period in Japan over 1,000 years ago before looking at some modern examples and how to begin to write them.

I would like to thank Lynette Arden for her enthusiasm and kindness and send warm greetings to everyone who attended either or both events.

Beverley George
Editor: Eucalypt: Australia's first literary journal dedicated to tanka

December 04, 2006

Spinifex: haiku by Beverley George


a new haiku collection by Beverley George, Spinifex contains many of her prize-winning haiku and haiku sequences.

Spinifex: haiku
by Beverley George
ISBN 0 957843609 0
published by Pardalote Press
125 x 180 mm, 60pp, colour cover, paperback, perfect bound
Price: $AU 18.50
available from

‘… the form and style of Beverley’s writing is current international best practise for haiku-in-English. Spinifex is a book to delight the haiku-lover, to grace any haijin’s bookcase, and to serve as an exemplar for the novice haiku writer.’ John Bird

‘Beverley George’s haiku take us on a compelling journey through the Australian landscape from the coast to country towns. These intimate, keenly observed poems deserve to be read again and again. Spinifex is a collection to be treasured.’ Vanessa Proctor