March 31, 2007

Matsuyama in the spring

It's time for me to head to Matsuyama, for the Third Pacific Rim Haiku Conference.

2007 is the 140th anniversary year of the birth of the poet Shiki in Matsuyama. I look forward to seeing much of the city on foot, keeping a sharp eye out for stones that carry Shiki's haiku.

The Matsuyama Declaration was signed here in 1999 to establish the Masaoka Shiki International Haiku Research Center and to signify the generous intent of Japanese people to share haiku internationally.

It's spring in Matsuyama. If you visit the conference web-site
you can glimpse what is it like to go on a cherry blossom ginko at Matsuyama Castle.

The papers that will be presented on April 8, which include mine on Haiku on Australia will be broadcast via internet to the first 200 people who register to view them. The screen will be quite small to allow for diverse viewing capability. A schedule of events is available on the web-site and don't forget the time difference of an hour or two. and go to Schedule.

At this point of time I would like to thank the people who provided information and photographs for me to draw on for this paper. These people include John Bird, Janice M Bostok (who pioneered the introduction of haiku to Australia), Lyn Reeves, Dr Jacqui Murray from paper wasp, Vanessa Proctor, Ron Moss, Graham Nunn, Martina Taeker, Myron Lysenko, Dr Kumi Kato and Julie Simpson.

The first paper I wrote is almost twice as long as the one I will present but overall, this is probably for the good! It has been translated into Japanese for delegates.

Particular thanks to Yoshino Hirofumi (Matsuyama) who has arranged for the screening of the visuals to accompany my talk and to Ron Moss (Hobart) who supplied many of them. All the information and photographs are Australian in content except for the very last visual. This is a haiga by Russian born US resident Olga Hooper of a haiku I wrote about Hanami. It is included to pay respect to the international nature of haiku and to the privilege of being in Matsuyama in the spring.

Please note while I am out of the country Lyn Reeves is Acting President of the Australian Haiku Society.

Beverley George

March 29, 2007

More Aussie Rain

And the congratulations keep coming... Haiku Oz would like to congratulate Peter Macrow for his recent success in the Rain Haiku competition.

Peter's haiku:

for spring rain to stop
I clean the shower

has been selected to be published in a forthcoming anthology of the winning entries.

March 28, 2007

Australian Rain Rules

Haiku Oz would also like to announce the success of another Australian haiku poet, Ynes Sanz. Ynes is also one of the eight poets selected to have their haiku published on a haiku umbrella as part of the rain Haiku competition.

Her haiku:

under the thunderhead
throwing a last stick
to the dogs

Congratulations Ynes!

Rain Haiku Winner

Australian haiku poet, Lynette Arden, has recently had one of her haiku selected to appear on a haiku umbrella as part of the Rain Haiku competition. Lynette's haiku is one of only eight selected from the one thousand haiku received.

Her selected haiku:

city lunch in rain
neon lights flick colours
across the menu

HaikuOz congratulates Lynette on this fine achievement.

March 24, 2007

muddy shoes candy heart by Sasa Vazic


Sasa Vazic, muddy shoes candy heart (Peaks Press, 202 Merrywood Drive, Forest, Virginia 24551). Edited by Anita Virgil. The author reads her poems in English. They are accompanied by photography and music of the Balkans. The CD concludes with a brief movie version. $20.00 incl. S&H.; Order by check or money order payable to Anita Virgil,

March 10, 2007

Shamrock Haiku Journal

The premiere issue of Shamrock Haiku Journal, the new online magazine of the
Irish Haiku Society, is now available at

Shamrock is an international quarterly online journal that publishes quality
haiku, senryu and haibun in English, and has a home page at

Shamrock is calling for submissions from local, national and international
haiku poets for the next issue, which will be out in early June 2007. Please
submit your work to Dr. Anthony Anatoly Kudryavitsky, Editor, at

The deadline for submissions is May 31st, 2007. See submissions guidelines