May 15, 2010

Poetica May 22: Australian Haiku pt I

A detailed exploration of this burgeoning poetic form with some of Australia's leading practitioners.

It will please some and surprise many that the seemingly mystical art of haiku writing is not only alive throughout Australia but is truly flourishing. This intriguing little 17-syllable poem, which originated in Japan, is daily beguiling and tempting writers across the country from Perth to Brisbane... and not only the case-hardened haiku devotees but an increasing number of mainstream poets as well.

In Part 1 we hear from Jodie Hawthorne, Susan Murphy, Andrew Lansdown, John Turner, Beverley George, Graham Nunn, Lyn Reeves and Peter Macrow.

Readers: Peter Holland, Jodie Buzza and Murray Dowsett.
Sound Engineer:David LeMay
Producer: Ron Sims

Poems come from the following titles:

Walking the Tideline by Lyn Reeves
Measuring the Depth by Graham Nunn
Spinifex:haiku. by Beverley George
Oil Slick Sun by Peter Macrow
Watching Pilgrims Watching Me by Jodie Hawthorne
All published by Pardalote Press

May 14, 2010

Friendly Street Poets haiku & habun Workshop

Friendly Street Poets
Haiku & Haibun Workshop

Where: The Box Factory 59 Regent Street South, Adelaide
When: Saturday 5t h June 2 - 4.30pm

Writer and experienced teacher Martina Taeker (past Haiku Oz
SA representative) will present a workshop which examines these
two highly popular, but often misunderstood forms of Japanese
Poetry. If you are starting out you will be given easy explanations
and examples, enabling you to begin writing. If you are already
writing you are invited to bring work to class for expert help and
advice in editing and developing your craft.

Cost: $20 concession & FS Poets members / $25 waged
Cost includes a delicious afternoon tea

Forms will be available at the Workshop for the
FSP Haiku & Haibun competition 2010

May 12, 2010

Review of A Pause in the Conversation by Lynette Arden

Lynette Arden recently had her collection, A Pause in the Conversation published as part of Friendly Street New Poets #15. A review of the book can be found here:;=article&sid;=3830&mode;=ℴ=0&thold;=0

Meeting of the Bindii Group April 10 2010

The Bindii group met at the Box Factory in Regent St Adelaide on Saturday 10 April, with nine members and one visitor present.

Alex Ask gave us a workshop on how to write haiga. Alex won the second prize in the Salisbury Council haiga competition in 2009. Thank you Alex for a very professionally presented workshop with lots of examples of haiga and also written material explaining the origin of the form and how to approach writing and designing a good haiga. Alex plans a PowerPoint presentation of some of his work at the June meeting of Bindii. The meeting concluded with lunch. Members were invited to participate in the barbeque held by the Community Centre.

May 10, 2010

Bindii Ginko – Adelaide Botanic Gardens 8 May 2010

After meeting at the Central Café near the lake in the Botanic Gardens at 11 am, we split up to walk individually and take notes and photos and write haiku. At 12 noon we again met at the café for a conversation over a leisurely lunch.

The gardens, in their autumn foliage, were stunning as always, and the rose garden in full bloom provided a wonderful display of both colour and scent.

Those interested in writing haiku would be welcome to join us at one of our meetings if in our area at the time.

Our next meeting will be held at the Box Factory 59 Regent St South, Adelaide at 10.30 am on Saturday June 5th.

Alex Ask is planning to show us a Powerpoint presentation of some of his haiga and we will also hold a kukai. Please bring some haiku for the kukai (sharing haiku). Other forms to share will also be welcome (tanka, haibun, haiga etc).

Lynette Arden

May 04, 2010

Montage: The Book

The Haiku Foundation has released a haiku collection titled Montage: The Book

It includes:

Janice Bostok
Lorin Ford
Ron Moss

Artwork and art design by Ron Moss

Haiku Now! Contest Results

On behalf of everyone at Haiku Oz, I would like to congratulate Lorin Ford for her recent win in the 2010 Haiku Now! Contemporary Haiku Competiton and Vanessa Proctor for taking out one of the runners-up awards. A judges report and their winning poems can be read here: