August 27, 2014

Report of Bindii meeting 2 August 2014

Workshop on Janice Bostok and her contemporaries: Lynette Arden handed out information on the life of Janice Bostok, including comments about Janice’s impact on haiku poetry in Australia and USA.
Examples of work from Janice Bostok, Cor van den Heuvel, William J Higginson, Michael McClintock and Marlene Mountain were also distributed and read out by group members.

Some of Janice’s work was also discussed and that of some of her contemporaries in USA. Marlene Mountain had commented on her Facebook page about the impact Janice Bostok had on American haiku poets of the time, when Janice first travelled to USA in 1978.
Janice Bostok’s book Amongst the Graffiti and Marlene Mountain’s book The Old Tin Roof are now available for download as PDF files at the following website:
Other material about her life and work can be found at the following link:

GENERAL WORKSHOP: workshop of members’ haiku, haibun and tanka took up the remainder of the meeting.

Saturday 4 October
1-3 pm
Box Factory:
This will be a meeting focused on tanka.
Members are invited to bring in their tanka, tanka they admire, their thoughts, and thoughts and ideas from other sources, so we can find out what makes a tanka work and how to compose a successful tanka.
There will also be an opportunity for haiku and other Japanese genre poetry forms to be work-shopped later in the meeting.

August 26, 2014

Kimberley Corrugated Lines Haiku Contest

Adult section – Winner:

Clancy McDowell, Broome –

under a bright moon
salmon flipping
in the tin boat hull

The judge said: I like this one because of the visual image it gives and the sound you can hear when reading it. It’s also in the now. I selected it for its tightness, evocativeness and immediacy.

Very Highly Commended:

Phillip McCarthy, One Arm Point Community
Clancy McDowell, Broome


Jake Petterwood, Bidyadanga
Cath Borthwick, Broome (twice)
Mike Greenacre
Xavier Dhalluin, Broome
Kevin Dougal, One Arm Point

Kimberley Haiku Contest – Youth section:


Shawana, Bayulu RCS No. 50

Highly commended:

Keatrin, Bayulu RCS No. 48


Shenaya Green, Looma Community School No. 30

Haiku about the Dry Season: also Commended for their age –

Emily Atkins, Wyndham No. 57 (Yrs 2/3)
Grace Williams, Wyndham No. 95 (Yrs 5/6)

Maureen Sexton

August 17, 2014

2014 Janice M Bostok Contest will not proceed

Owing to unforeseen circumstances, Paper Wasp regrets that this year’s Janice M Bostok haiku contest cannot proceed. Apologies are due to those who have already entered the contest – your entry fees will be refunded.

For those of you who have been trying to contact Katherine by email further apologies – her box has been out of action. The problem is being addressed.

Kind regards
Katherine Samuelowicz/Jacqui Murray

August 01, 2014

Cloudcatchers’ Ginko No.34

The thirty-fourth ginko of the Cloudcatchers was held on Thursday 31 July 2014 at the site where it all began in December 2005; Torakina Park at Brunswick Heads. It was the mid-winter ginko, but a strange weather pattern had us absorbing the ambience of this beachside location in gloriously warming winter sunshine.

The beach was dotted with dads and toddlers, who featured strongly in many haiku. John Bird noted one of the little ones wading off in the direction of New Zealand. There were ample bush turkeys to challenge little boys, and in spite of excited young voices there was the usual abundance of birdsong in the surrounding tuckeroos and banksias. Recently published haiku were shared before the silence, which was followed by the round-table reading and workshopping of first drafts. Ten Cloudcatchers participated, and we continued the camaraderie at The Bruns (hotel) over lunch together. The Winter Round Robin is currently under way.

Quendryth Young

HaikuOz: items posted during July

The following items were posted on the HaikuOz website during July and can be accessed at

Lorin Ford's 'a wattle seedpod' now a free e-book

Red Dragonflies winter meeting 2014

NZPS International Poetry Competition

New Secretary Australian Haiku Society

Entries open for 2014 Katikati Haiku Contest

Perth City Library Haiku Competition