October 31, 2014

Cloudcatchers' Ginko No. 35

Ginko No. 35 (spring)

Victoria Park, Alstonville

Date: Thursday, 30 October 2014

It was such a glorious day for our spring ginko, which felt more like summer, complete with the hum of a few mossies and March Flies. The rainforest was as alluring as ever, and in spite of the fact that it is the sixth time the Cloudcatchers have visited this venue since 2008, we managed to experience many fresh and different images.

This time we placed special emphasis on the sense of hearing, and were thrilled to have a pale yellow robin join us on a branch close by, as we wrote, so that in future we may identify its song from all the intertwined birdcalls that carol from the canopy. Our numbers were diminished due to illness of some of our members, but somehow the laughter was even greater … again and again and again. It is amazing that, although we spend a large part of our time together in complete silence, there is a strong sense of bonding in this passion for the capturing and sharing of haiku. The summer ginko will be held at Lake Ainsworth on Thursday 29 January 2015.

Quendryth Young

October 29, 2014

Red Kelpie Haiku Group Ginko & Meeting #2

We skipped a Winter meeting, due to long-awaited surgery on my feet, and planned a Spring meeting, for group members only, this time. Our second meeting was held on Sunday 26th October in the Melbourne Botanic Gardens. The dramatic thunderstorms were postponed until around 1am on the 27th , the swans were parading their big, dove-grey cygnets, the eels were getting under their paddling feet, the air was scented with all sorts of delicious perfumes from flowering plants and trees and we were blessed and lucky with a fine, warm day, full attendance and great enthusiasm. An Eastern Water Dragon approached our table at the Terrace and seemed to take a special liking to Marisa, staring at her boldly and making her feel nervous enough to take off her lace earrings. The resident Purple Swamp Hen strutted busily between the Terrace and his reedy hideout by the lake.

After coffee and catching up on each other’s haiku efforts and publications since last time, we each read out a contemporary haiku by someone we didn’t know that we’d previously selected to bring along and discussed the basic issue of the cut (kire) and how it worked in each of the haiku presented. For the next hour, we went off in various directions for the silent, ginko walking, hoping for inspiration and taking notes or writing draft haiku, then met again back at the Terrace for lunch, the reading out of our drafts and more haiku talk. The next step will be follow-up process of completing up to three haiku from the day and submitting them for commentary & critique from each group member.
Apologies to the two guests we intended to invite to our next meeting/ ginko and please be assured that invitations to our January meeting will be forthcoming.
The Red Kelpie Haiku Group are currently: Robyn Cairns, Marisa Fazio, Lorin Ford, Jayashree Maniyil, Jennifer Sutherland and Rodney Williams.
Enquiries from haiku writers in the Melbourne area who might like to join the group or be invited along as guests and who have at least three haiku published in edited, English-language haiku journals should be directed to Lorin Ford via haikugourds at gmail dot com, with ‘Red Kelpie Haiku Group’ in the email subject bar.

— Lorin Ford

Melbourne, October 2014

October 26, 2014

Red Dragonflies’ Spring Meeting 2014

The spring meeting of the Red Dragonflies was held on Saturday 25th October at Dawn Bruce’s home in St. Leonards. Dawn kindly met us at the garage entrance so that we could all go up in the internal lift together.

To a background view of early-blooming jacaranda and distant Blue Mountains, Vanessa Proctor led members Beverley George, Cynthia Rowe, Barbara Fisher and Dawn in a productive afternoon. Lesley Walter sent her apologies. Vanessa had given the group a challenging and erudite set of exercises, which produced some interesting haiku. The meeting was, as always, convivial, and given that the themes were historically and artistically inspired, extremely informative. Thank you, Vanessa and thank you, Dawn!

Cynthia Rowe

October 24, 2014

Italian International Haiku Competition results 2014

The 2014 Italian International Haiku Competition saw 450 poets enter from all over the world, with 942 haiku received. Organisers extend their thanks to each poet who participated, as well as to all other people and organisations providing support in the promotion and judging of the contest.

In this twelfth edition of the Italian International Haiku Competition (2014), conducted through Cascina Macondo, major winners were:


Giorno dei mòrti -
il jisei di mìo padre
sul segnalibro

All Souls’ Day -
my father’s jisei
on the bookmark

Terryn Frans, Belgium


Nell’òrto di nònno
i fioro per la tàvola
nònna èra viva

in grandpa’s garden
the flowers for the table
granny was alive

Mangia Anna, Turin
Elementary School Silvio Pèllico – Class 3C Project MUS-E (teacher – Carla Chiarlone)

Thanks not only to the judging panel, but also to the honorary judges: Ban’ya Natsuishi (Japan), Danilo Manera (Italy), David Cobb (England), Jim Kacian (USA), Max Verhart (Netherlands), Visnja Mcmaster (Croatia) and Zinovy Vayman (Russia).

(AHS Secretary’s footnote: Thanks likewise to Riccardo Velardi for translation.)

October 22, 2014

Fujisan Haiku Contest 2014

The Fujisan Conservation Division of the Yamanashi Prefectural Government, Japan, is now accepting entries for its haiku contest, “Fujisan Haiku 2014”. Submissions are welcome on the subject of Fujisan (Mt. Fuji) until December 17th, 2014.

For more details about the Fujisan Haiku Contest 2014, please see this website:

Ms. Hitomi Horibata
Fujisan Conservation Department
Yamanashi Prefecture

6th Yamadera Basho Memorial Museum English Haiku Contest

The anthology of the 6th Yamadera Basho Memorial Museum English Haiku Contest is available on this website:

Beverley George advises that the collection includes haiku by 22 Australians.

IHS International Haiku Competition 2014

The IHS International Haiku Competition 2014 is open for submissions. Entries need to be postmarked by 30th November 2014, addressed to:
The IHS International Haiku Competition 2014
75 Willow Park Grove
Dublin 11

See for expectations about the type of haiku acceptable for entry, along with guidelines about making payment as an entrant from outside Europe (plus previous winners).
The competition offers prizes of Euro 150, Euro 50 and Euro 30 for unpublished haiku/senryu in English.
In addition, there will be up to seven Highly Commended haiku/ senryu.
No e-mail submissions, please.
Good luck to all!

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October 19, 2014


In the late 1980”s Martina Taeker began giving workshops and classes in writing haiku. Martina had lived in Japan and published her work in a number of Japanese haiku group journals and Yomiyuri, so she had a good understanding of the essence of haiku and the requirements for writing this genre. On her return to Australia, she published work in Australian specialist journals such as Yellow Moon.
Martina has continued to give such workshops, on request, to this date and to publish her haiku in Australia and internationally.
Martina’s workshops appear to have been the only haiku instruction or activity available in SA until 2008, although a few individuals, who had come to writing haiku by other pathways, such as information and forums on the Internet, were composing haiku and publishing in journals such as Yellow Moon, paper wasp and FreeXpression.
Such South Australian poets included, from at least 2002: Martina Taeker, Alma Thorsteinsen of Mt Gambier and Anne Drew of Whyalla, Lynette Arden, Bett Angel-Stawarz and Belinda Broughton.

In 2002, the Newland Gallery in Port Adelaide held an exhibition of sculpture, ceramics and glass, called Red and White, which had haiku poems on the walls as wall pieces. (Information from Belinda Broughton, who participated).
Lynette Arden completed the Beginners course at World Haiku Club in 2003, with international and Australian mentors: Andja Petrovic (an’ya), Sue Mill, Alison Williams and Kirsty Karkow. She then participated in on line forums Haiku Hut and AHA forum. Her haiku have been published in Australian and international journals and in her collection of poetry A Pause in the Conversation, in New Poets 15 (Friendly St Poets and Wakefield Press 2010).
Bett Angel Stawarz first wrote haiku at school in 1967 and then after a long gap started writing haiku again around 2005. She had funding from the Arts Council for a mentorship with Janice Bostok. Subsequently she has worked with AHA forum and had haiku published in many international and Australian journals.
Martina Taeker was appointed the first South Australian regional representative of the Australian Haiku Society in 2006. In July of that year, she conducted a Winter Ginko in the Art Gallery of South Australia and in September, she held a workshop on haiku organized by Friendly Street poets.
In 2007 Dawn Colsey won the Kaji Aso Studio "Remembrance" Poetry Contest 2007 Haibun Award, Boston USA. Dawn is a regular reader at Friendly Street Poets, a member of the Kensington & Norwood Writers Group, and belongs to Women Writing at Sophia, a feminist ecumenical women's centre. She was first introduced to haibun at a workshop run at the South Australian Writers Centre in September 2006 by SA Regional Representative Martina Taeker.
In 2008 Friendly Street Poets held two haiku workshops led by Martina Taeker and ran a competition for haiku, haibun and haiku sequence. Maeve Archibald donated the prize money, as an attempt to give greater prominence to haiku in South Australia. The contest drew together the writers of haiku in SA, as well as interstate contestants in the haibun and haiku sequence sections. Further such competitions were held in several subsequent years, with workshops run by Martina Taeker prior to the competition.
During the 2008 prize night at Friendly St poets, a number of the winners decided to hold a ginko, to assess what interest there might be in forming a haiku group. The ginko was held in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens on 13 September and twelve poets attended, including Martina Taeker, Lynette Arden, Maeve Archibald, Belinda Broughton, Margaret Fensom and Allison Millcock.
Following this, a further ginko was scheduled for November, in the Himeji Gardens. Nine poets attended that ginko. The group decided to seek an indoor venue, so workshops and other activities could be included in a program of activities and the first meeting was held at the SA Writers Centre in April 2009. Lynette Arden took on the role of coordination for organizing meetings and lodging reports to HaikuOz and Alex Ask became the Treasurer of the group.
In November 2008 Martina Taeker ran a haiku stall at the Matsuri on Mobara festival of City of Salisbury Council. Examples of haiga were displayed and Gathering: Japanese poetry by South Australian poets, a small collection compiled and produced by Martina was offered for sale. This contained haiku, haibun and tanka by South Australian poets writing in Japanese genres: Martina Taeker, Lynette Arden, Belinda Broughton and Dawn Colsey. Some of this work had been previously published in a wide range of publications: FreeXpression, World Haiku Club Review, Mainichi Daily News: haiku in English, paper wasp, The Mozzie, Writers on Parade, Famous Reporter, frogpond, Poetrix, Presence, Stylus Poetry Journal, Yellow Moon, Eucalypt.
In December of 2008, Allison Millcock presented a haiga workshop to Kensington & Norwood Writers group and a number of the members of that group became interested in haiku and related forms and joined the haiku group.
Having started as the SA Haiku Group, in October 2009 the group decided to rename themselves as Bindii (a native plant with a bit of a prickle to it, which it was felt suited our group).
In December 2009 the group began meeting at the Federal Box Factory on Regent St South. This was a venue free to Community Groups and had other advantages such as easier parking.
In September 2009, two Bindii members: Maeve Archibald and Lynette Arden, attended the Wind Over Water 4th Haiku Pacific Rim haiku conference in Terrigal, as delegates and Lynette Arden travelled to Japan in 2010 and 2012 on literary tours following the trail of Basho and other Japanese haiku poets. Beverley George was literary advisor on these tours.
Lynette Arden took on the role of SA representative of the Australian Haiku Society after Martina Taeker resigned that role in 2009 and in 2012 took on the role of Vice President of the Australian Haiku Association.
In 2013, Lee Bentley took on the role of Co-Convenor of Bindii with Lynette Arden. Lee organizes and runs Bindii meetings and runs several email workshops for members in haiku and tanka during the year.
Since its initial formation, Bindii has run a monthly or bi-monthly program of Japanese genre poetry activities each year. Bindii meetings have included workshops in many of the genres of Japanese poetry, and usually have a component that allows workshop of members’ work. Ginko have usually been held once a year in various venues: Adelaide Botanic Gardens, Veale Gardens, Himeji Gardens and the SA Museum. The group has also organized occasional social events for members during the year, sometimes to catch up with interstate and regional visitors.
Bindii members performed their work at the South Australian State Library on 16 March 2011 at Friendly St Poets Words@Wall. The readings included traditional Japanese poetry, contemporary poetry by Hiromichi Ikeda and poetry composed by members of the Bindii Poetry Group, read by Maeve Archibald, Lynette Arden, Belinda Broughton, Dawn Colsey, Jill Gower and Athena Zaknic.
Four Bindii members: Maeve Archibald, Lynette Arden, Jill Gower and Belinda Broughton gave a performance of Japanese genre poetry as the Friendly St Poets Words@Wall at the SA State Library on 17 July 2013. At both the SA State Library performances, we were pleased to have a large and enthusiastic audience.
The Bindii group have also performed their work at Burnside Library, including readings of haiku as part of the Japanese Cultural Heritage Day and on a number of occasions at the Federal Box Factory Christmas Market, where Bindii members ran a market stall to publicize their work.
Local musician Munetaka Umehara, who specializes in Japanese folkloric music, has accompanied many of the Bindii performances.
In January 2011, several Bindii members were interviewed by Julia Wakefield of Radio Adelaide in a half hour program of information about haiku and other Japanese genre poetry. The program included both historical information and readings of haiku accompanied by gongs. We were interviewed about the origin of the various Japanese forms, mainly tanka, renga /renku and haiku. We read some translations of the masters Basho, Buson, Issa and Shiki. We also read a selection of tanka and haiku written by group members and a collaborative renku composed by three Bindii members. The program was broadcast on 25 January 2011.
For the Through the Door performance, organized by Kensington & Norwood Writers Group for History Month in 2012, six Bindii members composed and performed a haibun renga relating to the history and ambience of the local area. The participating poets were Lynette Arden, Lesley Charlesworth, Belinda Broughton, Lee Bentley, Margaret Fensom and Maeve Archibald.
In 2011 Bindii produced their first anthology of work: Haiku Bindii: Journeys, edited by Belinda Broughton, Lynette Arden and Maeve Archibald.
Lee Bentley is currently compiling a second anthology of members’ work. (2014)
Early in 2012, the group website Haiku Bindii was launched. The website shows details of meetings and showcases some work by group members. Several Bindii members display a page of their poetry.
There are around 27 poets with some connection to Bindii. These poets have varying degrees of involvement and activity. Members regularly have work published in Australian journals such as Windfall and paper wasp, and a number of overseas and on-line publications.
Other SA Haiku Events: Salisbury City Council runs a haiga competition each year with lucrative prize money. This is the only such competition in Australia. The event is judged by Martina Taeker. Since 2008, the Council has run six such annual competitions. The winning and other selected entries are displayed in the John Harvey Gallery, one of the venues for the City of Salisbury Writers Festival.

Lynette Arden

October 18, 2014

Katikati 2014 Haiku Contest Results

Congratulations to Lorin Ford for taking out First Place, with the following haiku:

a last year’s lambskin where mushrooms gather dusk

- Lorin Ford (Australia)

Second place:

train journey …
the young student next to me
reduces stars to graphs

- Beverley George (Australia)

Third place:

holding cover
the hare waits
for eye contact

- Simon Hanson (Australia)

Highly Commended:

nectarine moon the sky dark with fruit bats

- Cynthia Rowe (Australia)

floating in calm air
too much light
for the engineer’s math

- Gary Hotham (US)

the yellowing wattles
lean a little

- Jan Dobb (Australia)

parsley bed
the stretched necks
of snails

- Beverley George (Australia)


rolling fields
the vocabulary
of sheep

- Scott Mason (US)

estuary dusk
a plover
mentions its name

- Tony Beyer (NZ)

first light
a piano sonata
under my breath

- Jennifer Sutherland (Australia)

closed for the night –
I sing her a lullaby

- Claire Knight (UK)

a cicada husk
split open

- Quendryth Young (Australia)

wind chimes the patter of unborn feet

- Norah Johnson (NZ)

Best Local Haiku

evening calm –
duck’s wake
the width of the estuary

- Catherine Bullock, Waihi, NZ

October 06, 2014

Report of Bindii Meeting 4 October 2014

Seven Bindii members met at the Box Factory for a tanka workshop. Lynette Arden led a discussion on how to write a good tanka. Members read out tanka they liked and some background material was handed out to members and discussed.

This was followed by general workshopping of members’ tanka.

Meetings in 2015 will be booked every second month, as the present arrangement seems to be attracting sufficient members to make it worthwhile.

Meetings will be held on the first Saturday in the months of February, (April we will need to try to book the second Saturday, as the first Saturday is Easter), June, August, October and December.

The meeting time will change to 12:00 – 14:00. This will suit some members better and we can bring lunch at this time. Some members may wish to continue at a café after the official meeting has ended.

Meeting types and topics have not been finalized for 2015. Any suggestions will be welcome and considered.

The next meeting will be our final one for 2014 on Saturday 6 December 1-3 pm at the Box Factory.
Bring your work to share and workshop. Members will be emailed further details.

October 02, 2014

Mari Warabiny Haiku Group - Spring Haiku Ginko

The Mari Warabiny Haiku Group will hold a Spring Haiku Ginko on Sunday, 26 October, 2014, commencing at 1.00 pm, at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth Cultural Centre, James Street, Perth.

Participants in the Mari Warabiny Spring Haiku Ginko should please bring along a pen and notebook.
Those involved will meet at 1.00 pm in the front foyer of the Art Gallery, where they will be given handouts on writing haiku and some examples of poetry in this genre.
People taking part will then go their separate ways to observe and make notes, or write haiku, either walking around the Cultural Centre or the Art Gallery.
While participating in the ginko, the group has been offered a trolley in the cloak room at the Art Gallery for the safe storage of bags and belongings.
A table has been booked in the Art Gallery Café at 2.30 pm, where group members will meet up again to compare notes, share new haiku and write further pieces.
The café would appreciate it if people involved could purchase drinks (coffee, tea, cold drinks) and/or afternoon tea (cake, etc.)
The only cost for this Mari Warabiny Spring Haiku Ginko will come from buying such drinks and/or food at the Art Gallery Café.

October 01, 2014

HaikuOz: items posted during September

The following items were posted on the HaikuOz website during September and can be accessed at
Katikati Haiku Contest 2014
5th Kokako Tanka Competition
Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival – 2014 Haiku Invitational
British Haiku Awards 2014
paper wasp submissions
Shamrock (no. 29) online
Genjuan International Haibun Contest 2015
2nd Blue Giraffe Press Haiku Competition
City of Perth Library Haiku Results 2014
The With Words Summer Haiku Competition 2014