November 25, 2014

Ginko with Lysenko #24

Sunday 7 December 2.00-4.30 p.m.

$30 per person ($20 concession)

Woodend Neighbourhood House

47 Forest Street, Woodend

For bookings: (03) 5427 1845

Join Myron Lysenko and learn about the subtleties and techniques of haiku writing, before heading off on a gentle walk to find inspiration and write several of your own haiku.

November 23, 2014

Blue Giraffe Press 2nd Haiku Competition results

The winners of the Blue Giraffe Press 2nd Haiku Competition (October 2014) were: Nathalie Buckland, Mark Miller and Rob Woods.

Commended: Lorin Ford, Lorraine Haig and Ron C. Moss.

Judge: Peter Macrow (Manager, Blue Giraffe Press)

Winners received $100 - commended poets $40.

Peter Macrow advises that the awarded poems will be printed next year in issue #5 of "Prospect" poetry journal, a haiku and tanka issue.

Beverley George will act as guest editor for that edition, through Blue Giraffe Press.

A total of 53 entries were received for this second Blue Giraffe haiku competition, involving about 250 poems, covering all Australian states and territories.

Entrants who had no luck in the judging are still encouraged to submit these and/or other poems towards that same edition of "Prospect".

A maximum of 10 haiku and/or 6 tanka per poet will be welcome, during a submission window of 1 April 2015 – 31 May 2015.

Submissions can be emailed directly to Beverley George during that period of time:

Poetry offered for "Prospect" cannot have been published previously in print or electronic media, nor can it be on offer elsewhere.

This special haiku and tanka edition of "Prospect" is likely to become available during August, 2015.

Costing $10 each, copies can be ordered from Peter Macrow, 6/16 Osborne Street, Sandy Bay TAS 7005.

Cheques should be made out to Peter Macrow, while cash or 15 x 70 cent stamps would also be welcome.

November 11, 2014

2014 World Haiku Competition Results

Results of 2014 World Haiku Competition include Australian Poets Carole Harrison and Cynthia Rowe, awarded First Place and Honourable Mention respectively.

1st Place Grand Prize Winner!

cicada dusk . . .
pine needles threading me
the moon

by Carole Harrison (Australia)

2nd Place

a monarch
folds into silence...
budding petals

by Chen-ou Liu

3rd Place

last breath
of the last dinosaur
in tar pit bubbles

by Jackie Maugh Robinson

Honourable Mentions

hot soup
my tongue screams
I wait

by Patricia Cyr

walking barefoot
in wet sand
low breakers erase me

by Jackie Maugh Robinson

memorial garden …
the shadowy gleam
of a ghost orchid

by Cynthia Rowe

moth wings
the folding and unfolding
of laundry

by Tracy Davidson

the cherry blossom
they'll never see again...

by Tracy Davidson

November 10, 2014


Following are the 2014 Annual Moon Viewing Haiku Contest 3 prize winning and 10 honorable mention haiku, which include haiku by Australian poet Cynthia Rowe.

First Prize:

full moon
the baby turns
under her hand

Vera Constantineau, Canada

Second Prize:

Two in the morning –
faithful to our rendez-vous
the fox and the moon

Josette Pellet, Switzerland

Third Prize:

no more chemo
through the thin curtain
the blood moon

Florin Florian, Romania

Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order):

leaf falling moon
happy for now
to lose count

Helen Buckingham, Great Britain

autumn evening
a full moon
lights the silence

Anne LB Davidson, USA

cloudy autumn sky
the full moon stays
on the calendar

Gérard Dumon, France

snatching colour
from the blood moon…
fields of pumpkins

Kirsty Karkow, USA

the glow
from leaf-pile embers…
blood moon

Catherine Lee, USA

even the stars
no longer…
harvest moon

Cynthia Rowe, Australia

Red moon
My eyes finally see
Your shadow

Sneha Sundaram, India

moon viewing –
a shine in each
rice dumpling

Andre Surridge, New Zealand

hunter’s moon
a werewolf growls in
nani’s stories

*Nani-maternal grandmother in Hindi*

Jhanvi Tiwari, India

clear night on the street
in the puddle proudly stands
first dog on the moon

Gašper Trček, Slovenia

muttering thunder annual

The first muttering thunder annual has just been published, and it includes work by Australian poets Lorin Ford, Beverley George, Ron C. Moss, Greg Piko and Quendryth Young.

It's a collection of nature-oriented haiku and art available for free online viewing and download. This first annual, dedicated to the memory of Martin Lucas, collects approximately 100 previously unpublished haiku by almost 60 premier English-language haiku poets from around the world. It also features a reprint of Robert Spiess's cogent essay "Specific Objects in Haiku" and a wide-ranging interview with haiku and lyric poet Wally Swist.

You can access the annual from this webpage:

We hope you'll enjoy it. If you have any comments or feedback, please feel free to write. We'd be quite interested in what you have to say. Also, please share this link with anyone who might be interested via email or social media.

Best wishes,
Allan Burns & Ron C. Moss

November 07, 2014

Mari Warabiny Haiku Group 2014 Spring Ginko

On a sunny afternoon 8 haiku enthusiasts from the Mari Warabiny Haiku Group met at the Art Gallery of WA, in the vibrant Perth Cultural Centre, for a Spring ginko. The Art Gallery of WA provided the Manhattan Meeting Room where our Ginko leader (Shuzai) the esteemed haiku Poet, Maureen Sexton welcomed us. Maureen provided a handout and verbal instructions on how to conduct a Spring Ginko.

A Ginko is a haiku walk, where Haiku Poets write observations and haiku in their notebooks. Notes can later be sifted or converted to haiku. Our facilitator, Maureen Sexton is also the Haiku Oz (Haiku Society of Australia) - WA Regional Representative. In attendance, were Rose van Son, Meryl Manoy, Mardi May, Samar Ghose, Barry Sanbrook, Anne Dyson and myself, Tash Adams.

We scattered like ants - my subsequent busy notes best resembling black scratchings.

After the observing/writing period we met in the Art Gallery Cafe for refreshments and read our notes and haiku. If we wished, we could seek feedback on our new haiku.

The Spring Ginko was a free event. Members purchased their own drink and afternoon tea in the Gallery Cafe after the walk. Thank you to Maureen Sexton who facilitated the walk and thank you to those who attended. Your feedback was invaluable.

Below are some of the Haiku written on Mari Warabiny's Spring Ginko.

art gallery (Samar Ghose)
pondering the floor pattern
a lone security guard

three leafed clover (Rose Van Son)
a seagull measures
its steps

black beetles and ants (Meryl Manoy)
meet on the path

the flow of chi (Samar Ghose)
Taoists drift in and out of
the eucalypt's shade

urban wetlands (Mardi May)
a voice calls
Basho's frog

Perth haiku walk (Maureen Sexton)
a Japanese tourist
takes my photo

ants in line (Barry Sanbrook)
climb the olive tree
another groove

Perth city wetlands (Anne Dyson)
magpies dive bomb an
art gallery guard

suburban veggie garden (Maureen Sexton)
pigeons peck at a crushed
Jim Beam can

leaf veins (Barry Sanbrook)
crackle in the spring

mixed perennials (Tash Adams)
a teenager lies reading
in the garden bed

State Library (Tash Adams)
a book on origami
paper included

city skyline (Samar Ghose)
the spaceman busker
launches into his act

Mari Warabiny Haiku Group welcomes new members. Hope to meet you at the next Ginko.

Tash Adams

Tash Adams has a scientist’s eye for discovery; she hopes to name a new species. Tash can be seen investigating nature with her children or counting syllables on her fingers (Walking whilst doing so may result in injury). She blogs infrequently at

November 06, 2014

One Man’s Maple Moon: 66 Selected English-Chinese Bilingual Tanka, Volume One 2014

“A tanka is snowflakes drifting through the ink dark moon” – Chen-ou Liu

Australian tanka poets included in this new online anthology include: Beverley George, Amelia Fielden, Marilyn Humbert, Keitha Keyes and Merle Connolly.

"One Man’s Maple Moon" can be accessed through this link:

Beverley George, New South Wales

A note from Chen-ou:

Dear Contributors and Readers,

I am pleased to announce that “One Man’s Maple Moon: 66 Selected English-Chinese Bilingual Tanka, Volume One 2014” is now available for your reading pleasure.

(Note: I’ve revised some Chinese translations. For those whose tanka are included in the anthology, each will receive a copy of its e-book edition shortly.)

This book is dedicated to Li Bai (701-762), also known as Li Po.

First stanza of “Drinking Alone by Moonlight”:

A cup of wine, under the flowering trees;
I drink alone, for no friend is near.
Raising my cup I beckon the bright moon,
For he, with my shadow, will make three men.

November 03, 2014

Butterfly Dream: 66 Selected English-Chinese Bilingual Haiku

The haiku featured in Chen-ou Liu’s 2014 ‘Butterfly Dream’ series have now been collected and published as a free-to-read e-book, accessible from his 'NeverEnding Story: First English-Chinese Bilingual Haiku and Tanka' blog, through this link:

Australians Lorin Ford, Beverley George, Keitha Keyes and Marilyn Humbert are among those whose haiku have been translated and feature in this collection.

From Chen-ou:

“ Dear Contributors and Readers:

I am pleased to announce that Butterfly Dream: 66 Selected English-Chinese Bilingual Haiku, Volume One 2014 is now available online for your reading pleasure. (Note: I'd revised some of Chinese translations. For those whose haiku are included in the anthology, each will receive a copy of its e-book edition within three days.)

This book is dedicated to Zhuang Zhou (369 BC - 286 BC), often known as Zhuangzi.

Once Zhuangzi dreamt he was a butterfly, a butterfly flitting and fluttering around, happy with himself and doing as he pleased. He didn't know he was Zhuangzi. Suddenly he woke up and there he was, solid and unmistakable Zhuangzi. But he didn't know if he was Zhuangzi who had dreamt he was a butterfly, or a butterfly dreaming he was Zhuangzi. Between Zhuangzi and a butterfly there must be some distinction! This is called the Transformation of Things.

I think therefore I am entering a butterfly's dream

(Third Prize, 2013 Kusamakura International Haiku Competition)

Chen-ou Liu (劉鎮歐) ”
Chen-ou Liu’s own EL haiku are published frequently in contemporary journals and his translations from English into his first language are considered skilful.

Submissions for possible selection for the 2015 ‘Butterfly Dream’ are open until December 1st 2014.

For details, see Chen-ou's 'NeverEnding Story' blog:

– Lorin Ford, Melbourne

November 01, 2014

HaikuOz: items posted during October

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

Mari Warabiny Haiku Group – Spring Haiku Ginko
Report of Bindii Meeting 4 October 2014
Katikati 2014 Haiku Contest Results
Short History of Haiku in South Australia
Chrysanthemum 16 is now online
IHS International Haiku Competition 2014
6th Yamadera Basho Memorial Museum English Haiku Contest
Fujisan Haiku Contest 2014
Italian International Haiku Competition results 2014
Red Dragonflies’ Spring Meeting 2014
Red Kelpie Haiku Group Ginko & Meeting #2
Cloudcatchers’ Ginko No. 35