New Haiku in AHG & a Memoriam for John Carley

I suspect I’ve written posts about Haibun Today and A Hundred Gourds each March over the last couple of years – but here we are again with new issues!

Haibun Today‘s latest has heaps of great pieces, one of my favs is by Lynn Wohlwend – check it out here.

A Hundred Gourds includes one of my haiku right here – which I couldn’t find at first because I’m hopeless I think! Luckily editor Lorin Ford reminded me of the index 🙂

HEAPS of great stuff there, where I also wanted to draw your attention to the Memoriam for John Carley, a generous, witty man and someone I, along with many others, considered a mentor in the renku world. He is missed though thankfully his work will not be forgotten.

Thank you, John.

A Haibun & Haiku Update

heron1Today I wanted to share some acceptances and also some submission openings in the haiku/haibun world. Most recently I was lucky enough to have pieces accepted at both Haibun Today and The Heron’s Nest.

First, here’s a winter themed haibun and then a haiku in the opposite season!

Browsing over at the latest Heron’s Nest there’s you’ll find a lot of great haiku – I especially enjoyed this one from Lorin Ford:

last quarter moon—
the scrape of a blade
on the whetstone

and this one from Chad Lee Robinson:

a distant cloud
dragging rain—
the swish of horse tails

It’s also worth checking out the latest issue of A Hundred Gourds – heaps of great haiku, haibun and renku there. This one I love from Raj K. Bose:

storm clouds
not knowing
my future

Submissions for all three journals are open now/closing soon:

ahundredgourds
haibuntoday
theheron’snest

Third Australian Haiku Anthology

pw_banner_bgOne of Australia’s best known haiku publications, paper wasp is a quarterly out of Queensland, Australia, and one which is open to submissions worldwide.

They’ve always published great haiku (and related forms) from not only Australia’s best-known haiku poets but newer writers too, and I’ve been lucky enough to join all of those writers in the Third Australian Haiku Anthology (Eds Jacqui Murray & Katherine Samuelowicz.)

Five of my verses appeared in the collection, two of which I’ve reproduced below:

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a splash of yellow
standing
against the firestorm

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autumn moon
groan as feet
hit cold tiles

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But I mostly wanted to share some other favourites from within, and urge haiku writers to submit your work, and in addition, if you’re not already, and you can, to support the publication.

There’s a great range of voices throughout, along with a real reflection of Australian elements that aren’t always readily observable – but then, that’s what I’m looking for in my poetry as a reader, the chance to stop and see something again!

This anthology, and haiku itself, always helps me with that.

Here are just some of my many favourites:

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bush track
first rain drops roll
dust into balls

Janice M. Bostok

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strutting magpie
opening and closing
the supermarket doors

Belinda Broughton

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rising from prayer
i find myself
in tourist photographs

Ross Clark

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a squabble of rosellas
unzips
the clouds

Anne Elvey

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distant thunder
the future
in my bones

Lorin Ford

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autumn wind
chasing my old hat
old me

Peter Macrow

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Letting my tongue
deeper into
the strawberry sundae

Graham Nunn

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$5 phone card –
the things
I forgot to say

Vuong Pham

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winter solstice
the barbed wire fence
furry with frost

Cynthia Rowe

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mosquito
a stranger’s blood
on my hand

Quendryth Young

Going Down Swinging No.29

Very simply, you should get this one.

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But glib statements aside, this is a fantastic issue. Right down to the beautiful print job – holding GDS #29 you almost get the feeling that you ought to have cotton gloves on, it’s just a wonderful finish.

And the cover by Mila Faranov is outstanding, presented beautifully by Morpheus Studios’ jacket design.

Inside it’s still great. To choose only a few favourite moments, there is Graham Nunn‘s Sentinel – where a found animal skull has “ants completing the delicate work” of cleaning it.

Oslo Davis‘ graphic novella is a perfect centrepiece, with especially effective use of perspective in the images and humour in the story of Walter, “an undercover, undercover ticket inspector [who] could be under investigation.”

And the humour continues with Simon Cox‘s Instructions for Bored Children on Long Car Trips which had me smiling ruefully with unpleasant memories.

Then you have the powerful contrasts elsewhere in the issue, where Jane’s To Do List by Ivy Alvarez is full of striking lines and a general feeling of threat and tension: “his eyes on my skin/two slugs silvering”.

It’s really nice to have a beautifully presented magazine paced well too, the running order and balance of the work inside is a testament to editors Klare Lanson & Lisa Greenaway – thanks for a great issue indeed.

Heaps more that I should mention in detail – but I’m running out of time today, so quickly; there are also great works by (among many others) Lorin Ford, (a delicate meditation on water) Matthew Hall (with a quartet of pieces dealing with light and memory) and Alec Patric‘s prose poem with its impressive construction and almost stream of conscious word choice.

Clearly, I recommend this issue – I feel quite honoured to be alongside the artists within!

A 3rd Helping of Haiku

This time it’s some of mine – you can find one of my haiku in Issue 2 of Notes from the Gean (and Issue 1 too actually)

And another in theAugust issue of World Haiku Review

I’m really happy to be in both of these publications – feels great to share the pages with such fine poets – if you jump over for a look you’ll see more work from Joseph Mueller, Lorin Ford, Graham Nunn, Rhonda Poholke and many others who I cannot recall right now…but have a look anyway!

Haiku from Issa’s Snail

Today I’m mirroring a post from kipple  – where I collected samples from some of the great poets contributing to the interactive renku site Issa’s Snail (see link to the right) I hope to present more soon!

two worn Oxfords
all that’s left of father
in the wardrobe

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a heron’s meal
interrupted by
a teenage jet-ski

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one strand
carries a spider
weightless

Joseph Mueller

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trying her name
ending with his –
the pen runs dry

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Christmas Eve –
stepping into
a stranger’s footprint

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heat haze
she runs up waving
a fan shell

Sandra Simpson

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rainforest –
should I listen to bellbirds
or the currawong?

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the stray tomcat
tries a kitten’s voice –
winter dusk

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winter fly –
my death poem
unwritten

Lorin Ford