February, 2013

A Journal for Linking Poets  


Dear kukai friends,
I want to inform you, with heavy heart and deep regret, that our kukai secretary and web-master, Robert Bauer, passed away this morning. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.  He will be sorely missed. Thanks very much to all of you for the support and encouragement I'm sure you have given him over the years in the Shiki Kukai. best wishes and regards,  George Hawkins


George Hawkins

John Stevenson

Penny Harter

Robin Gill

Claudia Brefeld

Yoshiko McFarland

Jan Foster

Introduction to Elemental Moods by
Carmel Summers

marlene mountain's solstice greeting

A report of Edward Baranosky’s art exhibit in November in Toronto:


The 1st “aha” (Annual Hortensia Anderson)
Memorial Haiku Awards Competition 2013


Irish Haiku Society Haiku Competition 2012

Polish International Haiku Competition 2012

The 7th International Tanka Festival Competition, 2012



The Ghazal Page

Road Runner


Notes from the Gean 



HAIKU NORTH AMERICA 2013 August 14-18, 2013


We regret to inform our Heron's Nest readers that Associate Editor Robert Bauer passed away this morning at home in Big Wheeling, West Virginia. Bob was a frequent contributing poet before joining the editorial staff of The Heron's Nest in 2010 as Web Editor. The haiku community will also remember him as co-secretary of the Shiki Monthly Kukai.
A favorite poem by Robert Bauer:

chill wind -
the heart of an oak
leaves the chimney

The Heron's Nest Volume VIII, Number 1
Bob will be mourned and deeply missed by a large and loving family and his many friends, including at The Heron's Nest. Sincerely, John Stevenson

Dear friends, I woke to this morning's blessing, a poem of mine posted so beautifully by the editor it takes my breath away. Her words honor me, and the photographs she found to accompany the piece are stunning. I sent the photo of the bowl, but she found the galaxy and bee hive. . . Feel free to send this on if you know of anyone who might be interested. Hope you enjoy it!
Love, Penny Harter


Robin! just found this in my mail. I do hope you had a good holiday! Loved your photo! What are you doing besides listening the radio and writing rhyme?  jr
More info w snake year message later, but since u ask, i will spend the next half year on second-time selection and typing in + settling on orthography and arrangement of about 20thousand kyouka to end up with the most interesting 10,000 for one  book (for broad perspective/reference), best 1,000 for another book(good read/bestseller) and 100 most satisfying for repeated reading without any lead or caption (kyouka are as often captioned as not) for a oneachundredpoets = all will be in jpse only w modern orthography and choice of kanji kana for easiest reading except where the old is needed for the pun as in the fire/flame in omohi. Then i think i;ll need another half year to improve the arrangement, question experts and amateurs for different reasons about specific poems where either i am unsure or i am unsure id they are unsure about the meaning/s and then explain the poems as little as necessary. Already pent average 14 hrs/day for over a yr on reading=research (this after Mad In Translation was written based only on the smallest of three large series/sources) so it is a big investment but worth it, for i am sure millions of Japanese will benefit from what amounts to a big infusion of the courage and wit that all classes once shared.  By the way, to work more intensively, i do not even have a TV, so radio matters more to me than to most people. Luckily there are not many shows that can hold my attention! Robin Gill

Liebe Haiku-Freundinnen und -Freunde, friedliche und lichtvolle Festtage und viel Energie für neue Kreativität in 2013 … ein kommendes Jahr mit wertvollen Momenten, die den Alltag bereichern… Gesundheit und Zufriedenheit! Dies wünscht mit lieben Grüßen. Claudia (Brefeld)
Dear haiku friends, peaceful and light-filled Christmas and a lot of energy for new creativity in 2013 …a new year with precious moments, which enrich the everyday life … Health and happiness! So I wish you with kind regards, Claudia (Brefeld)
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Happy Holidays!

 I put the Earth Language (EL) annual mail in the EL website (below link) this year, since it became a little longer with an essay related to spirits and our bodies, besides a haiku and its pictograph by hoo and shortly about my 2012 and a plan of next year. I hope you’ll enjoy it, when you have time.
Wishing the year 2013 will bring you a new nice thing. Best & Warm, Yoshiko McFarland

Dear Jane and Werner,We are five Australian tanka poets - Anne Benjamin, Marilyn Humbert, Amelia Fielden, Keitha Keyes and Jan Foster - who have collaborated to explore the boundaries of responsive tanka. What we have produced just now is a responsive sequence of haibun, the haiku in each piece linking and shifting to form a tan renga, each (with the exception of the opening and closing verse lines) containing its own prose. The closing verse lines then link back to the opening haiku, expressing the uniquely Ausstralian ANZAC tradition, where each November we celebrate the memory of our soldiers fallen in combat.
The overall purpose was to encapsulate the vast differences in life in our island continent of Australia, the essence of the title. We are a nation of earth, fire, water, air and exploration and this was the basis of our writing. We first submitted this to A Hundred Gourds, but Willie Sorlien advised us that regretfully it was too large and experimental for their purposes and advised us to try you at Ahapoetry. When I read Werner's words, as quoted by David Rice in Wind Five-Folded, lesson nine, that 'There seems to be a lot of territory open to writers willing to explore a narrative interwoven with tanka', I suggested to the team that we try submitting this work of ours to you for your consideration. Whether or not you can use it, any advice you could give us would be most gratefully received. regards,  Jan Foster, on behalf of the team.

This submission arrived as a perfect book. I regretted having to pull it apart to make it fit in the magazine but I would like to bring here the Introduction and biographies of the authors. Look for the poetry work in the Collaborative Poetry section, near the end of the file. It is well worth reading and studying.  jr

Introduction to Elemental Moods

A renga is a collaborative poem of linked elements, written by two or more poets. Renga was one of the most important literary elements in premodern Japan, with the earliest examples found in the man'yōshū, which was compiled during the Nara period, around 759AD. Western literature has extended the form to include linked verse of other types, including sonnets, but most have continued to be centred around haiku.

Elemental Moods is a haibun renga, where each haibun was written as a response to the preceding haibun or haiku; the result is not a continuum, but 21 pieces that each reflect both the personal space and place of the poets with the added dimensionality of each poet's interaction with the others' work. The poetry is set in Australia, America, Israel, Palestine and Japan. It deals with personal responses to images and situations life, death, illness, achievement, nature, sadness, fear, happiness all of which contribute to the theme of the title. One of the most striking qualities of this collection is the honesty of the writing; truths that strike a chord with the reader. The result is a work that is larger than its parts.

Elemental Moods is an invitation to step inside the lives of five talented poets. There are images that resonate and pieces that the readers will want to revisit and enjoy. I recommend this book to the reader.

Carmel Summers

Biographical Notes to Elemental Moods:

Anne Benjamin writes poetry, short stories and longer works. Her tanka and tanka prose have been published in journals in Australia, Canada, Japan, UK, USA and New Zealand. While she lives in Western Sydney, her strong ties with India are often reflected in her writing.

Amelia Fielden is an Australian professional translator of Japanese literature, and an enthusiastic writer of Japanese short form poetry. She divides her time between homes in Canberra and the coast north of Sydney, family in Seattle, and the 'country of her passion', Japan. Amelia has had 17 books of her translations published, plus 6 collections of her own poetry, and 4 books of responsive tanka written with other Australian poets.

Jan Foster lives in Geelong, Victoria. She has won prizes for her short stories, memoir, articles and traditional rhymed poetry, but her real love is tanka and tanka prose. She is founder of Bottlebrush Tanka Group in Sydney and of Breathstream Tanka Poets in Geelong.

Marilyn Humbert lives in the Northern Suburbs of Sydney NSW surrounded by bush. Her pastimes include writing free verse poetry, tanka and tanka prose. She is a member of two tanka groups, Bottlebrush and Huddle.

Keitha Keyes has spent most of her life in Sydney but her heart is still in the Australian bush where she grew up. While she has dabbled in free verse she is now addicted to tanka and related genres, revelling in the friendship and generosity of this writing community.


ed s 3 in a boat

Three Against the Sea by Edward Baranosky

A report of Edward Baranosky’s art exhibit in November in Toronto:
Tuesday's Vernissage :
We finished hanging, and we were cleaning-up within a minute of 2 PM. It did look daunting until we started. Holly and I both had Chinese scrolls, fairly large, about 24X60 inches, we hung on either side of the entrance, giving the space a "grand-hall" appearance. Then we began with the wall opposite the entrance. The ceiling is easily 69 feet, with track lighting, halogen, suspended at 20 feet. People started arriving at 2:01, mostly friends and friends of friends, a dozen or fifteen, half of whom seemed X-patriot Americans; highly educated, functioning, mostly writers and poets (including George Featherling, who writes as a journalist for several publications); and of course a number of painters. The works did dovetail together nicely, like a huge jigsaw puzzle, which unified image we were just discovering for the first time. The gallery is open all-day Wednesday, when we do some fine-tuning, price=checks, There were two I hadn't finished, but we ended with maybe a quarter of the work to return.The manager thought we had too many, but that was intentional, so we could see what really fit-in. It took four hours to hang about fifty large scale works, up to and over 4X5 feet, down to 3X4 inches, my minis. I figured if I couldn't catch a whale, even a minnow would do, or at least a trout, or sun-fish. So we finished exhausted and went to a local cafe-bakery
with a few "customers" to catch up on the state of artists and writers in Canada and abroad. Having rained for a few days, and predicted to rain a few more, Tuesday was a bright cool day with autumn leaves in full-colour. Not a bad beginning. Wednesday promises to be a warmer day, about 20 Centigrade, with periodic thunderstorms. I'll have a few hooks in the water, and perhaps a net, too. We have a guitarist I traded a painting with to play during the formal opening.   Right now we're on an island of time.Ed


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The 1st “aha” (Annual Hortensia Anderson)
Memorial Haiku Awards Competition 2013
This Memorial Haiku Competition is to honor the memory of a well known and respected New York based haiku poet, Hortensia Anderson. Results will be announced on the 21 of May, 2013
. . . one year to the date of her passing.
Deadline: in-hand no later than 1 April, 2013.
Sponsor: Haiku Oregon
Coordinator: Marianna Monaco, HKO Secretary/Treasurer
Adjudication: Names of the two judges will be announced concurrently with the winners.
Eligibility: Open to the public and including all Haiku Oregon and chapter members, except the contest coordinator and judges.
Awards: First Place = $100, Second Place = $50; Third Place = $25, HM = $10, plus Award Certificates will be issued, and winning works will be published online at Haiku Oregon’s website, Haiku Oregon’s facebook page, as well as other places online and in print. All rights remain with the haiku poets.
Submittals: Entries must be the original work of the author, be unpublished and never posted publically anywhere, and not under consideration elsewhere for the entire time period it takes to complete the judging. This contest is un-themed, open to all age groups worldwide, any season is acceptable, and there is no specific syllable or line count requirement.
Entry Fee: $2 per haiku, and no limit to the number of entries per person.
Guidelines: Please print or type each individual poem in English on three separate 3 inch x 5 inch index cards. In the upper left corner of one card only, print or type your name, address, and email. ONLY the winners will be notified and ONLY via email, (and if you have no email address available, (please provide a proxy email address.) If you do not hear anything back from us by 20 May, 2013, your entries are automatically free to submit elsewhere. Entries that do not follow these guidelines will not be considered, so please read very carefully.
Payment: Please include the entry fee with your submissions, in US currency, (cash at your own risk), check, or money order, made payable to Marianna Monaco, and mailed to 1487 West 24th Place, Eugene, Oregon 97405 USA.
Notification: Winners’ will be announced on 21 May, 2013 –the first year anniversary of Hortensia’s passing.


Dear All,
The results of the Irish Haiku Society Haiku Competition 2012 have just been announced here:
This year we had 262 poems by writers representing 13 countries/territories. For the first time a poet from the USA wins the competition. We thank all the participants and the competition Administrator. And our sincere congratulations go to the winners! 
Check out the winning poems, they are worth it.
Irish Haiku Society

I'm really happy to announce that the second edition of Polish International Haiku Competition has come to a successful end.
Here are the results: (in Polish)
I hope you'll enjoy the winning poems. Warm regards, Rafał Zabratyński


The 7th International Tanka Festival Competition, 2012
By Japan Tanka Poets’ Society

There were 589 entries from all over the world for the above mentioned Tanka Competition. The judges are Jane Reichhold (U. S. A.), Beverley George (Australia), Yasuhiro Kawamura (Japan), and Aya Yuhki (Japan).
The results are as follows:
Certificate of Merit by the Japan Tanka Poets’ Society

     who knew that
an envelope of poems
could hold so much? ―
little boats, little hopes
sent out into the world                   by Joyce Wong (Canada)

Certificate of Merit by the Japan Times Co. Ltd.

often I’ve heard
wise old men declare
a gladness
to depart this life―
can it be they lie?
                                        by Michael McClintock (U. S. A.)

Certificate of Merit by the 7th International Tanka Festival Committee

     the news
when it came
shattered my day
a thousand scrambled pixels
to replace your missing face                  by Margaret L Grace (Australia)

Certificate of Merit by the Tankake nkyusha Ltd.

         part of me
knew they’d come
high clouds
darkening summer sunlight
 and your chest x-ray                         by Michele L. Harvey (U. S. A.)

Certificate of Merit by the Kadokawa Gakugei Shuppan Publishing Co. Ltd.

         Just a shooting star
disappears into nowhere
at our old window―
alone in this night in which
we could have talked about light            by Eduard Tara (Romania)

Certificate of Merit by the Honamishoten Corp.

a fault line in the bay
a sea star
one small splice
in this fractured world                by Lesley Anne Swanson  (U. S. A.)

Certificate of Merit by the Nagaramishobo Corp.

aged laughter
from three stooped women
fills the cloisters
in the Hospice garden
trees bow down with ripened fruit            by Anne Benjamin (Australia)

Certificate of Merit by the Tankagendai Corp.

nine autumns past
first trip to my homeland…
now in Taipei
drinking alone in moonlight
I still long for Taipei                   by Chen-ou Liu (Canada)

Certificate of Merit by the Irinosya Corp.

eight chicks
of Nipponia Nippon
hatch in the wild
so in Fukushima                  by Fusako Kitamura (Japan)

Certificate of Merit by Jane Reichhold

This trailer park,
with its throng of misfitting wrecks,
my mind―
will it lilac-free itself
will it daisy-poeticize              by Spiros Zafiris (Canada)

Certificate of Merit by Beverley George

I climb through
sunlight and alder woods
to find him
sleeping among blueberries
a dragon built of stones            by Kirsty Karkow  (U. S. A.)

Certificate of Merit by Yasuhiro Kawamura

     Seasons are out of order―
cherry and plum flowers
blossom side by side
behind the bright colors
hides a piece of loneliness            by Chiau-Shin NGO (Taiwan)

Certificate of Merit by Aya Yuhki

     sudden crack
as a bunya pine cone
splits open―
no way to prepare
for that kind of news                       by David Terelinck (Australia)


Here follow entries judged as excellent

i carry
borrowed moonlight
into the house…
only a translucent memory
of myself exists
   Pamela A. Babusci (U. S. A.)

this morning
pale white light shines
through the window
it’s snowing again
and mother is gone
     Margaret Chula (U. S. A.)

all my plans
come to nothing
but in the garden
of my mother’s home
the cherry tree still blooms
     Doreen King (England)

lately, these dreams
of the cheetah, pacing
back and forth
behind clouded glass
longing for open grasslands 
Carole Macrury (U. S. A.)

ah, yes
now I remember
a long dry journey
over uneven ground
     Susan Mary Wade (England)

the rains came
and from that day on
throughout a lifetime
of floods and bridges
an’ya (U. S. A.)

those wild violets
you’d nurtured for me
bloomed brilliantly
in the early spring
our friendship died
     Amelia Fielden (Australia)

as dawn breaks
the song of a blackbird
in the silver birch
irritates the stark quiet
over the sleeping houses
     Patricia Prime (New Zealand)

little flags
planted in their neat rows
Father’s Day
he scatters white poppies
across his son’s grave
       Maxianne Berger (Canada)

my father died without
talking about his experience
as a soldier and
I have admired him for
his stubborn silence
     Yukiko Inoue-Smith (Guam)

Caw, caw the crows
looking down and ‘round
looking back to the nest
sometimes threatening
foot passengers around
     Seiho Hayashi (Japan)

Reflections on the lake―
now sparkling with happiness
now solemn and still―
you mirror my consciousness of
this evanescent world
     Rex Andrews (France)

A covey of ducks
alight on lake’s surface
diving for fish
take off with a flurry of wings―
drone of a distant plane
     Beatrice Yell (Australia)

my Christmas wish:
sleeping in each other’s arms
one of us forgets or dies
or the planet pops off
     Janick Belleau (Canada)

no abacus
for the task
where the mists part
I begin counting stars
     Brian Zimmer (U. S. A.)

my pen lays idle
I sip tea
and watch buzzing bees
busy collecting pollen
     Marilyn Humbert (Australia)

so many dreams
end up this way
on my knees
I gather buds
that will never bloom
     Paul smith (England)

fire and water
good servants
as well as
bad masters
two sides of a coin
     Radhey Shram (India)

crushed―just to allay
my child’s fears
each life
a tally of worries
     Allen Reichert (U. S. A.)

writing my way back
to your heart
I follow a trail
of cherry blossoms
          André Surridge (New Zealand)


   The following Tanka Poets’ work have been judged as Fine.
 Julie Thorndyke (Australia)            
     Yom Tanker (Japan)                     Ed Baranosky (Canada)
     Kathy Kituai (Australia)                 Jan Dean (Australia)
     Alegria Imperial (Canada)               Oprica Padeanu (Romania)
     Susan Constable (Canada)               Machiko Kobayashi (Japan)
     Tracy Davidson (England)                Luminita Suse (Canada)
     Dawn Bruce (Australia)                  Choko Ishigaki (Hawaii)   
Earl R. Keener (U. S. A.)                 Jan Foster (Australia)
Kurt F. Svatek (Austria)    Zeliko Funda (Croatia)
Carol Peace-Worthington  (U. S. A.)       Kenneth James Sheerin (Australia) 


The following Tanka Poets’ work have been judged as encouraging

Dy Andreasen  (Australia)                 Helen E. Herr (Canada) 
Ikuko Kawamura (Japan)                  Sonam Chhoki (Kingdom of Bhuta)
Mitsue Yamaguchi (Japan)                 Alex McKeown (Australia)
Fran Whitham (U. S. A.)                   Janet Lynn Davis (U. S. A.)                
Cynthia Rowe (Australia)                  Jenny Ward Angy  (U. S. A.)
Shyamalee Mahibalan (Singapore)          Yvonne Adami (Australia)
Frans Terryn (Belgium)                    Fumiko Tanihara (Japan)
Pinyarat Jindaratsamee  (Thailand)        Gilbert Joseph Perry (Hawaii)
Corinne Lowrey  (Canada)                 Barbara Strang (New Zealand)
Chitetsu Hasegawa (Japan)                 Michael Boiano (Thailand)                            




Friends, The issue presenting the results of the ekphrastic issue is online now. You may go to it through the main page or with this link:
There is a new feature linked to the main page, Editor's Notes, which will provide notes on various topics related to The Ghazal Page. The direct link is:
As announced earlier, The Ghazal Page will continue in 2013. A new submission policy may be found at
It provides for specific two week submission periods for each of four issues a year. There will be some special issues as well. Once again, thank you for your interest. i All the best,  Gene Doty


Liebe Haiku-Freunde, dear haiku-friends, die Monatsbeiträge November 2012 sind online > haiku-art … haiku and haiga of the month November are online: haiga   -  Dorota Pyra /haiku  -  Michael Mintel. Haiku-Grüße ...Kind regards ... Ramona Linke, Nußbaumweg 5 - 06198 Salzatal / Beesenstedt 

The December issue of Notes from the Gean monthly haiku journal is up and is receiving good feedback.
Submissions are now open for the January issue. All subs all genres to geaneditor[@]gmail[.]com
Please consult our submissions page for more details. We will on occasion be publishing special literary/academic review supplements. We accept original scholarly essays, articles, reviews and commentaries. For essays please include footnotes and a complete bibliography. 
Gean Tree Press is pleased to announce that as part of our mission to "hear your voices speak" we already have four guests who have signed up for one month slots to write for our blog: Haiku Matters
Our blog is now part of Networked Blogs and the feeds will be syndicated to Facebook and Twitter from where you can easily follow them.
The guest slots for April and June 2013 onwards are still available. If you fancy guesting for a month please send me a proposal to geaneditor[@]gmail[.]com detailing your ideas for the blog and which month you would prefer.
Calling all artists! Notes from the Gean monthly haiku journal would love to feature your work on our covers. The page size is B4 (JIS) 25.7cm x 36.4cm.
Landscape images work best and they MUST be 150 dpi and can be no wider than 21cm and have no border. The software I have uses vector graphics so I can resize to a smaller image if needed. But upscaling does not work too well so larger images are best. Please remember to include your signature in the piece. Please consider room for the header and publication date. I need only images and not haiga for the cover and I will take care of cover layout myself. please send any artwork to geaneditor[@]gmail[.]com. Colin Stewart Jones


Happy holidays! Wanted to let you know that issue 12.3 of R'r (Roadrunner) is now up on our website. (click on the cover) For a downloadable PDF of the issue, please visit our blog. content:scorpion prize 27 by Craig Dworkin (author of Reading the Illegible, No Medium, Against Expression [with Kenneth Goldsmith], and The Sound of Poetry/ The Poetry of Sound [with Marjorie Perloff]), 70+ new poems, Part I of an interview with Makoto Ueda (translator of Bashō and His Interpreters, Dew on the Grass: The Life and Poetry of Kobayashi Issa, Far Beyond the Field: Haiku by Japanese Women, Modern Japanese Haiku: an anthology, among many others)
MASKS 4 contains 3 essays by Jack Galmitz on the work of Robert Boldman, Richard Gilbert, & Mark Harris & the announcement of a new section in R’r: homelandSubmissions for R'r 13.1, and homeland (volume 1: transformation) are due by April 1, 2013:  Submissions for MASKS 5 are also due by April 1, 2013:  See this latest issue, our website, and/or blog for more details.  best to you in 2013! Scott Metz



HAIKU NORTH AMERICA 2013 August 14-18, 2013
On board the Queen Mary in Long Beach CA

The official Haiku North America Website has now been updated with information/forms for: HNA 2013 Conference Rates and Registration Form (again this year, the full conference fee is held to $199)

Just click each link above to access all the information.
We hope you can join us for what promises to be another great Haiku North America Conference. See you in Long Beach on board the Queen Mary! Best regards,  Deborah P Kolodji and Naia HNA 2013 Conference Co-chairs










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