A Summer Renga – completed

In February this year I posted that I joined eight poets at Karawatha State Forest (Brisbane) for a summer ginko (haiku walk) with the talented poet Graham Nunn.

Then from that time till mid April we worked on a renga (collaborative poem) using the following form: [SU = summer; A = autumn; W = winter; SP = spring; Misc. = non-seasonal references -- usually about people or feelings or places; Love]

It was a great experience working with these talented poets with a diversity of voices. It certainly unearthed me from my comfort zone of writing humorous poetry for children. It helped stretch me as a poet of haiku (I’m still very much a novice) and Graham’s advice was always invaluable. I learnt so much from this experience.

Now it has been completed, Graham has posted the links to each quarter of the renga on his blog, Another Lost Shark. Incase you haven’t checked out the completed renga, just follow the direct links below:

So drum roll please

Snake Renga – written by/between: David Stavanger, Andy Smerdon, Cindy Keong, Katherine Battersby, Graham Nunn, Chris Lynch, Trish Reid, John Wainwright, Helen Ross (me) and Andrew Phillips

Part 1:
http://anotherlostshark.com/2013/02/23/snake-weather-a-summer-renga/

Part 2:
http://anotherlostshark.com/2013/03/05/snake-weather-a-summer-renga-part-ii/

Part 3:
http://anotherlostshark.com/2013/03/26/snake-weather-a-summer-renga-part-iii/

Part 4
http://anotherlostshark.com/2013/04/18/snake-weather-a-summer-renga-part-iv/

As I was in Japan at the time that we were working on the final quarter, you will notice my Japanese inspired contribution (couldn’t help but be inspired by the beautiful cherry blossoms).

I think the renga has shaped up beautifully. And though I was always nervous when it was my turn to contribute, I still enjoyed the whole experience.

So thanks Graham, David, Andy, Cindy, Katherine, Chris, Trish, John and Andrew. You are all so inspirational.

xHelen

A Summer renga

If you love haiku, hope you’ve had a chance to check out the links to the haiku written by the nine poets who recently gathered at Karawatha State Forest. David Stavenger’s haiku, ‘snake weather’, was voted the most resonant poem by the group on the day.

Since this fabulous summer ginko (haiku walk) the poets have  been working on a renga (collaborative poem) using the following form: [SU = summer; A = autumn; W = winter; SP = spring; Misc. = non-seasonal references -- usually about people or feelings or places; Love]

Drum roll please…

Starting off with David’s haiku, here is the first quarter written by/between: David Stavanger, Andy Smerdon, Cindy Keong, Katherine Battersby, Chris Lynch, Trish Reid, John Wainwright, Helen Ross (me) and Andrew Phillips

Snake Weather, a Summer renga: Link at:

http://anotherlostshark.com/2013/02/23/snake-weather-a-summer-renga/

I think it has shaped up beautifully.

More haiku from Summer ginko

Here are some more poems from February’s Summer ginko – haiku walk – in Karawatha State Forest. The backdrop of the forest provided an inspirational few hours of haiku hosted by poet, Graham Nunn.

Please check out the wonderful haiku from poets Trish Reid, Katherine Battersby, Andrew Phillips, John Wainwright, Cindy Keong, David Stavanger, Andy Smerdon, Chris Lynch and moi.

Link at: http://www.queenslandpoetryfestival.com/
Photography courtesy of Andrew Phillips

And if you missed the first selection of our Summer ginko haiku, please click the following link for Graham’s web/blog:
http://anotherlostshark.com/2013/02/11/summer-ginko-karawatha-state-forest/
Photography courtesy of Cindy Keong.

A Summer gingko

Last Sunday, 10 February, I joined nine other poets in a wonderful ginko (haiku walk), hosted by the talented poet, Graham Nunn. Having spent a week or two in Melbourne dealing with legal stuff, it was a lovely way to unwind and just ‘be’ with the surrounds of Karawatha State Forest.

It was a great few hours bathing in the beauty of haiku, and of course the lovely weather. But I was glad to have brought my sunscreen. So after introductions (for those who didn’t know everyone), and a cup or two of Japanese green tea, each poet recited their favourite summer haiku. These recitations provided a great basis for an insightful chat about haiku (no counting syllables here).

Then we set off (taking the left path, the right path or just staying put for a while). It was a matter of finding a place to be still, to become one with the surroundings.

After an hour and a half (which consisted of some walking, observation, contemplation, and jottings of what we saw, felt, heard, sensed, touched, etc., we then regrouped and shared some of our jottings. From this we each set about composing two haiku. Graham provided wonderful guidance, helping us shape our creations.

So drum roll:

You will find a selection of these poems (one from each poet) posted on Graham’s ‘Another Lost Shark’ web/blog.

Here’s the link: http://wp.me/poBwH-2Dl Posted Monday 11 February.
OR
http://anotherlostshark.com/2013/02/11/summer-ginko-karawatha-state-forest/

Graham has also posted a selection of his own haiku from the Karawatha State Forest ginko. Posted on Tuesday 12 February.

Link at:

http://anotherlostshark.com/2013/02/12/nature-trail-a-haiku-sequence/

I will keep you updated with any other links.

2012 poetry challenges

There are so many people who loooove writing and reading poetry of all styles.

So thought I would just promote some blogs that I follow where the blogger/author/poet has created a 2012 poem writing challenge. These are in no particular order of importance – all are great.

Green Tea Haiku.

If you love Haiku please visit Green Tea Haiku.

Submissions for April are open now.

To find out submission details, and the topics for April and May, please visit:

http://haikupoetry.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/green-tea-haiku-march.pdf

Submissions can be emailed to jelli_beanzbooks@aol.com.au  Submissions close on the 28th of each month and issues will be available on the last day of each month.

Details of the online course ‘Mastering Haiku’ can be found at:   http://haikupoetry.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/green-tea-haiku-march.pdf

Haiku Haven created by John Malone

http://johnlmalone.wordpress.com/2012/04/01/haiku-haven/

John has created a Haiku Haven page on his blog. This is a haven for haiku lovers to post their haiku. No competitions here, just a place to rest your haiku – and comment if you wish.

As John states: A haven is a place of shelter, a refuge, and this is what this blog will be: an asylum for the little poems that get lost amongst the big ones and are anyway rarely read in the dominant world of prose.

John is building up quite a nice gallery of haiku

The Poetry Challenge

Corey Booth’s Friday Poetry Challenge.

http://clownponders.wordpress.com/the-poetry-challenge/

Every two weeks Corey will be holding a contest called “The Poetry Challenge” which will let anyone who wants to get involved show off their poem writing abilities.

On the Friday Corey will post a title or theme of which the contestants must base their poem on. Contestants must then post their poems or the link to their poems in the comment section below the post. On the following Friday Corey will choose his favourite three and then ask his WordPress followers to pick their favourite poem.

More information at:

http://clownponders.wordpress.com/the-poetry-challenge/

April’s Poem a Day Challenge – created by Robert Brewer

Poeming begins April 1 and runs through May 1 (to account for time differences in other parts of the world–and yes, poets all over the world participate).

The main purpose of the challenge is to write poems, but Robert will also choose his favourite poems of the month from poets who submit up to 5 poems by May 5 to his e-mail address (robert.brewer@fwmedia.com) with the subject line: My April PAD Submission. He will make selections by August 8, and they’ll be announced on his blog.

More info at:

http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/poetic-asides/2012-april-pad-challenge-guidelines

OR via his website http://robertleebrewer.blogspot.com.au/

No doubt there are oodles of other on-line poetry challenges out there, but these are a start. The first three are run by fellow Australian poets. There are some lovely poems published on these sites.

Haiku poetry online

Apart from the above blogs promoting other poets to ‘hang’ their poems on their blogs, there are of course many poets who publish their own beautiful haiku and other poetic styles on their sites.  Beautiful photographs accompany many of these. These are just a few poets

Graham Nunn’s blog:  http://anotherlostshark.com/

Poetry by Gabrielle Bryden

gabriellebryden.wordpress.com/category/poetry/

Poetry by Cynthia Louise and Dean J Baker http://lesplaisirssimplesdelavie.wordpress.com/

AND if you know of any more, feel free to add  in the comment section.

But before you go – OPEN MIC SECTION IN BRISBANE

If you live in Brisbane or nearby regions, you might want to share your poems with an appreciative audience at the monthly Speedpoets event. I have been there, and the audience is very supportive towards fellow poets. A great atmosphere.

More details at:

http://speedpoets.com/

I hope you are having an inspirational 2012.

My Haiku is published in March edition of Green Tea Haiku

I looooove Haiku.  So I happy to write that my haiku, ‘Schools In’ has been selected for Green Tea Haiku’s March edition.

Direct link:

http://haikupoetry.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/green-tea-haiku-march.pdf

If you love Haiku please visit Green Tea Haiku.

Submissions for April are open now.

To find out the topics for April and May, please visit:

http://haikupoetry.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/green-tea-haiku-march.pdf

Submissions can be emailed to jelli_beanzbooks@aol.com.au  Submissions close on the 28th of each month and issues will be available on the last day of each month.

Haiku published in January and February can be viewed via:

http://haikupoetry.wordpress.com/green-tea-haiku/

Details of the online course ‘Mastering Haiku’ can be found at:   http://haikupoetry.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/green-tea-haiku-march.pdf

Next course commences Fri 20 April 2012.