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"I will take small poems until Saturday, September 15th about the sea and/or thieves/thievery.
As I have with other projects, I will take up to 5, and I’ll at least
take one. I reserve the right to ask you to try again if nothing really
catches my eye, but don’t take it as a brushoff; that really does mean
Theme/What to write about: The sea and/or thieves/thievery.
What form: Haiku, senryu, tanka, kyoka, gogyōka,
renku, haibun, haiga (doodles most welcome!), small stones, short poems
(up to 10 lines), etc. As is art!
How many: As many as you want! I will take as many as 5 and no less than 1.
When: Send them in by Saturday, September 15th
(I will wait until the whole world has reached the 15th); I will post a
PDF on this blog on September 19th (or as some know it, International
Talk Like a Pirate Day).
Where to send: Email to aubriecox [at] gmail [dot] com - put “EVERY ROAD TAKES ME TO THE SEA” in the subject line, if you please."
This must be the month for me entering kukai contests. First it was the Caribbean Kigo Kukai, which I've just done the voting for. Next the Sketchbook Kukai, which I also did for the first time this month. And now Chrissi's Haiku My Photo Challenge, which I judged earlier this year, is back for round two in kukai form!
You'll find all the information your need to enter here. I hope you'll come and join me! :)
I'm writing a haiku-a-day for the special 31 Different NaHaiWriMo Promters for August 2012. This I'm thoroughly enjoying. I haven't participated through the NaHaiWriMo Community Facebook page since my writing buddy Cara Holman was a guest prompter back in May 2011. It's great connecting up with lots of new-to-me haiku writers, seeing how others approach each day's prompt, and it's keeping my haiku mind active! If you're not on Facebook then feel free to follow along with me here, posting your haiku for the prompts in the comments section of the relevant day.
Two of my photo haiga have been featured on Kathy Nguyen's August Blog Bash 2012, with commentary. See the August 13th post and write-up here. Kathy is hosting writers and artists of all kinds this month at her Live Journal Origami Lotus Poetry. I believe there are still places left, so check out how you could be involved here. All participants receive a free gift for taking part, as well as going into the draw to win the Snapshot Press 2013 Haiku Calendar.
I entered my first kukai contests this month: Caribbean Kigo Kukai and Sketchbook Kukai. I've been wanting to do this for some time, and finally got myself organised to give it a go. If kukai is new to you, then take a look at this article by Cara Holamn, written especially for Swimming in Lines of Haiku in 2009. It will give you all the links and info you need to get started.
I'm currently writing rengay and tanka sequences with two of my American contemporaries. The tanka sequences are new for me and I'm revealing in working more closely with this form, and exploring writing tanka on different topics. Who knows where it will lead...
And the best reason that August is a big month for me... I will finally finish my maintenance treatment for leukaemia! :) I've almost reached the end of two long years, and I'm still in remission. Yes! Thanks to everyone who has supported me along the way. It's been a tough ride at times, and all the poetry has kept me going. I hope you enjoy your August!
August 2012 - Kirsten's Calendar of Haiku & Photography
Above is the August page of the calendar I made for my family. The photo was taken at about this time of year (almost spring!) from Papamoa Beach, looking towards Mt Maunganui, in 2009. The haiku has appeared in a few different forms in a few different places. The closest version to the above was published in the
taste of nashi: New Zealand Haiku. (Click on image to enlarge.)
We are thrilled to announce that submissions are open for DailyHaiku's fourteenth publishing cycle! This represents the end of our seventh year of publishing as an online daily periodical.
now invite you to submit some of your best work for consideration. Your
submission, if selected, will grant you one of six spots on our roster
of Cycle 14 contributors. It will also become your first set of haiku
that will appear on the site. At the end of the 6 month publishing
period, each contributor will have four weeks of published haiku, and
will receive a copy of our yearly print addition that features their
This year Owen Bullock started his own e-newsletter called The
Greensplat Newsletter to keep those he has worked with in the poetry
world in touch with what he's up to with his workshops, mentoring and other events. In his first issue he showcased one of my tanka, and I wrote a
bit about his involvement in my poetry career:
It's a pleasure
for any teacher to see a Former Student go on to enjoy success and
publication. One such name that
makes me glow with pride is Kirsten Cliff. She has kindly allowed me
to re-print one of her tanka
and a few comments which she sent me:
my drug regime
I tell them
they may see
Cliff (first published in paper wasp 17:3)
certainly played an instrumental part in my developing as a poet:
being the first to say my haiku was good and that I should submit to
Kokako, then teaching me through the Waiariki course and again recommending I seek publication for some of my poems, right through
to your tanka workshop with the Papamoa Poets group, which got me
firmly on the tanka trail." Kirsten
Kirsten is now
one of New Zealand's most frequently published poets in the genres of
haiku and tanka, appearing
in a range of journals internationally. Her work was anthologised in
the taste of nashi - New
I'm now pleased
to tell you about his newest haiku collection, breakfast
at the trouser leg
New Year's Day
“Reading breakfast with epiphanies reminds us again why Owen
Bullock is one of New Zealand’s most accomplished haiku poets. Owen’s haiku
makes its impact quickly with a minimum of words. The haiku enter our minds the
way experience of the physical world does, through our senses. In each of his
finely-crafted poems, he directs our attention to specific moments, helps us to
celebrate them and to let them go. Owen’s finely honed haiku explore a range of
ideas, from the self, to his innermost thoughts about relationships, to his
delight in nature.”
Prime, Co-editor of Kokako
log split a moth flies out
Owen Bullock began writing haiku in 1999 and since then his work
has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, such as Presence,
The Heron's Nest, Magnapoets, Red Moon, etc, in seven countries.
This is his second collection of haiku, following wild camomile
(Post Pressed, Australia, 2009). He also publishes tanka, haibun and
renga, as well as longer forms of poetry, and fiction. Owen has been
an editor of Spin, Kokako, Bravadoand Poetry NZ,
and was one of the editors of Take Five: Best
Contemporary Tanka, Volume IV.
Copies of Owen Bullock's new collection of haiku, breakfast
with epiphanies, can be purchased direct from him by
cheque to: 890 State Highway 2, RD1, Katikati 3177, priced NZ$20
(plus $2 p&p; $4 outside NZ). Or email him
to arrange a direct transfer. Find out more at: http://www.owenbullock.com/