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Book of the Week: The First Australian Haiku Anthology



Our Book of the Week from The Haiku Foundation Digital Library is The First Australian Haiku Anthology, edited by Janice Bostok and John Bird. This book was the first in what has become a substantial shelf of Australian haiku anthologies.
Personally, I love haiku that take me to Australia’s unique local colour, character, flora, and fauna, like these below:


the squirrel glider
floats amongst the eucalypts
the moon in its eye
-Brett Dionysus

Across the bay
a flashing grey chain –
-Amelia Fielden


old ute
a bow legged Blue
master of the tray
-Jacqui Murray


family album
no-one left to name
these grave faces
-Lynn Reeves

You can read the entire book in the THF Digital Library.

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Haiku featured in the Book of the Week Archive are selected by THF Digital Librarian Garry Eaton, and are used with permission

This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. Thanks for this, Garry. It’s good to know this beginning of on-line haiku in Australia and planned prelude to John Bird’s initiation of HaikuOz is archived at THF.

  2. Is there a way to get a couple copies of this anthology? I mean besides going to Australia. Is it available on Amazon for instance?

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