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Meetings and Other Gatherings / Haiku Down Under call for proposals
« on: February 01, 2022, 04:37:46 PM »
Haiku Down Under, taking place online from October 7-9, is seeking proposals for workshops and presentations. The deadline for making a proposal is 5pm (your time) on March 31. Full details from the website:

Meetings and Other Gatherings / Haiku Down Under 2022
« on: December 15, 2021, 04:05:38 PM »
A new haiku gathering that will take place online from October 7-9, 2022. Details at the Haiku Down Under website:
A call for proposals for workshops and presentations will be made early in 2022.

Contests and Awards / Katikati Haiku Contest 2021 winners
« on: October 05, 2021, 03:45:39 PM »
Congratulations to all the winning poets - and thanks to everyone who entered. Please go to this website to read the list of winners and judge's comments.

Contests and Awards / Katikati Haiku Contest - CLOSED
« on: August 19, 2021, 04:36:55 PM »
Free to enter this year to mark the Katikati Haiku Pathway's 21st birthday! Closes September 19
Details here:

Other Haiku News / Vale Andre Surridge, 1951-2019
« on: December 26, 2019, 05:37:50 PM »
It is with regret that I inform you that New Zealand haiku and tanka poet Andre Surridge passed away on December 23.

A tribute page to him may be found here:

Journal Announcements / New Zealand Haiku Anthology
« on: March 09, 2019, 11:37:37 PM »
number eight wire: the fourth New Zealand haiku anthology is now available. A survey of the decade 2008-18, it features 330 poems by 70 poets of all ages. The 150-page perfect bound book is available only through the editors (ie, it's not being listed on Amazon).

Please go to this webpage for full price and ordering details:

Contests and Awards / NZ Poetry Society International Haiku Contest
« on: March 29, 2017, 03:50:33 PM »
Hi all,

This contest has opened somewhat late this year, but details are now available here:

Good luck to all contestants (the contest is judged 'blind').


Other Haiku News / New Haiku NewZ website
« on: December 20, 2016, 02:40:42 AM »
Haiku NewZ, and its parent the New Zealand Poetry Society, have moved to a new website which has a fresh look.

Find Haiku Happenings here:

To access and navigate the rest of the pages, hover your mouse over Affiliates in the top menu. A drop-down tab will appear that says Haiku New Zealand. Point your mouse at this tab and a drop-down menu with all the page names appears to the right.

All the previous content is available, although some of the groupings are now slightly different.

Please let me know if you have any queries or difficulties using the pages.

- Sandra Simpson
Haiku NewZ editor
nzhaiku [at] gmail [dot] com

Contests and Awards / Results of the 2016 Katikati Haiku Contest
« on: November 15, 2016, 04:46:24 PM »
The organisers of this year's Katikati Haiku Contest are pleased to announce: 

autumn moon
eclipsed for a moment
migrating geese

- Tracy Davidson, UK, First

clear sky
a refugee kisses
the café window

- Cynthia Rowe, Australia, Second

autumn garden
 my thoughts
a deeper green

- Scott Mason, US, Third

Highly Commended: Andre Surridge (Hamilton, NZ), Scott Mason, Robert Alcock (Spain) and Elaine Riddell (Hamilton, NZ).

Commended: Cynthia Rowe, Catherine Bullock (Waihi, NZ), Joanne Watcyn-Jones (Australia), Elaine Riddell, Jan Dobb (Australia) and Ernest J Berry (Blenheim).

The award for the Best Local Haiku went to:

pruning -
I leave the twig
with the ladybird

- Catherine Bullock

There were 360 haiku entered from 8 countries. The organisers would like to thank all those who entered for supporting the pathway project and Katikati-based King's Seeds for sponsoring the cash prizes.

Read the judge's comments on the first three haiku at:

- Sandra Simpson
Katikati Haiku Pathway Focus Committee

Other Haiku News / Carlos Colón: In his own words
« on: November 10, 2016, 03:12:42 PM »
The page about the passing of Carlos has moved off the THF home page and as I didn't add the link until just before it disappeared, I thought I would repost it here.

Last year, by accident(!), Carlos sent me a selection of his favourites among the haiku he had written with a few notes about each. I remembered it a few days after receiving word of his death and have now posted the piece on my blog. You can read it here:

- Sandra Simpson

Contests and Awards / Less than a week ...
« on: October 25, 2016, 07:12:12 PM »
Hi everyone,

A friendly reminder that it's less than a week until the Katikati Haiku Contest closes on October 31- full details here:

You can enter by email using PayPal for the entry fee.

Good luck to all entrants,

Contests and Awards / Less than a month ...
« on: October 02, 2016, 10:39:00 PM »
Hi everyone,

A friendly reminder that it's less than a month to go until the Katikati Haiku Contest closes on October 31- full details here:

Good luck to all entrants,

Contests and Awards / Katikati Haiku Contest
« on: August 01, 2016, 04:49:38 PM »
Entries are open for the biennial Katikati Haiku Contest - first prize is $NZ100, second $NZ50 and third $NZ25. Closing date is October 31.

Details of the contest may be found here:

Entrants from outside New Zealand may enter using PayPal and winners will receive their prize through PayPal.

Good luck everyone!

Other Haiku News / John O'Connor 1949-2015
« on: May 17, 2015, 10:42:56 PM »
It is with regret that I share the sad news that John O'Connor died suddenly at his home in Christchurch, New Zealand, on May 12.

To read a little about John's life and work, please go here:

He was an outstanding haiku poet.

Best wishes,
Sandra Simpson

In-Depth Haiku: Free Discussion Area / POV in renku
« on: April 29, 2015, 12:17:56 AM »
Discussion from The Renku Sessions: Junicho verse #12 (April 2015) I thought it was an interesting accumulation of knowledge and ideas and was worth sharing more widely - Sandra Simpson

Christopher Patchel:

I’m curious now about narration and renku. Anyone know of any online articles/discussions about POV norms in renku?

Paul MacNeil in reply:

Hi Chris, I do not have any renku quotes direct to hand. But, from what I’ve been taught a lot of variety in point of view is desired in renku. Speaking of kasen length now, Bill Higginson’s reliance on the teaching of the late Master Higashi (inventor of the 20-verse renku) indicated to vary person, place, thing, or other… on no pattern of the variance. Bill and Tadashi Kondo gave a presentation on Higash’s "rules" at HNA Chicago some years back. [It is at Bill’s surviving website, too.] Not to have two in a row, though. "Person" refers to first person, second, and third. Spread them out in the renku.

The first person is a definite point of view — "I looked past the moon", or in the plural .. "we look at the moon", etc. From Grammar Girl on line: "In grammatical terms, first person, second person, and third person refer to personal pronouns. Each 'person' has a different perspective, a 'point of view,' and the three points of view have singular and plural forms as well as three case forms."

For me, Chris and all, what is difficult in or a defect of a haiku, the second person, can be achieved in renku. It is an address in haiku to use "you" but in renku it is a different point of view and is a varied thing. A lot of renku stanzas are just an omniscient observation — always assuming the writer has had or conceived the very experience. "You walked into the path of the moon." Third person, too, I suggest, is not and should be not be overly common in a renku, but variety is King. He she or it does something… "She stood there naked"... still has the writer as observer.

The non-pronoun is used a lot more. "The priest held a goblet up high." Also a profession or type of person (STILL observed by the writer, of course): "a carpenter has a pile of wood shavings". This too should be varied. A few of each of these is important. Bill’s teaching was to also vary "place." A non-human verse, usually, "the river-side willow dipped into the current."

Perhaps associate with your question, is to not have narrative in the sense of a plot. Since we link BUT shift, the sense of any continuity beyond the two-verse linking pair is to be avoided. As the verses unfold, plotless, the great variety of possibilities can be experienced. Look at our poem so far . . . we have leaped wildly about from an ice-cream truck to Gaza to rainbow and daffodils. No plot. Hillary Tann calls this to leap nimbly.

A minor exception is the process through the season. In a kasen, spring and autumn can run for 3 verses. Each of the three should or might show progression: from first snowdrops (flower) to first leaf, to catching trout. Some can be "all season" too.

Closer to a plot, but should not be one, are the love verses. Two in junicho, but often three in kasen. And also in kasen length renku there are two sets of love verses. While all are adult human love, each one must not link to the leap-over verse, two back in other words. A love sequence might be from flirtation, to sex, to grief at a lover’s grave. The second set of love verses should take a different tack from the first grouping.

In kasen length, too, there are 3 moon stanzas. Two generally are autumn, the other in some other season. All of the three should not be duplicate how the moon is portrayed. Vary the shape, color, rising or setting, shadow of the moon, etc. The two "blossom" verses should also be different one from another. Again Variety without Plot.

Do remember also that fiction is allowed in renku. I can write of the gargoyles at Notre Dame — never having been there. Personally I do not believe in fiction in haiku, though some theorists and practitioners of haiku disagree with me on that. To some, a "truth" can be conceived fictionally. All’s fair in renku, though.

Well, I’ve rambled long enough . . . Complicated yet simple. – Paul

Alan Summers:

Paul MacNeil spoke well about narrative issues in renku, so I personally won’t add to what he said.

There’s been quite a wave of renku outside the 'haiku/renku community' by poets in different parts of the USA, as well as the famous one set up by Bob Holman and Jeff Koons (famous poet, famous artist) using Pink Floyd type arena transport to travel through the United States.
I myself have used the 1000 link senku which has brought astounding results, particularly in the North of England (UK).
Aspects of Broken Narrative and Unresolved Narrative can play a part in renku, and we cannot expect national and international poets and writers outside of the ‘haikai’ community to keep to the non-linear narrative patterns that we strive so hard to do.
Also novelists like Paul Curran have teamed up with visual artists to create disintegrated narratives, mostly about body disorders, consciously or unconsciously taking from the popular renga/renku projects outside haiku/renku communities.
Perhaps we do micro-broken narratives, but with less of a connection than in the famous Pulp Fiction model.

Renku certainly seems to be anti-hero(ine)’s journey, where we do our mightiest to avoid story, sometimes even avoiding touching on molecular level mini-stories.

I didn’t realise that Basho liked to have around a lot of rough trade, gangsters, etc… but that revelation makes sense to me in the light of renku. :-)

He would have wanted to cram in as many fictive and faction, and fictional tales into an evening or day/night long sake sipping events as possible.

Long Viking length epics, well, they’d take weeks and months, with enormous alcohol hangovers. So renku make an odd sense to me. :-)

(with more to come when I have time to transfer the comments, gotta dash) ....

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