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Haiku Music Challenge 95


Welcome to The Haiku Foundation’s 93rd Haiku Music Challenge, sponsored by Naviar Records!

Mark Miller is an award-winning poet and photographer who has published four books of poetry, the latest being Light and Counterlight, a selection of his best haiku from over 350 that have been published in international journals and anthologies. Among his awards are an International Sakura Award in the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku Invitational 2013 and 2021, first place in the Blue Giraffe Press Second Haiku Competition 2014 and first prize in the FAWQ Haiku Competition 2016. His previous three books are Conversing with Stones (Five Islands Press, 1989), This Winter Beach (Seaview Press, 1999), and Scanning the Horizon (Ginninderra Press, 2018). Published by Ginninderra Press in 2020, Light and Counterlight is his first book of haiku. Mark lives in Shoalhaven Heads, Australia.

quickening wind
every leaf of the turning maple
in tune

Ten tracks were made in response to Mark’s haiku, and here’s my selection for The Haiku Foundation:

Track: 23.10.2021 ::: naviar haiku 407
Artist: N O C T U R N E S T R A
Genre: ambient

Here’s a composition by a new participant in our music challenge, the poet and sound artist N O C T U R N E S T R A.


Track: The Turning Maple
Artist: FlownBlue
Genre: electronic

An improvisation in C major, combining classical elements and ambient layers, by one of the most active members of our community, FlownBlue.


Track: Turning leaf
Artist: espaces-sonores
Genre: electronic

A short and evocative electronic piece that perfectly fits with Mark’s poem, composed by espaces-sonores.


Thank you for listening. Next week we’ll feature music inspired by another haiku by Mark Miller:

noon stillness
the lyrebird sings
for all the forest

The deadline to submit your composition is 3 November. To find out more, participate or submit your haiku, please visit Naviar Records site.

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