Haiku of the Day for October 2023 features Guest Editors Leanne Mumford and Vanessa Proctor’s collection on the theme of Inland Waters. This is what they have to say by way of introduction to this theme:
We chose the theme of inland waters for October 2023 for the rich variety of nature-based and human-activity that it offers. As Australian poets we are grateful for the opportunity to bring some Australian works to a wide audience, but we didn’t confine our search for suitable haiku to one continent. We found flowing water in rivers, streams, creeks and waterfalls. We found still water in lakes, ponds, pools, swamp, bog and sedgeland. We found mist and ice; flowers, trees and rainforest; birds, fish and animals large and small. Among the poems there are moments of quiet observation, exhilaration, discovery, surprise and delight. Sometimes the body of water is explicit, and sometimes it’s implied. Regardless, inland waterways, with their fresh life-giving water, inspire our poetry and are an integral part of our lives.
—Leanne Mumford and Vanessa Proctor