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Maureen Sexton

Maureen Sexton

Born: December 01 1954 in Victoria Park, Western Australia
Resides: Redcliffe, Perth, Western Australia
E-mail: maureensexton (at) yahoo (dot) com (dot) au

Maureen Sexton is a West Australian haiku writer, poet, artist and photographer. She began writing haiku over 20 years ago, but began studying English language haiku and improving her haiku writing, after completing an intense mentorship (writing, researching, critiquing and workshopping of haiku for publication) with mentor, Australian haiku pioneer John Bird in 2007. She founded the West Australian Paperbark Haiku Group (previously Mari Warabiny). The Paperbark Haiku Group endeavours to hold haiku gatherings/ginko (haiku walks) four times per year and has a Facebook group for haiku enthusiasts from anywhere in the world. She also co-founded Creatrix Haiku Journal (online). She is currently an Australian Haiku Society committee member and WA representative. She has held many haiku workshops in WA and judged several WA haiku competitions. Her haiku has been published nationally and internationally, in such journals as The Heron's Nest, Frogpond, Blithe Spirit, Hedgerow, Windfall, Echidna Tracks, Creatrix Haiku Journal, Third Australian Haiku Anthology, Paper Wasp, Famous Reporter, Stylus Poetry Journal, Haiku Australia Dreaming, and FreeExpressions. She finds haiku writing to be particularly meditative, healing and inspiring. With the frustration and anger at the continual destruction of the environment, and surrounding greed and corruption, she finds haiku is a way of keeping herself calm and in the 'now'.

Awards and Other Honors: The Touchstone Award Shortlist for 2018

Selected Work
 
graveside
a snowflake melts
on my hand
 
day moon
the child notices
her first freckle
 
 
 
date night
our undies mingle
in the washing machine
 
domestic fight
a young child hiding
in the fairy garden
 
 
 
knitting circle
sharing our stories
of childbirth
 
snowy mountains
the slow movement
of clouds
 
 

Credits:

“graveside” – The Heron’s Nest Vol. XXI, No. 3: September 2019; “day moon“ – The Heron’s Nest Vol. XX, No. 2: June 2018; “date night“ – Frogpond Vol. 42:3 Fall 2019; “domestic fight“ – Frogpond Vol. 41:2 Spring/Summer 2018; “knitting circle“ – Blithe Spirit Vol. 29 No.3 2019; “snowy mountains“ – Echidna Tracks #2 February 2019.

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