In the dusk

Posted in Haiku, Summer with tags on June 18, 2015 by Mayumi Kawaharada

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Yellow lights flashingP1010803

To the sound of a stream––

Fireflies

 

………………………………….. Alighting on my black shirt

……………………………………… A firefly pauses, waits––

…………………………………………. My first gold medal!

 

from the Icebox inbox – 35

Posted in Haiku, Spring, Submissions, Tanka on May 30, 2015 by Hisashi Miyazaki

zoo visit…
after the downpour
a rainbow of macaws

……. (Grace Galton)

spring morning
how i fiddle with piano keys
missing her caress

……. (Payal Aggarwal)

indulgent mother
cow licking her calf
till he shines

……. (Joyce Joslin Lorenson)

Waiting for summer
The ice and snow are melted
But tempestuous storms
Wreak havoc
And I pine alone.

……. (Jane Wieman, Madison, Wisconsin)

The Old Tango Road

Posted in Event report, Haiku, Spring with tags on May 29, 2015 by Tito

Sat. 23 May, Kameoka. A few Hailstones joined Margarite Westra on a historical walk of 10 km. through the countryside of Kameoka. We sauntered along the Old Tango Road – in places today, no more than a narrow farm service road, but back in the Edo period (and for centuries before), the main thoroughfare from the capital to the northerly maritime province of Tango. Our thanks go to the Kameoka Bunka Shiryokan staff, who led the little expedition.KC4F0025

One highlight was the ancient shrine of Oi Jinja, where the last vestige of the lake that once filled the Kameoka Basin is preserved, and whose founding god rode a carp up the Oi (today the Hozu) River. Here are a couple of photos and a couple of haiku to show for the happy late spring day. The golden fields are the winter barley crop ripening before harvest; the flooded fields are waiting to receive rice seedlings.

…. Hammock strung between

…. a maple and a persimmon –

…. My green ceiling.

………… (Richard Donovan) KC4F0039

…. History tour –

…. Her thorough explanation

…. Drowned out by the lark.

………… (Tito)

* click on the photos to enlarge *

Wake

Posted in Haipho, Travel with tags , on May 22, 2015 by Tito
haipho in Malta by Akira Kibi
click on the photo to enlarge it and better read the haiku 

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Coriander

Posted in Haipho, Poem with tags on May 17, 2015 by Kazue Gill

コリアンダーの花が可愛いと
何度も言うあなたが可愛いよ。

You who, time and again, say
“How sweet is this coriander flower”…
How sweet are you!

コリアンダー

 

 

 

 

Genjuan Decorated Works 2012-14: Apology and Praise

Posted in Book, Haibun, News with tags , on May 17, 2015 by Tito

The Office of the Genjuan Haibun Contest hopes that by now all those who took part in the Genjuan Haibun Contest in any or all of the years 2012, 2013 and 2014 will have received their free copy of the recently published compilation of decorated pieces (see March 30 posting below for description and a photo of the cover). We trust you will enjoy reading it. If you still haven’t received it by the end of May, please contact our officer, Eiko Mori (her details are given on the Genjuan Guidelines page – click link at top right). If you notice any errors of transcription, please notify us.

One, for which we sincerely apologize, has recently been discovered on page 76 in John Kinory’s piece, Prime Meridian. Near the end, “He smile” should be “Her smile” and, in the same sentence, “had brought me” should have been “had bought me”.

Fortunately, we have already received some very encouraging feedback from prominent haibun writers:

“With its 120 pages, judges’ comments and ‘classical Japanese haibun’ this is a considerable work, and a significant contribution to contemporary haibun literature, meriting congratulations to all involved. Incidentally, it’s also a crisp and attractive book production.” (Ken Jones)

“Congratulations on another successful haibun contest. it has been instrumental in keeping haibun an active and vibrant genre. thanks for the good work.” (Jim Kacian)

“… a masterpiece of inspiration and production, not to overlook generosity and ‘haiku spirit’. I was completely taken by surprise and totally overwhelmed to receive it. Thank you so much.” (David Cobb)

Should you wish to order your own copy, details are given on our Publications page (click link at top right).

The four prize-winning pieces in the 2015 Contest are now up on our Genjuan ’15 Winning Haibun page (link at top right).

The Guidelines for the 2016 Contest are now up on our Genjuan Guidelines page (via another link at top right).

Genjuan Haibun Contest 2015 Results

Posted in Haibun, News with tags , , on May 1, 2015 by Tito
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Grand Prix:
Mining Memories – Sonam Chhoki (Bhutan)
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An (Cottage) Prizes:
Inupiat Lessons – Doris Lynch (USA)
A Cycle Ride – Shrikaanth Krishnamurthy (India/UK)
Cattle Dreaming – Barbara A. Taylor (Australia)
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Honourable Mentions:
In Country – Carol Pearce-Worthington (USA)
New Year’s Eve, 12/31/2014 – Earl R. Keener (USA)
The Visitant – Barbara Strang (New Zealand)
My Husband’s Croissants – Margaret Chula (USA)
Learning English – Dru Philippou (USA)
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Judges:
Nenten Tsubouchi, Stephen Henry Gill (Tito), Hisashi Miyazaki
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This year we had 106 entries from 15 different countries, a very encouraging response. Firstly, the judges wish to thank all those who took the trouble to send something in to the Contest Office. Secondly, we offer our hearty congratulations to the authors of the above decorated works. It was not too onerous a job for the judges to bring the field down to a short-list of 16 works, but it proved rather difficult to decide on the winners. As it turns out, American writers had a very good year and the British and Irish, not such a good one. Many of the ones that fell at the last hurdle were by writers from the latter two countries. This we learned after the judging was finished. It is good to see awards going this year both to poets in Oz and in NZ. With Nepal now drawing the world’s attention because of the suffering of its people in the wake of the Earthquake, it is remarkable that the Grand Prix has been won by an author from Himalayan neighbour, Bhutan, which we sincerely hope escaped the terrible destruction further to the west. The piece is a tour de force and included an apposite classical quotation, something there is perhaps too little of in Western haibun. A Japanese haibun contest was concurrently held by Nenten’s ‘Sendan’ group and the three judges had to work on those pieces almost in parallel. A busy time! The winning piece in that contest was a whimsical haibun about how it is that tuna die. In future we hope to be able to translate that work and share it here. The top four Genjuan works will be posted later this month as a special page on the Icebox for all to enjoy.

Guidelines and deadline for the 2016 Genjuan Contest have now been posted on a separate page (click the page link at top right).

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