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Haiku Spirit: The Passing of Janice Bostok

                   for Janice

into the blue
a crow flies
the direction of wind               


News came to me today of the passing of one of Australia’s greatest haijin (haiku master), Janice Bostok. Janice was and will remain one of the most important writers of English-language haiku and its related forms; her fifteen collections and numerous awards making her name synonymous with haiku worldwide. Her early work in Australia laid the foundation for the vibrant national haiku community we now enjoy. On a personal note, Jan’s work was profoundly influential on me. In the late 1990’s and through much of the next decade, she was a mentor to me and many others in the paper wasp group. She gave generously of her time and wisdom and was a magnificent teacher. When she offered to write the introduction to my first collection, A Zen Firecracker, I was thrilled, and tonight, reading over it again, I am reminded of her warmth and vitality.

I can say with unflinching certainty that her life and work will continue to be celebrated; her haiku light eternal.

If you have not yet had the pleasure, a fine selection of Jan’s work awaits you here


Filed under interviews/artist profiles, poetry

QPF Spotlight #16 – Ten QPF Poets

Just four more sleeps and I will be in poetry heaven… yes QPF 2009 is just around the corner. There are still some tickets left for Friday night’s, ‘A Tangle of Possibilities’ concert so make sure you get your seat booked asap. You can do that online here, or call The Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts Box Office on (07) 3872 9000 between 12pm and 4pm.

And to help fill your next few days with poetry, I have put together a sampler from ten of the poets featuring at QPF this weekend. Hope this gets your poetry gland salivating.

See you at the festival!


The Violence of Work by Geoff Goodfellow

Ruminations, Allegro & The Swoop by Geoff Page

These are Wobbly Days by Anna Krien

Cheap Red Wine & Why I Write? by Bronwyn Lea

38 ways to stain a memory by Nathan Shepherdson

Death and the Maiden by Jeffrey Harpeng

And this is just the morning, glass to sea-junk: a sacrifice & How do you do, Tuatara? by Zenobia Frost

Getting off the Round-About by Janice Bostok

Of a Place by Elizabeth Bachinsky

One by Hinemoana Baker


Filed under poetry & publishing