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Come on a ginko with me

spring breeze
at her thighs
the towel loosens


In late October/early November, as Spring bursts in all its beauty, I will be leading a series of six ginko (haiku walk) around this fine city of ours and its stunning surrounds. Masaoka Shiki, one of the four pillars of haiku (along with Basho, Buson & Issa), believed that haiku poets should practice shasei – sketching from life – in order to heighten their powers of observation. A traditional way of developing these powers and opening yourself up to the everyday magic that awaits, is to participate in a ginko. On a ginko, participants are encouraged to jot down notes about what they can see, hear, smell, touch and taste as well as making notes on other thoughts and feelings that may arise during the walk. At the conclusion of the walk, participants then share their notes and spend time writing and workshopping their haiku.

As part of the last series, we visited Sandgate Beach, Downfall Creek, Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, New Farm Park & Southbank, and some stunning haiku were composed, many of which I had the pleasure of publishing on this site and many of which have gone on to be published in journals and magazines all around the world.

Here’s a couple of links to haiku written on the Mt Coot-tha and New Farm Park Ginko earlier this year to give you a taste.

So if you want to develop your haiku-eye and start your Sunday’s off in a meditative headspace, come on a ginko with me…

Details are below:

Ginko (Haiku Walk) with Graham Nunn

Dates: Sundays 16, 23, 30 October and 13, 20 and 27 November

Venue: We gather at Queensland Writers Centre, Level 2, State Library of Queensland

Time: 9am – 10.30am

Fees: Flat Fee $95 for the six sessions

Bookings: You can book online here or contact QWC by calling 07 3842 9922.


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Grandma’s House

first of spring
memories of grandma’s house


wrong turn
thirty kilometres
of silence


the ocean
pure of us


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The City Lights of San Francisco – 7 haiku on Verity La

Well, I am absolutely thrilled to let you all know that I now have seven new San Francisco haiku, hot off the glass on Verity La following on from my recent interview with Ashley Capes. A big thank you to all the Verity La gang for their support of my work.

And make sure you keep your eyes on Verity La over the next week as they will be featuring some of the poets on the QLD Poetry Festival Program. Bound to be some mighty fine reading!

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Call for submissions: Third Australian Haiku Anthology

It’s now five years since the publication of the Second Australian Haiku Anthology (2006), so another edition of work by Australian haiku poets, now so well represented in contests and publications around the world, is timely.

Submissions for the third edition are invited from poets living in Australia or from Australian poets, resident overseas.

The deadline for submissions is: 30 September 2011

The editors are looking for submissions of up to 5 previously published haiku, typed in 12pt font, clearly marked with your name, postal and email address. Details of where the haiku were published must be included along with details of any awards the haiku may have won. A brief biography is also required.

Submissions can be emailed to Katherine Samuelowicz at ksamuelowicz@optusnet.com.au or posted to:

paper wasp
14 Fig Tree Pocket Road
Chapel Hill
Qld 4069


In the spirit of haiku, here’s another handful of San Francisco poems to leave you with…

black coffee
with each sip
the stars brighten


rubbing your belly
the beat
of two hearts


first drink
on the horizon
three fingers of sun


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San Francisco Haiku #7

zen garden
no urge to slap
the mosquito


still in the lap
of buddha
white butterfly


through the redwoods
in such a hurry
summer wind


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San Francisco Haiku #6

redwood forest
a blue jay disappears
into sky


my forty years
in the stream’s image


wind from the north
handing you a heart
shaped sorrel leaf

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San Francisco Haiku #5

one eye on the meat
alley cat
licks itself


busking out of tune
the crow
hits its note


licking the stamp
for your postcard
distant sun


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