Sunday, July 10, 2016

Cool Announcement:A Freebie,Rob Scott’s Master Thesis on Australian Haiku

The persistence in continuing to mirror Japanese haiku can be clearly seen when writers stubbornly use cherry blossoms and Buddhist temples in their Australian haiku. The English language is a beautiful language. We should be using it in exciting and modern ways. We write haiku about kookaburras, kangaroos, rotary clothes hoists, holdens, akubras, and the mountains and terrain of our own country. . . .We do not claim to write Japanese haiku

-- Sharon Elyse Dean,  White Heron: The Authorised Biography of Australia’s Pioneering Haiku Writer Janice M Bostok

My Dear Readers:

There is an increasing interest that haiku is generating in the academic community. Rob Scott's 2014 Master Thesis, entitled "The History of Australian Haiku and the Emergence of a Local Accent," is a fine example. Now, you can read its full text  or an abridged version under the title “Australian Haiku in the Global Context,” which was first published as a feature in A Hundred Gourds, 4:1, December 2014. For more information, please read "Rob Scott’s thesis on Australian Haiku" on the new website of Australian Haiku Society.

Selected Haiku:

three-quarter moon
the gecko moves
from light to shadow

Frogpond, 24:1, 2001

Sue Mill

still no word
the moon
through another window

The Loose Thread, RMA, 2001

Rob Scott

country town
a railway station
without tracks

Big Sky, RMA, 2006

Myron Lysenko

a flock of lorikeets
louder than the neighbours

FAHA, 2003

Sue Wilson

lengthening shadow --
above her eggs the hen’s heart
beats against my arm

Tug of the Current, 2004

Beverley George

war veteran ...
lobbing grain
at his hens

Carving Darkness, 2011

Cynthia Rowe

pregnant again ...
the fluttering of moths
against the window

White Heron, 2011

Janice Bostok

tiny coffin
the long winter’s

White Heron, 2011

Janice Bostok

cows in the shallows        drink themselves        slowly

FAHA, 2003

Gloria B. Yates

heat haze
               the miles
                            of boundary fence

a wattle seedpod, 2008

Lorin Ford

red moon
the calligraphy
of charred trees

a wattle seedpod, 2008

Lorin Ford

Happy Reading


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