November 2019: All the garden festivals on in November have inspired this month’s photo – hope you can get out and find one to enjoy. There’s nothing nicer than enjoying the fruits of someone else’s labours!
And there are plenty of Contests to enter if you find yourself coming over poetic in a garden with the Contest listing updated to the end of January. Haiku Happenings notes both the final iteration of the Moonbathing journal of women’s tanka and its associated contest, and the outstanding success of young New Zealand haiku writers in the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku Invitational.
The Spinoff has published an article about haiku by Sandra Simpson, prompted by a previous posting of a collection so-called haiku as the site’s regular Friday Poem. The author of the original ‘haiku’ has right of reply, posted here.
This month’s article is a plea from Susumu Takiguchito to throw away ‘the template’ when composing haiku.