For anyone feeling renku withdrawal symptoms, a kasen has started at The Haiku Foundation. The Pilgrims’ Stride is being led by John Stevenson.
I am very sorry to have to tell you that John died yesterday [January 1]. As you probably know he had been very very ill for four years. He dealt with his pain with tremendous courage and dignity. He survived through grim determination and the desire to make sure that his family would be able to support one another after he had gone.
He was able to attend the wedding of our son Alex to his beautiful wife, Catherine, on 21 December and to celebrate Christmas Day at home with Edith, our daughter, Alex and Catherine.
He faced death with the same courage and dignity that he dealt with his illness. He died with Alex and Catherine, Edith and her partner Connell, his brother Michael and myself, present to comfort and reassure him.
We miss him terribly but are proud to have shared our lives with him.
Very pleased to share that a nuijin linked verse – Early Morning Heat – written on the Issa’s Snail website has been placed First in the 2013 Einbond competition run by the Haiku Society of America.
The 20-verse poem was led by John Carley of England as sabaki, with the writing team being Lorin Ford (Australia), Cynthia Rowe (Australia), Sandra Simpson (New Zealand) and William Sorlien (US). Early Morning Heat will appear in the next issue of Frogpond, as well as on the HSA website.
Well done to all involved.
I recently received some fantastic news – Sandra Simpson’s collection of haiku breath has just been released! For details other then the hints I’ve taken from Sandra’s site below, just click on the link above
breath is the realisation of a project that has been rolling on and off my desk for about 2 years and I am pleased to record that it was home from the printer in November 2011. There’s something about the death of loved friends that tends to focus the mind and I realised that I just needed to get on and do it and not look back later and be regretful.
breath has been arranged in the traditional way – by grouping poems under seasonal headings – with my own photographs of the seasons of the tree acting as separator illustrations.
summer rain –
finding chocolate frogs
at the back of the shop
first published Daily Haiku, Cycle 11, 2011
Our Winter Junicho is finally complete! (or very damn close)
Have a look here
A new Renku will open up in the near year. Check out the Schedule page to see who’s already signed up and add your name!