Smith’s Alternative: Vanessa Proctor and Kent MacCarter

Vanessa Proctor and Kent MacCarter appeared last month at Smith’s Alternative in Canberra (Australia). Smith’s is a fun venue that offers live music, comedy and/or poetry almost every night of the week. After the usual open mic session, award-winning Sydney poet, Vanessa Proctor, stepped to the stage presenting a selection of her Japanese genre, short… Read More Smith’s Alternative: Vanessa Proctor and Kent MacCarter

Canberra/Nara Poetry Anthology

This year, 2018, marks the 25th anniversary of the sister city relationship between Canberra (Australia) and Nara (Japan). To celebrate the occasion, Saeko Ogi, Amelia Fielden and Noriko Tanaka have edited a collection of tanka and haiku by Australian and Japanese poets. The publication is titled Poetry Bridges: Canberra/Nara Commemorative Anthology. The Australian launch of Poetry… Read More Canberra/Nara Poetry Anthology

Nourish Poetry: Issue 1

Earlier this year, EGW Publishing from California in the USA released the first issue of a new journal: Nourish Poetry.     Issue 1 of Nourish Poetry offers more than 80 pages of contemporary poems plus 25 pages of haiku, showcasing an international line-up of poets. The collection is headlined by Juan Felipe Herrera who… Read More Nourish Poetry: Issue 1

The Haiku Shuffle

In late 2017, the Canberra-based Haiku @ The Oaks writing group was discussing various ways to present haiku in a live situation. Inspired by the ideas from this meeting, I applied a variation of these thoughts to writing a haiku style poem – a form I now like to call the haiku shuffle. Back in 2017,… Read More The Haiku Shuffle