Report for Bindii meeting, October 31 2021.

Present: Lynette Arden, Stella Damarjati, Steve Wigg, Julia Wakefield. We discussed tanka, as planned from the previous meeting. Stella showed us some that she had prepared, including one that had been accepted for Eucalypt, and Lynn showed us some tanka that she had previously published. We also looked at tanka by Julie Thorndyke. We agreed that tanka are most often successful when they form a complete sentence, and the last two lines don’t have to be longer in order for the tanka to work – even one word in a line is acceptable. We tried doing a five-minute brainstorm, writing sentences on the topic of ‘fear’ and trying to turn them into tanka. An abstract term is a better theme for a tanka than a concrete one such as ‘water’, which is more suitable for a haiku. The results were surprisingly effective. It seems that if we pick on a deeply personal interpretation of a theme, the sentences start to flow. It was in many ways a refreshing approach compared to the discipline of haiku

Report for Bindii meeting, September 12 2021.

Present: Lynette Arden, Stella Damarjati, Steve Wigg, Julia Wakefield. Apologies: Maeve Archibald. The meeting had been postponed form August 9, as not all of us could attend. We are getting quite good at running Zoom meetings, but we all forgot what the topic was this time – it was supposed to be water! Julia thought it was winter, so some of us submitted some winter haiku, and Lyn showed us some of her senryu, which alluded to Adelaide-related themes from the past. Perhaps we’ll look at water next time, as it has a great deal of metaphorical potential. Julia did a short analysis of Gregory Piko’s featured haiku from the Haiku Oz website, in which rainfall could be taken as a metaphor. grandpa’s window we touch raindrops from the other side Lyn made the point at this meeting that the metaphor has to be part of the scene, not something imagined and imposed on the scene. Julia realised that she still over elaborates her haiku! It’s very easy to add too many ideas or ex

Report for Bindii meeting, June 27 2021

Present: Lynette Arden, Stella Damarjati, Steve Wigg, Julia Wakefield. Apologies: Maeve Archibald.   Steve gave a short presentation, preceded by a description of the online tea ceremony that he experienced. He related how there are winter solstice ceremonies in Japan that are designed to appeal to all the senses, and this example included an ikebana arrangement, sound stimuli such as the ‘deer scarer’ fountain, a scroll with the inscription ‘Direct (the) mind in this place’ and a charcoal burning, using a log of a special type of Japanese wood that creates a glowing star. It was at such ceremonies as these that renku were traditionally written. Steve’s online ceremony did not include poets, but we liked the possibility of uniting an international online ceremony with a renku in the future. Steve’s presentation was about the writer and haiku scholar Richard Gilbert and his book ‘The disjunctive Dragonfly’, which addresses the perennial problem of how to define a haiku. According to Ste

Bindii meeting, April 10 2021, report.

 Present: Lyn, Stella, Steve and Maeve. Apology: Julia.   Saturday afternoon's Bindii meeting was a discussion  with feedback o n haibun.   Maeve's haibun was written in classic haibun style,  with haiku inserted at the end of each paragraph.         Stella offered her 3 short haibun ,  in the style of a flash fiction (30 words) , followed by one haiku . We discussed  changing the prose to present tense (from past tense) and possibly  expanding the prose to make it feel more satisfying.    The next meeting will be  on the 27th June at 3pm. Meeting topic: haiku workshop.

Report of Bindii Meeting for 28 February 2021

February’s Zoom meeting was an evaluation of haibun we had been tasked with writing since we last met. The results were quite diverse: Maeve offered a short story style haibun with paragraphs of prose punctuated by haiku at the end of each. Julia also offered a short story with a twist at the end, underlined by a tanka. Her example brought up the question of whether a poem could be used to clarify the text above it. We decided that this was certainly an option. Lynette’s was a shorter, first draft haibun with options for the final haiku, which we successfully workshopped. Stella had two short paragraphs, each with a haiku at the end, and her titles needed some work, which she modified successfully, and Steve had a travel journal-style with a single haiku at the end – a bit unfocussed, so some pruning was in order.   A common issue we found in the writing was lack of focus, which we agreed could be solved with tighter editing. Some works had no title, and we noted that title, body

Bindii Report Zoom meeting, January 2021

 On Sunday January 24 six of us again attended a Zoom meeting: Julia Wakefield, Steve Wigg, Maeve Archibald, Stella Damarjati, Lynette Arden and Coral Carter. We once more attempted a renku, this time led by Steve. We’d previously tried a Winter Junicho renku with Lynette as our Renku master. Steve had extensively studied Carley’s Renku Reckoner over the Christmas break and he challenged us with a twelve verse Summer Junicho. We had to leave the renku unfinished after 2.5 hours, and will complete the last three verses by email correspondence.  It was decided that everyone should attempt every verse and we would choose the best fit. As we discussed the appropriateness of each submission we became more and more conscious of the subtlety of the rules. It resembled a game of verbal gymnastics, where we attempted to find links while avoiding other accidental allusions to previous verses. We trod a fine line between providing variety or surprise and descending into nonsense or cliches.

Bindii Report Zoom meeting in November

On Sunday November 29 six of us attended another Zoom meeting: Julia Wakefield, Steve Wigg, Maeve Archibald, Stella Damarjati Lynette Arden and Coral Carter.  Coral introduced us to her publishing house Nulla Nulla Press, which publishes WA haiku poets.  We had agreed to try composing some haiku prompted by 4 or 5 concrete nouns, as demonstrated in Hansha Teki’s Bipedal Verses   so we could compare our different responses to each prompt. At the same time we looked at the ‘parallel verse’ approach that Hansha Teki demonstrated.  Most of us found the ‘parallel verse’ technique extremely challenging, but we attempted to define its purpose. First of all, it was apparent that you can read both haiku together, so that they form a new poem, as in this example by Hansha Teki, inspired by the concrete noun GALAXY: dust motes                black holes our origins red-shifted                my eyes