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Photo: Sandra Simpson
Welcome to winter! As I've been sitting here updating the website there's been rain on the roof, sunshine through the window and the temperature has dropped massively in about an hour. I gave up trying to dry washing on the line, thankfully, before the latest heavy shower arrived. I always know when cooler temperatures have arrived because the number of socks going out on the line (or in front of the fire) rises exponentially!
So get cosy and enjoy the latest edition of Haiku NewZ - an article by Susumu Takiguchi explores how humour is often left out of Western haiku, while Scott Mason, whose name is probably familiar to you as it features regularly in lists of contest winners, offers a selection of Favourite Haiku. The Contests list has been updated or, if you're in the mood for a bit of reading, pop over to the Worth a Look page and find something that takes your fancy, or browse Archived Articles.
This month's photo was taken at the Farmers' Market in Hastings and shows leeks (far left), fennel and celeriac. Which reminds me, leek and potato soup for tea, yum.
Have you seen that the NZ Poetry Society is looking for an editor for a fine line? This is from a recent newsletter: The New Zealand Poetry Society is inviting expressions of interest for the paid role of Magazine Editor of the society's flagship a fine line magazine. Published every 2 months, a fine line and contains a mix of NZPS member poetry, book reviews and articles about poetry. Applicants should be a recognised poet or poetry editor with a good network in the New Zealand poetry community. Previous publishing experience and an understanding of InDesign software would be an advantage but is not essential. For full details email NZPS.
Please note that the July refresh will not be made until the middle of that month. I will do my best in the interim to keep up with any major news from the haiku world, so do keep checking back. But I will be away from my desk for the best part of 5 weeks and will be on the move most of that time so will have to rely on internet connections and so on. Thanks for your understanding.
Thanks, as always, to Signify, our website host, and the New Zealand Poetry Society for giving us the space on its site - free of charge. If you'd be good enough to consider joining the NZPS, it would be a small repayment for the hosting and support that we receive out of kindness. For those within New Zealand, your membership fees are tax deductible, as is any donation you make over the top of the annual sub. Read more about joining and membership benefits here, including how to join if you live outside New Zealand.
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