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Our first snowfalls have been recorded and it wasn't even June! The weather boffins are, however, predicting a warmer-then-usual winter, while hedging their bets about "blocking" weather patterns such as the one that caused our big dry and extended the summer into April.
I joined a group of "lady" haiku poets on an outing to a nearby park last week, the first day the polar blasts arrived. We walked about for a bit but when someone said the words "cup of tea" and "cafe" in conjunction we bolted like hares into our cars and were away to the promised warming brew, poetry be damned!
Needless to say, just as the colder temperatures arrived so did a gang of painters who wanted to leave all my doors and windows open so the paint could dry. They were very nice about it, though, and their gentle jokes kept me smiling.
This month's article is by Jim Kacian and is on the various ways of presenting a haiku on the page, including a few thoughts on the growing popularity of single-line haiku in English.
Seren Fargo has sent a selection for the My Favourite Haiku feature, while the Competitions listings are still busy with plenty of options for the next few months. Note that the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival contest has extended its closing date from June 3 to 24.
Laurice Gilbert has been up to her eyeballs in NZPS competition entries, so thanks to everyone who entered the haiku section. At tea-time (3pm) on June 1 she had over 400 entries in the senior section, with about 20 envelopes still to open. Nola Borrell is judging the senior section and Kirsten Cliff the junior. Good luck to both of them as they begin the selection process. Owen Bullock will once again be editing the anthology.
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