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Spring, apparently, has sprung - the birds, the bees and the flowering trees all seem to be saying so, not to mention freesias, daffodils, tulips, etc. I'm keeping an eye on the rapidly diminishing wood pile though, there could still be a cold snap waiting in the wings.
This month sees a new addition to the Showcase page in the form of Katherine Raine, a regular prize winner in the NZPS contest for the last few years. This year's anthology editor Nola Borrell has been hard at work letting people know of their inclusion so I hope the news has been good.
Speaking of contests, the Katikati Haiku Contest closes on September 26 so don't forget to enter!
This month's article from Ferris Gilli is useful for people at any stage of their writing career and is all about construction of a haiku, including editing.
Thanks to those who supply information, articles and their favourite haiku - Haiku NewZ wouldn't be the same without you and I appreciate the effort everyone puts in on behalf of this website. Thanks also to Signify, our website host, and the New Zealand Poetry Society for giving us the space on its site - free of charge.
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