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February 2015                      

                                                                                                                   Photo: Sandra Simpson

Well, there we are - a month of the new year gone, just like that.

And it wasn't as though I've spent the month on holiday so perhaps the incessant heat is fogging my mind. The days seem to be routine of not doing anything very strenuous through the middle hours and then not being able to sleep until the late hours. The poor bumblebee with its ragged wings clinging to the comfrey flower looks like how I feel. Still, in a few months we'll be complaining about the cold.

The bumblebee photo was also chosen as a link to a story in Haiku Happenings about the translated haiku used in Richard Flanagan's Booker-winning Narrow Road to the Deep North.

We have a new Favourite Haiku selection from Tom Painting of the US, the competition listings have been updated and this month's article is the first chapter in a history of haiku in New Zealand that will appear on The Haiku Foundation website in 2016. If you believe there may be information missing from the history, do please get in touch - there's an email link at the top of the essay.

My thanks to those who supply information and articles - 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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- Sandra