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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The 7th Kokako Haiku and Senryu Competition

Closing date: 31st October 2013

First Prize NZ$200

Second and Third Place prizes of NZ$50 each

Judge: Barbara Strang

Send entries to:
The Kokako Haiku Competition,
Patricia Prime, co-editor
42 Flanshaw Road
Te Atatu South
Auckland 0610
New Zealand

Please make cheques out to Kokako
Overseas entrants may send cash at their own risk

Conditions of entry
  1. Haiku must be previously unpublished and not under consideration elsewhere.
  2. Entry fee is NZ$5 for every 3 haiku; for overseas entries, AU$4 or US$4 for every 3 haiku. Cheques acceptable or cash at your own risk.
  3. Send two copies of each group of haiku, with your name, address and email on one copy only.
  4. 1st, 2nd & 3rd haiku, 3 Highly Commended and 3 Commended entries will be published in Kokako 20 (April 2014).
  5. Winners will be notified by email or mail.
  6. Any theme is acceptable.
Any queries, email: pprime (at) ihug (dot) co (dot) nz

Monday, March 25, 2013

Autumn Night Alone


                    on this last
                    autumn night alone
                    it hits me --
                    I no longer question
                    my love for him

 Kokako 18 (April 2013)
Tanka & photograph by Kirsten Cliff

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

One Man's Butterfly Dream: NeverEnding Story

Last week one of my haiku appeared on Chen-ou Liu's new bilingual blog, NeverEnding Story, where he does Chinese translations of English-language haiku and tanka. The post with my haiku, complete with translations and Chen-ou's commentary, can be found here.

I've had a few more haiku and tanka accepted and look forward to them appearing in the future. To submit your own published or unpublished haiku and/or tanka for possible inclusion on NeverEnding Story, see this link. The best haiku and tanka from this year will be put into two anthologies, plus there is a $50 prize up for grabs for the best haiku and tanka.


I hope you'll enjoy taking a look around Chen-ou's one-of-a-kind blog project, and send in some of your work.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Horses and The Heron's Nest

                          heat shimmer
                    a heron drinks
                    from the horse trough

Haiku and photo by Kirsten Cliff

Friday, March 1, 2013

It's New Zealand Book Month!

March is NZ Book Month and so I headed to the library this morning to hunt out novels to read over the next few weeks, written by New Zealand authors. Here's what I'll be delving into in the days to come:

  • The Rehearsal by Eleanor Catton
  • Classical Music by Joy Cowley
  • Come Yesterday by Sue Emms
  • Towards Another Summer by Janet Frame
  • The Night Book by Charlotte Grimshaw
  • The Vintner's Luck by Elizabeth Knox

Find out more about NZ Book Month at their website, including info about events around the country, and to print out your $5-off voucher -- http://www.nzbookmonth.co.nz/ 

of poetry 
i choose 
a novel

Kirsten Cliff