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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Haiku and Senryu POETICA ABC National - 3pm Saturday 29 May 2010


Photo by Ron Sims

The haiku and the senryu in contemporary Australian poetry.

In Poetica's two-part feature, program producer Ron Sims asks: what is it about the haiku that commands so much time and effort in creating a thing so small? The answer reveals a private world of passion, dedication, honesty and wry humour from writers who produce a haiku a month to those who produce them in their hundreds. The haiku poem is a tiny 'window-on-life' opening up for the reader an often startling vision of the nature of the world... or of their own nature. As the writers explain, the haiku really 'takes off' when the tiny spark they set up catches alight with a surprising brilliance in the reader's mind.

In Part 2 we hear from Janice Bostok, Andrew Burke, Bruce Dawe, Robert Gray, Jodie Hawthorn, Andrew Lansdown, Susan Murphy, Doris Reeves, Katherine Samuelwicz and Norman Talbot.

Readers: Peter Holland, Jodie Buzza, Murray Dowsett
Producer: Ron Sims
Sound Engineer: David LeMay

All this from http://www.abc.net.au/rn/poetica/stories/2010/2870565.htm

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