Online internet courses by Call of the Page

Are you interested in a Call of the Page course? We run courses on haiku (beginner and intermediate, and advanced). We also run workshops and courses on tanka; tanka stories/prose; haibun; shahai; and other genres.

Please email Karen or Alan at our joint email address: admin@callofthepage.org
We will let you know more about these courses.

Call of the Page (Alan & Karen)

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Winning haiku including Highly Commended : The 2010 With Words International Online Haiku Competition Results

We would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year!
Alan, Karen and Kathy, With Words

A Full Report and Judges Commentary will appear up on With Words later in the New Year.

1st Prize


the coot's lobes
just melting the ice
snow in the wind


John Barlow
Ormskirk, England



2nd Prize


after chemo--
finding more beauty
in the petal bare bloom
 

Terri L. French
Alabama USA



HIGHLY COMMENDED


in their roost
of bark and brambles
the wintering owls

John Barlow
Ormskirk, England



family photo box
how my father smiles
in black and white

Sandra Simpson
Tauranga, New Zealand



bright moon
light years
between starfish

Ernest J Berry
Picton, New Zealand


Commended

Brett Brady, Hawaii, USA 
Sandra Simpson, Tauranga, New Zealand 
Susan Richardson, Cardiff, Wales
John Barlow, Ormskirk, England 

Congratulations to everyone, and many thanks to every entrant who entered the competition and helped support our literacy programme and charities.

 

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The 2010 With Words International Online Haiku Competition Results

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Congratulations to the winners, Highly Commended and Commended entries, but also to the incredible number of well written haiku that made judging so delightfully difficult.

A full report and details will go up onto the With Words website in the New Year.

Happy Christmas to all,
Karen, Kathy, and Alan at With Words


1st Prize


the coot's lobes
just melting the ice
snow in the wind


John Barlow
Ormskirk, England




2nd Prize


after chemo--
finding more beauty
in the petal bare bloom


Terri L. French
Alabama USA




Highly Commended

Sandra Simpson, Tauranga, New Zealand
Ernest J Berry, Picton, New Zealand
John Barlow, Ormskirk, England



Commended

Susan Richardson, Cardiff, Wales
Sandra Simpson, Tauranga, New Zealand
Brett Brady, Hawaii, USA
John Barlow, Ormskirk, England











 

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Jean Rasey 1925-2010 haiku poet and good friend

Jean Rasey  (1925-2010)

Much loved Aussie haiku poet Jean Rasey passed away early Sunday morning 5th December; she will be sorely missed by so many of us.

Jean’s Austalian Haiku Society biography states she became interested in haiku when hosting a Japanese exchange student in 1979/80. When Paper Wasp formed in 1994 it was the beginning of a rewarding participation in this succinct and evocative form of poetry.

We became close haiku friends via the hugely popular Osaka, Japan based Azami magazine.  After Azami’s editor’s demise, we carried on sporadically via other magazines and email including her wonderful book "easy with the ebb" :


 "Jean Rasey ...writes haiku of pure deliquescence... they melt in the mouth, leaving a delicate after taste of mono no aware, "an empathy to things"... There is a simplicity that skirts plainness or sentiment... When you read her haiku you may well find yourself holding your breath with hers..."

Alan Summers — With Words
 




This book has become a With Words recommended book for all our students.

"Long have I waited for sincerity. And here it is from far across the ocean, laden with the truth of why we write and why we live!"   vincent tripi — Summer 2007

Here are just a few of her haiku over the years:


first flush of dawn
down river a lone oarsman
easy with the ebb

Finalist, Seventh Annual Jack Stamm Paper Wasp Haiku Contest (2005)

moonrise
shadow to deeper shadow
the whisper of wings

Finalist, Seventh Annual Jack Stamm Paper Wasp Haiku Contest (2005)

night rain
I snuggle deeper
into the sound

"A poem Presence readers acknowledged as one of the world's bestH F 'Tom' Noyes

This one published in the British Haiku Society’s Blithe Spirit magazine:

all night the rainbird
not until midday
a rumble of thunder

Blithe Spirit Vol 12 No 1 (2002)

 

Thursday, December 02, 2010

The new issue of haijinx is out!


haijinx 2010
volume III, 

issue 1
December 2010




The new issue is out, our first new issue since 2002.

We have familiar faces and some new ones for you, enjoy!

Click here to enter our special 2010 issue: weblink



Alan Summers,
haijinx team editor