Walter Mathois writes since his youth

pansies tremble
in the old lady's walker
green traffic light

almond blossoms

whirling around
the dream catcher

The Mainichi, May2nd2012

butterflies rest

on the railway
apple blossoms

The Mainichi, June 2nd 2012

Walter O. Mathois: 1954 born and living in Vienna. Since his youth he writes poems and just can't help it. Because of his interest in the Japanese way of life, he approached the Japanese short lyric forms. 2007 he started to write haiku, tanka, and Japanese linked verse with other Haijin. He is co-author of the book "Urban Story", dedicated to all kinds of linked verse and published in various anthologies, the journals Sommergras, Lotosblüte, Chrysanthemum, Notes from the Gean, Sketchbook, Lynx, JRR, and others.



Annual Selection, Sharpened Pencil

The Annual Selection 2012 from The Mainichi is a collection of all haiku being presented during the year. 14 German Tongues and their 40 works have been presented this time (in number of appearance): Heike Gewi (5), Lothar M. Kirsch (7), Elke Bonacker (2), Horst Ludwig (2), Ramona Linke (5), Rudi Pfaller (6), Valeria Barouch, Walter O. Mathois (2), Cezar F. Ciobica (2), Beate Conrad (4), Bernhard Kopf, Gesine Becker, Claudia Brefeld, Helga Stania.

Sharpening the Green Pencil is the name of the contest, organized by the Romanian Kukai Group. This year 15 authors from Austria, Switzerland and Germany participated. Though they have not been mentioned as winners, their 28 haiku were published - and worth reading: Sylvia Bacher, Valeria Barouch, Piotre Bratzki, Frank Dietrich, Volker Friebel, Sebastian Hengst, Silvia Kempen, Wolfgang Rödig, Birgit Schaldach, Angelica Seithe, Georg C. Sindermann, Heike Stehr, Joachim Thiede.

Notes from the Gean, issue 18, publishes haiku from Stella Pierides and Beth McFarland.

Seven years ago, Angelika Wienert wrote about Issa. David Lanoue presented the essay on his haikuguy-homepage.