Renga with Ginka Biliarska

In July last year I attended the World Haiku Association conference East Meets West in Sofia, Bulgaria. One of the organisers of the conference, Ginka Biliarska, who was kind enough to meet us at the airport and pay for our taxi into the city, had previously asked if I would like to do a little renga with her, and so we composed a few poems via email, entitled “A House On the Bank”. Now, the poems have been published in Lynx: a journal for linking poets. Ginka has also written renga with other poets using the same title – you can read all of them at Lynx but for convenience I’ve also pasted our poem below:


Ginka Biliarska, Bulgaria
David Prater, Australia

house on the bank
the river flows
but time has stopped

just like the white moon
in the child?s dark room

sun beam ?
the sleepy dog is driving it
away from his nose

from old cushions
fills the summer day

opal window glass
flickering sunspots outside

friendly fires ?
smoke that crosses the threshold
between our two worlds

haiku: [enjambement]

breaks into sunshine like a
dog upon a pond

reflections collide
in the state forests full of
green ukrainians

built a big square pool
a private lesiure centre
up past anglesea

beware the great ocean
roads corrugation wonder
tyres love the earths drains

some shattered morning
a koala a chainsaw
australian dreams

of horizontal
views of empty posession
of a level plane

up past angahook
beyond the loggers canvas
camps desolation

sounds like yesterday
bitterness as currency
some velvent yawning

too little dreaming
empty materialist

worn like a warning
batteries silent missiles
on the old fritz time

for thermals time to
hit whats left of tomorrow
helling all the day

another petrol
tank to fill time for dreaming
to commence your wish

will now begin take
a deep breath begin to walk