haikaiTALKS Q13

Updated: Dec 12, 2021

*** Q13 ***


haikaiTALKS Q13 : a saturday gathering_under the banyan tree

host: Kala Ramesh

Hearty Congratulations, Teji!

Tzetzka Ilieva (Vida) has picked your answer as the best reply to her Q! Vida's Q 12 was: What made you a poet? What woke up your desire to write and to share with others your words? Did you always know that this was your calling or did you realize it later in life? Also, why haiku? Why tanka?

Tell us your story and don’t forget to share some of your very first poems! I, and everyone else here, would love to read them!

And now for Teji’s Q 13: Here's my write up and question.

Thank you, Vida for choosing my answer. Through your question, we could get a glimpse of the myriad journeys of our fellow poets. In my journey, I did not mention that I come from a pure science background (from micro nutrients to micro poetry).

Lately, I have been researching the blending of senses, emotions and perception in haiku. As a science person, I might remotely call it synesthesia.

What is synesthesia?

Synesthesia comes from psychology. Google defines it as a neurological condition where the stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary responses in a second sensory or cognitive pathway. It’s a psychological condition where one can actually hear a colour or smell a sound.

Here are some examples:


hearing green

and only green

~ Mary Kendall

Hedgerow, a journal of small poems #130, Winter 2020

morning walk

I hear the saffron

of blooming palaash

~ Ustat Sethi

Triveni haikai calendar March 2021

and one of mine:

lonely tonight

the blue of a ghazal


INNSAEI mag, Aug 2021

My question:

How interesting do you find the use of synesthesia in haiku? Does it elevate the sensory appeal of a poem and have you tried attempting one?




You are given time until midnight of 15th December (IST) to share your views and reviews!

Waiting to read your answers!

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