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HAIKUsutradhar: 10th November 2023 Lev Hart

HAIKUsutradhar. weekly prompts


10th November

Host: Kala Ramesh

Group Mentor: Lev Hart Prompter for November: Lev Hart

OUR MISSION: 1) To provide a new poetry workshop each Friday, along with a prompt.

2) To select haiku, senryu, and haiga each month for the journal, haikuKATHA. Each issue will select poems that were posted in this forum from the 3rd of the previous month to the 2nd of the current month.


A Quick Note: Starting with our October issue (issue 24), haikuKATHA will only consider haiga and tanka-art submissions that showcase your original artwork or photos. No more using stuff from free sites or AI-generated images, because we want you to boost your creativity!

But don't worry, we're all about collaboration. Because we know not everyone can draw or take great pictures. If you team up with an artist or photographer and we accept your work for publication, both of you will get credit for the masterpiece you've created. Make sure it’s their original work as well and they are not restricted by other publications to share them.

Just remember, it's on you to get permission from the artist/photographer before posting their stuff. We won't be responsible for any copyright issues. So, please keep these changes in mind. Have fun!

Important: Since we're swamped with submissions, and our editors are only human, mistakes can happen. Please, please, remember to put your name, followed by your country, below each poem, even after revisions. It helps our editors; they won't have to type it in, saving them from potential typos. Thanks a ton!

1. Post a maximum of two verses per week, from Friday to Friday, numbered 1 & 2. Post only one haiku in a day, in 24 hours.

2. Only post unpublished verses --- nothing that has appeared in peer-reviewed or edited journals, anthologies, your webpage, social media, etc.

3. Only post original verses.

4. For each poem you post, comment on one other person’s poem.

5. Give feedback only to those poets who have requested it.

6. Do not post a variety of drafts, along with a request for readers to choose which they like most. Only one poem is to appear in each original post.

7. Post each revision, if you have any, above the original. The top version will be your submission to haikuKATHA. Do not delete the original post.

8. Do not submit found poetry or split sequences.

9. Do not post photos, except for haiga.

10. With haiga, post details re: the source of the visual image.

Poems that do not follow the guidelines may be deleted.

Founder/Managing Editor of haikuKATHA Monthly Journal: Kala Ramesh

Associate Editors: Ashish Narain Firdaus Parvez Priti Aisola Sanjuktaa Asopa Shalini Pattabiraman Suraja Menon Roychowdhury Vandana Parashar Vidya Shankar ***


Week 2

In this haiku by Shiki, the phrase and the fragment are readily comparable:

A Dutch ship With many sails; Billowing clouds. (Blyth, trans.)

The sails and clouds are similarly white, and both are billowing. The fragment is a tacit simile for the phrase. Another haiku by Shiki compares a trail of footprints with the length of a Spring day. In many classic haiku, the fragment and the phrase are comparable in beauty, or in their ability to evoke the same emotion, e.g., serenity, loneliness, disgust, awe… The similarities between the fragment and the phrase bridge the gap between them. The bridge is a juxtaposition based on comparison. Using Shiki’s haiku as an example, you are invited this week to write a haiku in which the fragment and the phrase are in some way comparable.

Waiting to read your poems.

Lev Hart


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