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HAIKUsutradhar: 14th June 2024 John Pappas


Host: Gauri Dixit Prompter for June: John Pappas


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.


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 Only post unpublished verses --- nothing that has appeared in peer-reviewed or edited journals, anthologies, your webpage, social media, etc.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. haikuKATHA will only consider haiga that showcase original artwork or photos. Post details re: the source of the visual image. If you team up with an artist or photographer, make sure that it’s their original work and that they are not restricted by other publications to share it. We won't be responsible for any copyright issues.

11. Put your name, followed by your country, below each poem, even after revisions.

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

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Let's CELEBRATE!!! Poems from haikuKATHA in Touchstone Awards 2024!

Shortlist - TOUCHSTONE AWARDS 2024

spring cleaning

we sweep a war

under the rug

     — Marilyn Ashbaugh, haikuKATHA, Issue 16, Feb 2023


idle schoolgirl

a drizzle plucking

p u dd l e s

     —Anju KishorehaikuKATHA, Issue 21, July 2023


betel leaf vine —

a farmer chews the tip

of her folksong

     —Daipayan Nair, haikuKATHA, Issue 22, August 2023

spring cleaning

we sweep a war

under the rug

     — Marilyn Ashbaugh, haikuKATHA, Issue 16, Feb 2023

You guys rock!

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Our poets in RED MOON ANTHOLOGY 2024:

       1) Susan Burch, vegetables, Issue 19 (haibun)

       2) Lorraine Haig, Tasmania . . . Issue 17 (haibun)

       3) Lakshmi Iyer,  autumn's . . . Issue 18 (haiku)

       4) Linda Papanicoloau, stamp . . . Issue 16 (haiku)

       5) Padma Rajeswari, ancestral . . . Issue 24  (haiku)

Hearty congratulations to all our poets.

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PROMPT 2 : Exploring the Edge by John Pappas

14th June

This week I ask you to wander far and investigate what lies on the borders of our experience. Whether you voyage to the far reaches of the galaxy or the city limits, what do you see, feel, and experience on the outskirts? Perhaps you will write about the furthest place you have traveled. Maybe you are interested in exploring not the margins of our physical, or geographical spaces, but the edges of spiritual, psychological, or emotional terrain.  You might also think about who or what is considered marginal by our societies -- who lives on the social, political, or economic margins? What might it mean to live “on the edge”? How might these fringes and those who live on the fringes help define who we are and how we live? Delve into mystery, go far, and tell us what lies on the margins of our experience. 

John Pappas


Write on! Gauri


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drifting off

she strokes the mane of the

horsehead nebula

John Pappas, USA

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starshine --

through her pocket

the phone's glow

John Pappas, USA

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Delhi station

the north-east boy is

startled by loud claps

Subir Ningthouja

Imphal, India

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Nice work. But, what about L2 to be ' the north-east boy is startled '!!?



June 19, 2024

cast nets

all around the lake's corner—

one more year of war

Milan Rajkumar


Feedback welcome

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There is something elusive in L2. Will you look into it!!?



feedback welcome

tall stories

breezes ruffle a potted palm

in the penthouse

Suraja Menon Roychowdhury, USA

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Thanks Kanjini :)

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