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HAIKUsutradhar: 24th November 2023 Lev Hart

HAIKUsutradhar. weekly prompts


24th 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 Only post unpublished verses --- nothing that has appeared in peer-reviewed or edited journals, anthologies, your webpage, social media, etc.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 4

This haiku by Basho serves as a window to the poet’s mind:

It is deep autumn: My neighbour --- How does he live, I wonder? (trans. Blyth)

He begins by commenting on the season, which leads him to a question. Autumn being the season of final preparations, the poet wonders if his neighbour has enough food and fuel to get him through the winter. Another haiku by Basho shows us the poet’s mind shifting from the thought of oncoming Autumn, the season of loneliness, to thoughts of the near future, the tea room with its camaraderie. In other classic haiku, the poet’s mind shifts from a memory to his perception of the present, or visa versa, from a misperception to recognition, or from an experience to an insight. The relationship between the fragment and the phrase bridges the gap between them, but it is a unity existing in the poet’s mind, not in the world around him. The bridge is a juxtaposition based on mental associations. This week I invite you to write haiku showing us your own minds at work, associating one thing with another, or one moment with another.

This month we have covered the three kinds of juxtaposition: by comparison, by contrast, and by association.

Waiting to read your poems.

Lev Hart Thanks a lot, Lev.

It has been a wonderful month for our members. _()_


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