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HAIKUsutradhar: 26th January 2024 Marilyn Ashbaugh


Host: Kala Ramesh Prompter for January: Marilyn Ashbaugh


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 Only post unpublished verses --- nothing that has appeared in peer-reviewed or edited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

PROMPT: January 26th 2024


PROMPT: openHALL This week each of us creates our own prompt! I look forward to reading your work. Give us your best poems. Please take some time to give your feedback. HAIKUsutradhar is a two-way road! Just pressing an emoticon or saying 'Wow' is not feedback :)) _()_


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Feb 01


clouds over blue mountains

missed train

Dipankar Dasgupta, India 01 February, 2024 (Feedback welcome)



Finally getting some time to be back on after a month of art prompts from my local group.

I’ll try and catch up over the next few days. That said I have two more art pieces to create.


a trio of magpies joined

by another


on a wind curving sheets of rain this kismet

Kala Ramesh




Feb 01
Replying to

"kismet". What a wonderful choice of word! Could be FATE as in Greek tragedy. But it could also be Aladdin in the Arabian Nights. Superb. "sheets" or "sheet"?



January 31, 2024

one by one

snow banks melting away


Biswajit Mishra

Calgary Canada

Feedback welcome

Replying to

Thank you Joanna🤓



book fair —

I jostle

between Tagore and Shakespeare

Debarati Sen,


(Feedback pls)

Replying to

Yes Kalyani, "juggle" probably is the word that I thought of later (instead of "waver"). But I wasn't sure if you meant jostling in a crowd from section to section or store to store. But I am getting to love "jostle" too. Maybe, just keeping it on L2 " a jostle" serves both purposes by expanding the potential for imageries.😊How about:

book fair--

a jostle between

Tagore and Shakespeare

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