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HAIKUsutradhar: 29th March 2024 Patricia McGuire

Updated: Apr 1


Host: Gauri Dixit Prompter for March: Patricia McGuire


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 Only post unpublished verses --- nothing that has appeared in peer-reviewed or edited journals, anthologies, your webpage, social media, etc.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

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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29th March.

Prompt : Walking in the steps of masters: You


Over the past few prompts we have been walking with the acknowledged masters of Japanese haiku. What have you learnt about writing your haiku? In writing with the masters, perhaps you have found a voice of your own or strengthened that voice?


Well today, put your walking shoes on and in the inner silence of your walk, write something that is of your very own, something that shows us your writing voice. We have walked in the footsteps of the wise, now it is time for us to seek what they sought, in our own voice.


I do not compare myself to any master but perhaps if I share my voice with you, you will feel comfortable sharing yours:


a field of children

passing time in a whisper


Bisshie, Heterodox Journal #4


twittering sparrows

decades of the rosary

in 2/4 time

            Bisshie, Bones #25


Patricia McGuire (writing name Bisshie), host of The Poetry Pea Podcast, available whereveryou get your podcasts and YouTube. Managing Editor of The Poetry Pea Journal. Please check out our website,, and join us for Japanese inspired short form poetry, maybe even write some for us.



Looking forward to reading Your haiku.

Write on! Gauri


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april 4th

lost wax method

learning to be still

in lotus mudra


Please always🙏

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waiting outside the ot...

nails for lunch

Dipankar Dasgupta India (Feedback welcome.)

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03. Apr.

Dear Patricia, nice to catch up with you after a long time at Triveni. When I think of poetrypea your sweet voice lingers. I had a great time with your prompts. Thank you for all the learnings. :)

Thank you Triveni for sharing Patricia :)

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april 2nd

shedding leaves

shame uncoupled

from my body

feedback please is always needed

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Lev Hart
Lev Hart
04. Apr.
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Astounding ku. If haikuKATHA doesn't take it, save it for one of the major contests.

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Keiko Izawa
Keiko Izawa
02. Apr.


2nd revision: returned to the original with thanks to Kala

moonlit sakura

a petal or two flutter

to the birdsong

1st revision : with thanks to Lev

moonlit sakura

a petal or two flutter

through birdsong


moonlit sakura

a petal or two flutter

to the birdsong

Keiko Izawa, Japan

feedback much appreciated.

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Kala Ramesh
Kala Ramesh
03. Apr.
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I never meant to direct anything against you. Lev.

You are a mentor, and you'll remain our mentor at HAIKUsutradhar.

I remember your active mentoring for the whole of last year.

I can never forget it.

Thank you for being here and guiding us.

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