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HAIKUsutradhar : 2nd June 2023

Updated: Jun 4, 2023

HAIKUsutradhar. weekly prompts


2nd June Lev Hart, the mentor for HAIKUsutradhar, would be pleased to answer your questions and concerns.

hosts: Akila G. & Shreya Narang

the month of JUNE: Surashree Ulhas Joshi

Prompts are based on emotions (called navarasas) that come to the fore when we hear ragas of Indian classical music traditions.

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founder/managing editor: Kala Ramesh

associate editors:

Ashish Narain

Firdaus Parvez Hemapriya Chellappan

Priti Aisola Reid Hepworth Sanjuktaa Asopa

Shalini Pattabiraman

Suraja Menon Roychowdhury Vandana Parashar

Haiku, senryu and haiga/shahai (photo haiku) posted here on this thread will be picked up for Triveni Haikai India's monthly journal - haikuKATHA At the moment we are not looking at found poetry, rengay and other split sequences. Other than haiga, no photos are to be shared on our blog on account of storage/memory limitations.

................................................................................................................................. Associate Editors, Madhuri Pillai and Akila G. are stepping down for personal reasons. We wish them the very best. Associate Editors, K. Ramesh and Shobhana Kumar stepped down earlier in the year for personal reasons. A huge thank you to all four beautiful poets. Associate Editors, Reid Hepworth (from Oct 2022), Sanjuktaa Asopa (from 15 October 2022) and Hemapriya Chellappan (from Dec 2022) will be joining us. A huge welcome to all these three lovely poets. _()_ ........... For some more exciting news! CHECK THESE FORUMS: Tanka, kyoka and tanka-prose to be posted on TANKA TAKE HOME and Haibun to be posted on THE HAIBUN GALLERY Please do visit: 'triveni spotlight' 'open sky :: SAMVAAD' and 'thinkALONG' Good poems and challenges are posted in these feature forums. ........

The poems you post will also be considered for the haikuKATHA Monthly Journal each month. Due to a sudden increase in activity, here are some quick guidelines, for HAIKUsutradhar:

1. From September 2022 onwards only 3 haiku (numbered 1, 2 & 3) per week/per prompt are to be posted on HAIKUsutradhar. 2. Please do not post two poems in one day/in 24 hours ... just one and in total only 3 poems per week from Friday to Friday.

3. For each poem you share, please comment on ONE other poem which isn't yours!

4. Post only your unpublished, original poems.

5. If poets have NOT ASKED for FEEDBACK, please don't give. 6. Most importantly, please do not post a variety of drafts, along with a request for readers to choose which they like most. Only one poem is to be posted. 7. IMPORTANT: if any member provides feedback on the poem in the comment section, the poet must decide on the final version and post it on top of the original version.

Or else the original unedited version on your thread will be picked up by us for the selection.

On your comment thread, you need to post your revised final version (if you have one!)

Edited version: Your final version of the poem goes first, so it will be easy for our team to consider that for the haikuKATHA journal.

Original version: Your first version of the poem remains - under your final version.


Post your best haiku and let's have each issue with your best work.

Poems previously published on your webpage or social media will be accepted.

Poems previously published in peer-reviewed or edited journals or anthologies and contest winners that were published elsewhere will not be accepted.


The Prompt 1:

Raga Bhinna Shadja: Pt. Kishori Amonkar described this raga as the expression of shimmering romance and I agree with her 100%. It is romance in its purest form for me. The notes caress each other so gently that you cannot help but fall in love with the melody. So, I present Raga Bhinna Shadja to you, my dear Trivenians, as your first prompt. I am posting the link to Kishori Tai’s performance. It is divine, to say the least. I hope it inspires you to come up with verses filled with ‘Shringar’ (love) rasa.

Link: Surashree Ulhas Joshi. From the hosts:

A suggestion: please don't listen to this piece just once and write multiple haiku. Listen to the singer's exposition multiple times. Let the raga soak in you. Internalise the movements, curves and leaps. Link to shringara rasa: Wikipedia <> <> <> What a stunning prompt, Surashree. Looking forward to this month of prompts with its fine nuances. Thank you so much. I deeply appreciate the musical prowess you show. _()_


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ku 2

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Barrie Levine
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outdoor concert

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Pris  Campbell
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fishing anhinga

silver wings flutter after

in the warm breeze


Susan Furst
Susan Furst
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rack ups downs married

rick the and of life

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Susan Furst
Susan Furst
Jun 08, 2023
Replying to

Thank you!


Kavita Ratna
Kavita Ratna
Jun 08, 2023

June 8, 2023

# 2


honey eyes melting

memory of a sting


Feedback welcome

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