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HAIKUsutradhar: 3rd November 2023 Lev Hart

HAIKUsutradhar. weekly prompts


3rd 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 Only post unpublished verses --- nothing that has appeared in peer-reviewed or edited journals, anthologies, your webpage, social media, etc.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 1

This week let’s share some aspects of our respective cultures, and let’s celebrate each other’s cultures. I invite you to write haiku focusing on any day that you celebrate annually:

The First Day of the Year; Through the door of my hut, A field of barley.

(Shoha, trans. Byth)

The new life growing outside the poet’s door is, as it were, the very expression of New Year’s Day. Using Shoha’s verse as an example, choose nature imagery that will serve as a tacit metaphor for the day of your choice. The day, your kigo, can serve as L1 or L3.

As an extra challenge, choose a day that has not appeared often in the thread --- perhaps a day you commemorate rather than celebrate. Other possibilities might include seasonal references that are personal, like “our anniversary,” or, “your birthday.” Editors appreciate originality.

Waiting to read your poems.

Lev Hart


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