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HAIKUsutradhar: 5th April 2024 Sankara Jayanth


Host: Gauri Dixit Prompter for April: Sankara Jayanth


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 Only post unpublished verses --- nothing that has appeared in peer-reviewed or edited journals, anthologies, your webpage, social media, etc.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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5th April

How many of us live in urban jungles? How many of us are increasingly becoming discontent with this fact of us becoming, likely without our choice or control, increasingly detached from the natural world. In this age of technology, it is often an unsaid truth that perhaps we as a species have sort of lost it in terms of what it means to live a life in a world full of it. Far from our species coming together to save our own kind, we destroy everything in the path to our hollow goals as the dominant species on the planet. Given this state of human & world affairs, it is incredible how the haikai transform our lives, our perspectives on the natural world, our place in it and every existential dialogue that can fill the space within - all with a tenderness towards life. I try to capture these emotions, thoughts and observations in my artworks in the simplest way I can. I hope they can act as a starting point for you to explore your relationship with the natural world in the weeks to come and write haiku & senryu from your observations and explorations.


Week 1: a bird picking at a cherry sun

Think about the birds at your place. Where do they go at night? What food do they eat? Do they like the berries in the neighbor's garden or the yellow bells in yours? Have you ever taken a stroll in a park and found to your surprise a bird you've never seen before or a bird you've seen before doing something you've never seen it do before? What is the bird's place in this world you too inhabit? 

I based this artwork on the vague idea of the Purple Sunbird that visits the yellow bell tree outside our home. Take the essence of the artwork and explore your own ideas and experiences to write your poem, it need not be about the image or the subjects in it. 

A poem from the Japanese masters to inspire us all: 

evening falls--

a bird of prey flies

into blossoms

Kobayashi Issa

translated by David G. Lanoue


Looking forward to reading Your haiku.

Write on! Gauri


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#2 4/10/24

Revision #2:

the morse code

of a downy woodpecker

--winter afternoon


downy woodpecker tap tap tapping

into the apple tree

--snowy afternoon

downy woodpecker tap tap tapping

into the apple tree

--morse code

~Nancy Brady

feedback appreciated

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Thanks, Anjali, for your words.


Kala Ramesh
Kala Ramesh
10 апр


The selected poems for haikuKATHA, ISSUE 30 is up on CELEBRATION!!


#2 – April 9th


plein air painter brushing the edge of the sky

Barrie Levine, USA



plein air class her brush at the edge of the sky


Barrie Levine (USA)

(feedback appreciated)

Barrie Levine
Barrie Levine
11 апр
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Thank you Nancy!


bird-shaped decals

on the patio door—

the thwap! of a bird

Linda Papanicolaou, US

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Really, Dipankar? I’m pleased.



fool the only word

my parrot has use for

Dipankar Dasgupta India

(Feedback welcome.)

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Thank you Kanji!

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