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open sky :: SAMVAAD | 13th August

hosts : Sanjuktaa Asopa & Kashiana Singh


long before language the S of the river


---- Annette Makino

(Touchstone Individual Poem Award 2020; First place, Porad Award, 2020; A New Resonance 13: Emerging Voices in English-Language Haiku, Red Moon Press, 2023)

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Vijay Prasad
Vijay Prasad
Aug 19, 2023

Indeed something great !


Man's only task is to tear off the dead skin of language until 'he finds himself in the hour of the great nakedness'.

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Arvinder Kaur
Arvinder Kaur
Aug 19, 2023

Love this poem.

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Thank you for all your comments.


Meanwhile, the poet, Annette Makino, says:


Here is a bit of background on this poem.


Every summer for the past 27 years, my family has spent a week at a rustic cabin near the Klamath River, a large river river in rural Northern California. One sunny morning I was taking a walk and noticed that seen from above, the river's curves made an elegant “S” shape. Of course, only we humans, inventors of language and symbols, would identify and name that shape as an “S.”


Meanwhile, I have been thinking about how humans have been destroying our environment, especially with regard to climate change. To counter my feelings of despair, I try…


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lakshmi iyer
lakshmi iyer
Aug 18, 2023
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Thank you so much Team!

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Firdaus Parvez
Firdaus Parvez
Aug 16, 2023

Such a great one liner!

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lakshmi iyer
lakshmi iyer
Aug 13, 2023

Wish I can write these master's stroke lines!!

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