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open sky :: SAMVAAD |28th August

Updated: Sep 8, 2022

hosts: Sanjuktaa Asopa & Vandana Parashar


on the edge of sleep

the black and white checkerboard

of a dog's bark


--- Julie Bloss Kelsey


(Poetry Pea Podcast, August 19, 2019;

Haiku of the Day at The haiku Foundation for Feb 21, 2022 as part of Victor Ortiz's collection on synesthesia)

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The visual of the checkerboard is striking. I imagine a white square ‘lighting up’ each time the dog barks, with the black squares representing the silences in between. I find the notion that we can taste, smell or hear colours fascinating.

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Vandana Parashar
Vandana Parashar
Aug 31, 2022

Julie shares-


“I wrote this haiku in response to a call for submissions from Poetry Pea on the topic of synesthesia. Medically speaking, this a condition in which sensory perceptions cross over - a person might hear colors, for example. I’ve been fascinated with synesthesia ever since I read The Man Who Tasted Shapes by Richard E. Cytowic.


Most of the poems I submitted were haiku I wrote about how I thought sensory crossover could happen. This poem was the only one taken from direct experience. Sometimes, when I am drifting off, I’ll hear a loud noise - something jagged like a car alarm - and my visual field briefly looks like a black and white checkerboard. I don’t…


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So interesting and fascinating! Thanks for sharing this with us, Julie and Vandana!

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lakshmi iyer
lakshmi iyer
Aug 29, 2022

Is this the illogical way of thinking of strange things in our sleep? We doze off and suddenly we see ourselves falling down from the sky, it has happened for me. So, if anyone can explain??

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I thought to build a haiku on my experience.

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deep sleep

another me falling

from the sky

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I understand its not a place to workshop. I shall post in Sutradhar.

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This falling down dream while dozing off is quite common with many people including me. I also experience floating in the air, leaping high in air or dancing weightlessly, but never a black-and-white checkerboard! Such a fascinating place our subconscious is!. Or perhaps everything has a physio chemical explanation!

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Kanji Dev
Kanji Dev
Aug 28, 2022

Awesome! It's fascinating how the mind interprets when the body is half-awake...

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Billie Dee
Billie Dee
Aug 28, 2022

Sleep logic----go figure . . .

Nice one.


Billie


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