hosts: Shalini Pattabiraman & Shobhana Kumar

24th January

Our next series will bring you haibun written by the amazing Kala Ramesh. Here is Kala’s brief bio.

Kala Ramesh, is an editor, anthologist, and an external faculty member of Symbiosis International University Pune, where she has been teaching a 60-hour haikai course from 2012 — a first in India.

Kala was the haibun editor of Simply Haiku, 2010; winner of the Genjuan International Haibun Contest 2012, Japan - An (Cottage) Prize for the haibun: The Blue Jacaranda; guest haibun editor of Narrow Road, Oct 2021; co-judged the haibun contest conducted by the Haiku Poets of Northern California 2021; and received a Pushcart Prize nomination (2020) from Modern Haiku (51.3) for her haibun “On Slippery Ground.

She is the sole final judge of the International Book Contest for Women 2022 for haiku, haibun and tanka conducted by Sable Books, USA.

Cool Chennai

an uncut rock

under the banyan

the memory

One day in December, a frail man, almost eighty years of age — JK as he’s affectionately called — sits with his eyes closed under the famed banyan tree in his residence. There’s pin-drop silence as people wait for the master to speak … birds returning to their nests go in and out of song. Forty-five minutes later he looks up smilingly and says, “the birds have said everything I wanted to say today.”

breathless across the river the moon where I began

Source: First published in Modern Haiku, Vol 49:2. summer 2018 Cool Chennai

We invite you to share a haibun that calls attention to a meeting that is memorable.

We are delighted to open the comment thread for you to share your unpublished haibun (within 300 words) to be considered for inclusion in haikuKATHA monthly journal.


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