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thinkALONG! 7 November

A TUESDAY FEATURE

hosts: Muskaan Ahuja, Lakshmi Iyer

guest editor: Ashish Narain


Please note:


Only the unpublished poems (that are never published on any social media platform/journals/anthologies) posted here for each prompt will be considered for Triveni Haikai India's monthly journal -- haikuKATHA, each month.


Poets are requested to post poems that adhere to the prompts/exercises given.


Only 1 poem to be posted in 24 hours. Total 2 poems per poet are allowed each week (numbered 1,2). So, revise your poems till 'words obey your call'.


If a poet wants feedback, then the poet must mention 'feedback welcome' below each poem that is being posted.


Responses are usually a mixture of grain and chaff. The poet has to be discerning about what to take for the final version of the poem or the unedited version will be picked up for the journal.


The final version should be on top of the original version for selection.


Poetry is a serious business. Give you best attempt to feature in haikuKATHA !!


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For me, one of the Spiess’s most interesting and difficult to understand speculations is this:

“Although nothing in haiku should be unrealistic, realism is of a relative nature in its function of

assisting in transmission of the spirit of the event-experience portrayed by the haiku.”


The best example I could find that illustrates this relative nature of realism is Issa’s poem,



in this world

we walk on the roof of hell,

gazing at flowers


--- Kobayashi Issa, tr by Robert Haas



Who knows if hell exists? But we all understand how it’s supposed to be and where it’s

supposed to be. This makes the poem real enough for me.

I’m curious to know what you think.

How “real” should the elements incorporated in a haiku be? Where would you draw the link?


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Kalyanee
Kalyanee
Nov 12, 2023

#1, 12.11.23


moon-walking

on the tight rope

called life


Kalyanee Arandhara

Assam, India


Feedback welcome

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lakshmi iyer
lakshmi iyer
Nov 12, 2023

#2, 12/11


sacred rivers

throwing a rupee coin

to pass in the exam


Lakshmi Iyer, India

feedback please


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Ashish Narain
Ashish Narain
Nov 13, 2023
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nice one! :)

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autumn wind…

I have added myself

to the ghosts of this house


Linda Papanicolaou, US

11/11/23

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marilyn ashbaugh
marilyn ashbaugh
Nov 09, 2023

9/11/23 feedback welcome


sleepless night

my fingerprints

on the moon


Marilyn Ashbaugh, USA

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Alfred Booth
Alfred Booth
Nov 09, 2023

#1

**

nightmare sweat

even dead her voice still screams

gale force storms

**

[2023.9.11…d]


Alfred Booth

Lyon, France


(feedback welcome)

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Alfred Booth
Alfred Booth
Nov 11, 2023
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100% American. In France for 43 years. So for me there is always the influence of British spelling in the background. Although I read widely in English I don’t pay attention to whether it’s an American or British author. Unfortunately, I have no photographic memory to remember whether I have seen gale force written with or without a hyphen.

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