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triveni spotlight: 01 july 2024

triveni spotlight A FEATURE EVERY ALTERNATE DAY! hosts: Vidya Shankar and Teji Sethi GUEST EDITOR: Daipayan Nair 01 July 2024


until it's a noun garden

Matthew Markworth

             Red Moon Anthology, 2024

             Touchstone Award, 2024



The essence of 'wordplay' in haikai is often overlooked. This skill can transform an ordinarily simple poem into an extraordinarily great haiku. As Basho quotes, "Real poetry is to lead a beautiful life. To live poetry is better than to write it." So, for this month, I have tried to explore those haiku which strive to live poetry in terms of imagery, specificity and masterful blending, exhibiting the utmost precision in wordplay. To describe the world in a fistful of words is a difficult art. I hope all of you will enjoy reading these selections which uphold one of the most important aspects of haiku writing — brevity.

Thank you all.

Daipayan Nair

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Thank you for being our next guest editor, Daipayan. We look forward to "living a beautiful life" all through this month.


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As an avid gardener, Daipayan, this one knocks the pumpkin out of my hands!


Amazing one Daipayan! 👌


Love this one, it was in the 100 best haiku that I've just read.

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Thank you Alan.


A memorable line that skittles some of the dour conventions of the genre in English. Didactic, aphoristic, intellectual, and not of a single present moment (for each of which aspects there are magisterial precedents), the line nevertheless radiates haiku spirit, a contemplative classic in plain words. As a gardener, I love it. In the mind, too. We garden while we can, but ‘a’ garden, ‘the’ garden, is never finished, never static: the constant change (think Dao, Zhuangzhi). Echoes also of Voltaire. Not to mention Eden —’the’ garden — and a state of being without knowing.

A cultivated haiku.



I'm looking forward to the month ahead and we're off to a good start. I love this one.

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