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triveni spotlight: 09 july 2024

triveni spotlight A FEATURE EVERY ALTERNATE DAY! hosts: Vidya Shankar and Teji Sethi GUEST EDITOR: Daipayan Nair 09 July 2024


 

white sails...

a wind has also shaped

the tree



— Alan Summers 


 Azami #21 ed. Ikkoku Santo (Japan, 1994)

 

 

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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This makes me feel joyful just reading it, lovely Alan.

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Alan Summers
Alan Summers
3 days ago
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Many thanks! The wind is an extraordinary phenomenon! 💨

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Congratulations dear Alan! Truly a masterpiece ku…thanks to Daipayan for putting it under the spotlight! 👌💕

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Many thanks!!!


I'm delighted that this oh-so-early-composed haiku is still appreciated!

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Dear Alan,


Congratulations on having your creative experience chosen as the inspiration for this writing prompt. Wonderful use of imagery. Keep up the good writing.


Karen

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I've been doing my best. 😉

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mona bedi
mona bedi
Jul 08

A good one from Alan!

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Many thanks to Daipayan Nair for selecting this haiku:


white sails...

a wind has also shaped

the tree


Alan Summers


First Publication: Azami #21 ed. Ikkoku Santo (Japan, 1994)

Reprinted Azami #22 & 27 (Japan, 1995)


Other publication credits:

Micropress Yates (Australia 1995); Mainichi Shimbun (Japan, 2005); tinywords (2006);

Aesthetics (Bath Spa University publication, Summer 2007)


Anthology credits:

Faces and Place ed. Don Baird (The Little Buddha Press 2015)

a procession of ripples, an anthology of selected haiku ed. laryalee fraser (2006)


Feature:

A selection of haiku by Alan Summers

Seashores, an international journal to share the spirit of haiku

Issue 9 (November 2022)


Article: Haiku: The Art of Implication over Explication

https://livinghaikuanthology.com/poets-on-haiku/defining-haiku/2901-haiku-the-art-of-implication-over-explication-by-alan-summers.html

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