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triveni spotlight: 11th January 2024

triveni spotlight A FEATURE EVERY ALTERNATE DAY! hosts: Vidya Shankar and Teji Sethi GUEST EDITOR: Vandana Parashar 11th January 2024



autumn night 

everything so far

a preface 


— Susan Antolin

(The Heron’s Nest, Vol. XXIII, Issue 1, Spring 2021)




I’m sure I’m not the only one maintaining a diary of my favourite ku. Unlike the personal diary, it’s an absolute pleasure to share the contents of this diary with everyone. They say that joy is doubled when shared and God knows the world needs more and more of that. 


The haiku and senryu I have chosen aren’t mere observations on the poet’s part. They are a lesson on how to choose and arrange the words to turn a simple observation into poetry. These are the poems which will make you realize there is much more to everything than can be perceived by our senses. A good poem should make you feel things you thought yourself incapable of and surprise you again and again into a sudden awakening and thus to a deeper sense of what it is to be truly alive. I hope that these poems will succeed in doing that. 


- Vandana Parashar

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Thank you for being our next guest editor, Vandana. We are looking forward to this month-long selections. Wow! This is going to be a treat!

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Kala Ramesh
Kala Ramesh
12 ม.ค.

Lovely poem. L3 comes as a surprise.

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lakshmi iyer
lakshmi iyer
11 ม.ค.

I liked the usage of 'preface'.

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Biswajit Mishra
Biswajit Mishra
11 ม.ค.

A lovely poem but enigmatic to me and that's why It sends me on a trip of exploration. Autumn generally is the season of the fall which is followed by winter. Depending upon where one lives, winter can be very harsh. So when Susan talks about the previous being a "preface" the winter after that seems grim and pessimistic. But in some parts of the world, it could be all good after the fall to have a harvest season (as in India) and a season of festivals extending from autumn through winter. On the other side, Susan has paired "night' with "autumn" which would generally mean the day would come with sun and brightness and thus seems optimistic. It is…

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Biswajit Mishra
Biswajit Mishra
11 ม.ค.
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That's right Robert. But within the anticipation, there could be an implicit duality. Your poem is beautiful. However, if I changed the L1 to day end then there would be still light on the horizon but the imagery and metaphoric depiction would change. But more than that Susan gave an opinion about the prior situation by saying "preface" which makes me believe she is expecting a more grandiose outcome like the book is yet to begin and what is the direction of the outcome, I am trying to visualize. It could be just a philosophical or spiritual musing at the autumn of life planning to live a fuller life in the future. It's just my curiosity and it could be…

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Another fine selection, Vandana.

in each tremble

more moonlight

through the oak grove

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