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triveni spotlight: 17th July 2023

triveni spotlight A FEATURE EVERY ALTERNATE DAY! hosts: Kala Ramesh and Vidya Shankar GUEST EDITOR: Nandita Jain Mahajan, July 2023


the short summer night

the dream and real

are same things.




deep summer grass

how gently he removes

her glasses


Roberta Beary Presence 63 (2019)



Thank you for giving me an opportunity to present my selection. Though the task of selecting haiku for Triveni Spotlight was very difficult, I found it very rewarding. I spent several hours going through poems available in the public domain and those from books in my personal collection. I read and re-read, shortlisted again and again paring down the list till I could do no more. It was a sheer joy to read such fantastic works - my heart is full ... so happy.

I tried to keep the poems different from what other guest editors had selected earlier. However, there is bound to be some repetition. I found myself leaning towards old Japanese masters like Basho, Issa, Shiki, and Ryokan but equally drawn to women poets like Chiyo-ni and Rengetsu. The simplicity, charm, and timeless quality are what pull me to their haiku. What a picture they paint! And, the space between what is said and what is unsaid. So many different interpretations which helped me connect to these poems.

Amongst the contemporary poets, I found myself opting for those that tugged at my heart. The poems span longing, sadness, hopelessness, hope, love, and gentleness. These are those that I could read over and over again, especially at dusk, when my mind is quiet and at peace. And then, something interesting happened. I realised that I could pair the masters with the contemporary - similar thoughts and subjects but different treatment. I hope you enjoy this selection. Nandita Jain Mahajan


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What a unique and refreshing way of handling this month's triveni spotlight selections! Watch out for this space, every alternate day, dear readers, you are in for a real treat! Thank you, Nandita. We are waiting to see the month unfold. _()_

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Vidya Shankar
Vidya Shankar
Jul 18, 2023

The said and the unsaid... I am in awe of this pairing.

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The pairing is only as good as the reader makes it out to be. Glad you liked it Vidya!!

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Another beautifully matched pair Nandita.

It is what's not said in the second one that opens it up for dreaming.

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Kala Ramesh
Kala Ramesh
Jul 17, 2023
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I totally agree with you, Lorraine, about the second one is layered. Nice pairimg.

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lakshmi iyer
lakshmi iyer
Jul 16, 2023

Liked the way both the poems speak of summer and also of the fact that the way they seem to interact with each other as one talking of dreams and real and the other slowly moving one's glasses to clear that vision.

Pondering over that full stop in poem one.

Thank you Nandita!!

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Kala Ramesh
Kala Ramesh
Jul 17, 2023
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Nice interpretation, Lakshmi.

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