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triveni spotlight: 17th March 2023

triveni spotlight A FEATURE EVERY ALTERNATE DAY! hosts: Teji Sethi and Kala Ramesh GUEST EDITOR: John Stevenson

wheat equidistant from each ocean

Alan S. Bridges

The Heron’s Nest, 15.3

John Stevenson (born October 9, 1948, Ithaca, New York), professional actor, especially in playback theater, and haiku poet and editor. He began college as a visual art major and finished with a degree in theater. Before retiring in 2015, he worked as a human resources administrator for the New York State Office of Mental Health. His first poetry publication occurred at age 8, and his interest in haiku dates from 1992. He is a founding member of the Route 9 Haiku Group and its journal Upstate Dim Sum, and has served as regional coordinator, president, second vice president, treasurer, associate editor, and editor of Frogpond for the Haiku Society of America. In 2013 he received the HSA Sora Award for service to haiku, and from 2018 to 2019 he was the honorary curator for the American Haiku Archives at the California State Library. Since 2008 he has served as managing editor of The Heron’s Nest. His haiku collections include: Something Unerasable (1996), Some of the Silence (1999, 2008), Quiet Enough (2004, 2008, 2016, 2018), Live Again (2009), d(ark) (2014), and emoji moon (2018). He has received over 200 awards for haiku and haiku-related poetry. Since 1985 he has resided in the Village of Nassau, New York. _()_ Thank you so much, John.

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lakshmi iyer
lakshmi iyer
Mar 17, 2023

This was a real homework. I looked up to Google and found that ,

'Kansas is located equidistant from the Pacific and the Atlantic Ocean. The geographic center of North America is located in Osborne County. This spot is used as the central reference point for all maps produced by the government. Kansas leads the states in wheat production.'

But, I am still trying to find out why he chose to write this way. Maybe he was trying to give dignity to the staple crop and the 'golden seas of grain' that stands out. (And maybe something to do with the planting of the wheat. Just a guess work.)

Thank you.

Meera Rehm
Meera Rehm
Mar 18, 2023
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Thanks Lakshmi.

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