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triveni spotlight: 19th january

triveni spotlight A FEATURE EVERY ALTERNATE DAY! hosts: Teji Sethi and Kala Ramesh GUEST EDITOR: Michael Dylan Welch

knocking on the hive—

the hum of winter bees

rises a moment

Paul O. Williams Woodnotes #20, Spring 1994

About the poem:

This is a subtle poem, of delicate awareness. Why does the poet knock on the hive? Surely to see how the bees are doing—it is winter, after all. The hum’s rise in pitch comes as a reassurance, in response to the poet’s knock. The word “winter” heightens the husbandry or the caring attitude central to this haiku’s success.

Note by the Editor

Woodnotes triveni spotlight

by Michael Dylan Welch

From 1989 to 1997, in various capacities, I edited or helped to edit Woodnotes, the quarterly journal of the Haiku Poets of Northern California, and in 1996 I took on the journal independently before replacing it with my new journal Tundra. I lived in the San Francisco area for more than a dozen years and was active with HPNC from its first year in 1989 until I moved north to Seattle in 2002. Working on Woodnotes with such coeditors as vincent tripi, Ebba Story, Christopher Herold, and Paul O. Williams was a fine education in the art of haiku. The following are selections of favourite haiku and senryu from the journal’s 31 issues, with brief commentary. These poems are expressions of wonder, or as Billy Collins once described haiku, they exhibit “existential gratitude.” In return, I am deeply grateful for the thousands of poems published in Woodnotes over the years, and the hundreds of poets who contributed to the journal’s success. * * * * * This month is going to be a treat for our members. _()_ Thank you so much, Michael.

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חבר/ה לא ידוע/ה
19 בינו׳ 2023

Reassurance is palpable in the voice of this poem. In a winter landscape, when all seems bleak and silent, the search for a sign of life and hope for spring is a universal search. Again, I always find that a simple image in a poem carries a larger meaning and this one conveys a lot to me.


lakshmi iyer
lakshmi iyer
19 בינו׳ 2023

The subtlety of the poem depends on the arrangement of words too. And it is so fresh here.

Sight, sound and the experience!!

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