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triveni spotlight: 1st january

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


Summer twilight—

a woman’s song

mingles with the bathwater


Patricia Donegan Woodnotes #3, Autumn 1989


About the poet:

Patricia’s poem won first place in the first HPNC haiku contest, which, for its first year, admitted entries from women only, with 659 poems received. Anita Virgil and Adele Kenny served as judges, and the results were first published in Woodnotes. This is a beautiful and feminine image, and readers may wonder if the bath is for the woman herself (most likely) or if a mother is singing for her child. Patricia would go on to publish numerous well-regarded books on haiku such as Haiku Mind, a book about haiku for children, and a definitive translation of Chiyo-ni.



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 is going to be a treat for our members. _()_ Thank you so much, Michael.

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Katherine E Winnick
Katherine E Winnick
2023년 1월 06일

So beautiful

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I love this one. Whenever I read it, I think of "Woman in her Bath" by Edgar Degas.

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Lovely ku! Tender, sensuous and with a Chiyo-nish flavour. Looking forward to this month.

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Kala Ramesh
Kala Ramesh
2023년 1월 01일

I wish more of our members drop in here to enjoy this selerction. Michael has also said he would drop in once in a whike to join in the discussion.

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So sweet!

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