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triveni spotlight: 21st january

Updated: Jan 22

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

five years

in the wrong window;

the violet’s first bloom

Kay F. Anderson Woodnotes #22, Autumn 1994

About the poem:

I once shared this poem with a friend of mine who immediately wanted to keep a copy. She had just moved to San Francisco to start a new life after ending a five-year marriage. She felt like she was finally blooming after being in the “wrong window” for all those years. On the surface, this poem is about just the flower itself, but the deeper meaning is what we bring to it as readers, as my friend did. For me it’s also a caution against procrastination—it reminds me of Gary Snyder’s “After weeks of watching the roof leak / I fixed it tonight / by moving a single board.” Isn’t that how life is sometimes?

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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