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triveni spotlight : 23 june

triveni spotlight A FEATURE EVERY ALTERNATE DAY! hosts: Teji Sethi and Kala Ramesh guest editor: Geethanjali Rajan

theme: listening



this field

of rippling gold . . .

skylark song


Chen-ou Liu, Canada


(Cattails, April 2018)





Note by the editor: The theme for June 2022 is ‘listening’. I hope you enjoy the music, sounds, and silences of nature in these showcased poems of close observation.





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RS
RS
Jun 23, 2022

Lovely poem. Love his work!

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This haiku by Chen-ou Liu is rich in colour, sight and song. The phrase is strong and arresting - reminds me of fields here just before harvest.

A classical structure in this haiku where the reader holds the image of the field and breathes it in, pauses, and then hears the skylark's beautiful song.

Thank you for a visual-aural-classic haiku!


Geethanjali


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Billie Dee
Billie Dee
Jun 22, 2022

this field

of rippling gold . . .

skylark song

---Chen-ou Liu, Canada (Cattails, 4/2018)


Ok:

This . . . [try not to weep] and this . . . and this amazing mid-air display!


It’s all here in Chen-ou Liu’s tight and very complete poem. Let’s ripple along with him in that golden field of wheat. Thanks for another lovely selection Geethanjali.


---Billie, Kiku Makura


. . . and, while we’re at it: THIS

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Billie Dee
Billie Dee
Jun 23, 2022
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The first time I saw the Eurasian skylark was in County Cork, Ireland. I couldn't believe my eyes and ears. That little bird hovered and sang for over 10 minutes. The strength! (The audacity!) I wouldn't have appreciated Chen-ou's poem so deeply had I not witnessed this feat for myself. That's why I posted that link; you have to see it to believe it. And to think it's all about sexual dominance. . .

I couldn't think of any better way to show my strong feelings for this poem than to show how other artists have reacted to the skylark. I guess I could have quoted Chaucer or Shakespeare, but music is more emotional, at least for me.

We …


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