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triveni spotlight: 27 February 2024

triveni spotlight A FEATURE EVERY ALTERNATE DAY! hosts: Vidya Shankar and Teji Sethi GUEST EDITOR: Namratha Varadharajan 27 February 2024


lies within the listener—

a cuckoo's call


— Chiyo-ni


Published in Chiyo-ni: Woman Haiku Master, Translated by Patricia Donegan/Yoshie Ishibashi

My theme is haikai poems from books I have read and enjoyed and want to share with the Triveni family. Each poem is from a different book and there are a range of subjects. Hope you and Triveni visitors enjoy the poems.

Namratha Varadharajan

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Thank you for being our next guest editor, Namratha. It will be great to read poems immortalized on paper. I am sure our members will look forward to reading your selections all through this month.


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Although we frequently read in well-meaning guidelines that statements and aphorisms are to be avoided in haiku, many of the best-loved verses by the masters are just such. I have a whole stack of them in a file. I wonder whether the ELH editors of today would accept this fine haiku by Chiyo-ni if submitted under some other name, or reject it as being 'authorial' ?....


Beautiful ku, Namratha


counting down from ten…

a pugilist sucks air through

a broken tooth


So simple but so profound. Beautiful. Thank you.


Excellent! Thank you...

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