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triveni spotlight : 3 july

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

Theme: hand play



master potter

almost not touching

the clay


Alan S. Bridges

The Heron’s Nest

Vol. XIII, No. 1 (March 2011)


All these poems were originally published in The Heron's Nest. I chose to confine my search there not just for the quality but also for the convenience of its online archive. Scott Mason



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lakshmi iyer
lakshmi iyer
04. Juli 2022

'Selfless work'

This is what I would judge upon the line 2 which says

'almost not touching the clay'

Without any expectations.

He is a Master Potter and so his hands shape the pot automatically. He doesn't need to look at the colour, the weight, the water, the clay.... everything is on its own. Detached from the worldly things and yet attached to the work he has to do for his livelihood.

Isn't this a beautiful example of living our lives? So simple and yet a message in what we do.

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Billie Dee
Billie Dee
03. Juli 2022

master potter

almost not touching

the clay

---Alan S. Bridges


Alan’s poem is simply stated, easily understood, and yet, deeply reflective—like what the potter is doing. At a certain point, a master artist/craftsman seems to simply will a piece of art into existence, and the body follows along reflexively, "almost not touching." It’s a state of being outside oneself, yet intensely engaged with the inner workings of cognition.

This is where the artificial mind/body partition of Descartes breaks down; a point where one’s identity becomes merged with the physical world---the clay, in this instance. I see this as a primal sort of awareness, one we have traded for “civilization.” Call it artistic transport. Call it “being in the groove…


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lakshmi iyer
lakshmi iyer
04. Juli 2022
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Lovely!!

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Kala Ramesh
Kala Ramesh
03. Juli 2022

For me, this haiku spoke through music. Any art will flourish without the author's intrusion. Ls 2 & 3 talk of just that! master potter

almost not touching

the clay


This has repercussions in almost everything we do.

To be a mother and still not smother our kids. Crushing and hugging her each time. To allow the child to be.

The more I meditate on this haiku - the more it yields.


Thanks, Scott.

I wish you could drop in and share your thoughts with us, here. _()_

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lakshmi iyer
lakshmi iyer
04. Juli 2022
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Yes!!

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A master potter - i have never done this but my first thought is: what could a master potter teach me about mastering my own craft: poetry. The next two lines give me food for thought. A master tanka poet is subtle, just giving enough detail to spark the imagination.this is especially true of the Japanese tanka writers.

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Kala Ramesh
Kala Ramesh
03. Juli 2022
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Beautiful. ken. Loved your way of seeing this ku.


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