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triveni spotlight: 5th january

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

which is the way?

the fallen pine needles point

in all directions

John Thompson

Woodnotes #9, Spring/Summer 1991

About the poem:

This has always been a memorable poem to me, not only because of its uncommon use of a question mark but because of its vivid image. The question is not just of finding one’s way through a forest but of finding one’s way through life.

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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A wonderful haiku Michael. Yes, our way through life does feel a bit hit and miss.


Lovely choice Michael. I shared this on the “haiku feedback” fb page this morning. Someone questioning the use of the question mark.


lakshmi iyer
lakshmi iyer
Jan 05, 2023

Nice imagery and much is said about in line one!!

Thanks Michael!

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