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triveni spotlight: 5th March 2023

Updated: Mar 5, 2023

triveni spotlight A FEATURE EVERY ALTERNATE DAY! hosts: Teji Sethi and Kala Ramesh GUEST EDITOR: John Stevenson



noh play—

watching the throat

behind the mask


Hilary Tann Upstate Dim Sum, 2004/1



This month is going to be a treat for our members. _()_ Thank you so much, John.

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Alan Summers
Alan Summers
Mar 05, 2023

There is a spelling mistake. It's not troat but throat:


noh play—

watching the throat

behind the mask

Hilary Tann

Upstate Dim Sum, 2004/1


We lost this amazing Welsh-American poet just last month:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hilary_Tann


Amazing haikai verse. Just the last two lines, we could watch someone's throat as we all wear masks out in public spaces.


The first line lets us know instantly that the author (and friends) are at a Noh play, famous in Japan and elsewhere, where performers have ornate masks. Of course the irony is that the audience may be wearing metaphorical masks during the performance, and again for social drinks after perhaps.


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Alan Summers
Alan Summers
Mar 06, 2023
Replying to

It says 8 February 2023 is the day she died:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hilary_Tann


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Billie Dee
Billie Dee
Mar 04, 2023

noh play—

watching the throat

behind the mask

Hilary Tann


It doesn't get much better than this. . . Tann is one of my favorite haikai poets.


---Billie


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