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triveni spotlight: 9th July 2023

triveni spotlight A FEATURE EVERY ALTERNATE DAY! hosts: Teji Sethi and Kala Ramesh GUEST EDITOR: Nandita Jain Mahajan, July 2023



The thief left it behind:

the moon

at my window


by Ryokan

English version by Stephen Mitchell

Original Language Japanese

December 2022 Haiku about Hope



new winter boots

the moon arrives

on the front porch


Laryalee Fraser

https://thehaikufoundation.org/omeka/files/original/a669186de2ff30306848bb9ab25f8111.pdf



Thank you for giving me an opportunity to present my selection. Though the task of selecting haiku for Triveni Spotlight was very difficult, I found it very rewarding. I spent several hours going through poems available in the public domain and those from books in my personal collection. I read and re-read, shortlisted again and again paring down the list till I could do no more. It was a sheer joy to read such fantastic works - my heart is full ... so happy.

I tried to keep the poems different from what other guest editors had selected earlier. However, there is bound to be some repetition. I found myself leaning towards old Japanese masters like Basho, Issa, Shiki, and Ryokan but equally drawn to women poets like Chiyo-ni and Rengetsu. The simplicity, charm, and timeless quality is what pull me to their haiku. What a picture they paint! And, the space between what is said and what is unsaid. So many different interpretations which helped me connect to these poems.

Amongst the contemporary poets, I found myself opting for those that tugged at my heart. The poems span longing, sadness, hopelessness, hope, love, and gentleness. These are those that I could read over and over again, especially at dusk, when my mind is quiet and at peace. And then, something interesting happened. I realised that I could pair the masters with the contemporary - similar thoughts and subjects but different treatment. I hope you enjoy this selection. Nandita Jain Mahajan


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What a unique and refreshing way of handling this month's triveni spotlight selections! Watch out for this space, every alternate day, dear readers, you are in for a real treat! Thank you, Nandita. We are waiting to see the month unfold. _()_

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Exquisite pairing! Enjoying reading these paired poems.

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mona bedi
mona bedi
11 jul 2023

Lovely poems! The moon has always remained a constant in our lives… new beginnings or sad endings…

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Rupa Anand
Rupa Anand
11 jul 2023

This new Spotlight is refreshing and young. I would like to compliment Nandita here in her choice of poems. The two “moon” haiku, one arriving, the other departing, signifying the constant duality in our lives are excellent. And thank you.

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Mallika Chari
Mallika Chari
11 jul 2023

Such a wonderful read,

i Noted down both the pieces.


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love that Ryokan poem—a reminder not to get too attached to material things.

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