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triveni spotlight: November 2022

A FEATURE EVERY ALTERNATE DAY! Hosts: Teji Sethi and Kala Ramesh

These poems have been pulled from my ever-growing document of favorite haiku. Some I have admired for years, while others I have newly discovered. This is the joy of poetry, as of life: its ever-changing course of discovery. I encourage all readers of poetry to keep such a file. As far as has been possible, I have obtained permission from the writers to share them. – Paul Miller (paul m.)

-- Paul Miller (paul m.)

1 Billie Wilson

First Place 2003 Harold Henderson Award

whalebone

from a beach near Savoonga—

winter rain



2

Mike Taylor

Modern Haiku 19.3 (1988)


the bluest sky through the noose



3

Bob Boldman

Cicada 4:4 (1980)


leaves blowing into a sentence



4

Carolyn Hall

Calculus of Daylilies (2017)


a shovelful

of rattlesnake

the long day



5

GRIX

The New Green (2021)


learning the pine needles in my spine



6

Brad Bennett

A Drop of Pond (2016)


a swan

flies over the pond

bones whistling



7

Bill Cooper

Tending Gumbo. (2020)


over the egg

that never opens

fresh grass



8

Katō Shūson

Modern Japanese Haiku, trans. Makoto Ueda (1976)


I kill an ant

and realize my three children

have been watching



9

Lee Gurga

Modern Haiku 24.3 (1993)


burying the horse’s

afterbirth —

summer heat



10

Steve Hodge

Frogpond 39.2 (2016)


third deployment

the unfinished dollhouse

beneath a sheet



11 Kanchan Chatterjee

Scattered Leaves (2020)


between thunder claps …

the front door’s

soft creak



12 Eve Luckring

Heron's Nest XVII:3 (2015)


if trees could be landlords



13 Cherie Hunter Day

Modern Haiku 43:1 (2012)


winding road

for the next eight miles

Coltrane



14 John Barlow

2006 Robert Spiess Memorial Haiku Award, Second Place


the piano hammers

barely moving …

night snow



15

Thomas Powell

Clay Moon (2020)


year’s end frost

the field with a cattle trough

empty of cattle



16

Chiyo-ni

Woman Haiku Master, trans. Patricia Donegan (1998)


to the one breaking it—

the fragrance

of the plum

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Each one is worth reading again and again. Savoured all of them. Thank you for sharing these!

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Richa Sharma
Richa Sharma
Dec 15, 2022

Lovely poems. Thank you for sharing!

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Bonnie J Scherer
Bonnie J Scherer
Dec 15, 2022

I took my time reading through all the poems to let each one soak into my veins. 🙂

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Reid Hepworth
Reid Hepworth
Dec 15, 2022

All are incredible! Thank you for sharing!

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