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|The Indianness in Contemporary Haiku|
|by Ramesh Anand|
It is an attempt to demonstrate the contemporary haiku accepted by the various journals across the world through my published haiku of Indian essence. Seasonal reference is strongly endorsed by the journals across the world though 5-7-5 format is a long forgotten guideline in English haiku. Most of them still like S/L/S format haiku.
rice fields . . .
Lungi is a piece of cloth that is worn / tied around the waist [something like a sarong], by men. In a hot humid country like India, something that is loosely wrapped around the waist is a more practical way of handling this scorching heat. Since a poor man’s wardrobe would be limited, what he wears in winter might be the same lungi that would have kept him cool in summer too.
Here I clearly see a poor man, in extreme cold weather, hunched and huddled-up, The impact this image creates is noteworthy. The poem is rewarding if readers know a bit about lungi, else it could easily pass off as a pedestrian attempt.
Haiku is made up of unadorned words with an inbuilt emotional dexterity that it needs no special knowledge of a language to enjoy them. In my opinion, a haiku’s strength lies in the world of imagery, and surely not in merely understanding the words as they stand. – Kala Ramesh
In this poem the reader can see the leaves changing colour as autumn arrives and the beautiful colours in the woman’s needlework. Many people will have observed the change that takes place in autumn leaves and will also be familiar with a fine piece of tapestry or needlepoint. – Patricia Prime
the lemon shivers
Really moving Haiku Ramesh Anand and the Haiku is structurally well formed. From the vast term "spring's end" (which acts as the kigo too), suddenly one zooms to the infant and then further zooms to the fingers and finally the haiku, reveals the mysterious fallen petal!
"Fallen petal" is clearly the ageless symbol of "spring's end". But the ancient lore gets a new leash of life with this haiku that brings an infant's innocent fingers to resonate silently, the hidden time element insinuating the eternal ephemeral nature of all existence, in the cosmic biography of a fallen petal. - Vishnu Narayanan
waters of spring . . .
autumn sky . . .
Contemporary haiku follows the fragment and the phrase structure from the traditional haiku. Contemporary haiku when connects the fragment in first line with the phrase in third line turns into classical haiku.
Contemporary haiku is evolving as faster as any other art but keeping the nucleus intact; seasonal reference, cutting line, one breath reading structure, a poet lives in zem moment, captures the observed moment in a truthful manner, gives the reader an inspiration to align with nature etc.,
Decades back, a haiku that is not captured immediately after observing the moment is called desk haiku. In today's contest, everything is desk haiku as it has be represented in an artistic structure.
sound of fountain . . .
new year’s wishes
uphill walking . . .
autumn dawn --
autumn evening –
summer dawn –
autumn dawn --
Each state has special ways of drawing designs on the entrance to their homes. In Southern India, we draw with powdered rice flour, which actually helps to feed the ants and the birds. One of the ways of co-existence that’s practiced even today. – Kala Ramesh
new year dawn--
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