Ms. Minal Sarosh in India is the winner of AKITA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT’S AWARD （国際教養大学学長賞) in the English section of the 7th Japan-Russia Haiku Contest 2018 for the following haiku.
waves of people …
a child wails for her parents
border fences shake
Here is a comment given by the chief judge, Professor David McMurray at the International University of Kagoshima.
A haiku reflecting the challenge of families seeking safe havens around the world was selected as best representing the University President’s Award winner. Penned in a classic form that approximates a 5-7-5 syllable structure because of the well-placed ellipsis on the first line the haiku resonates the sound of a daughter crying with its well-chosen words waves and wails.
Here is a portrait of Ms. Minal Sarosh.
Here are haiku submitted to the Akita International Haiku Network
my custard apple eyes
the shade of a forest grows
from its every seed
–(Muse India, Jan-Feb 2008)
yellow, black , gold
butterfly flirting among the leaves
love smudges my fingers
–(Muse India, Jan-Feb 2008)
a head full of
–(Muse India, Nov-Dec 2009)
doesn’t distort truth
looks me in the eye
–(World Haiku Review August 2011)
seeds without paper
soil without words
–(World Haiku Review august 2011)
a row on the parapet
–(The Four Quarters Magazine April 2012)
suddenly a peacock
darts across the road
– (Four and Twenty poetry journal June 2012)
trying to catch the sun
through the window
– (‘UnFold’ 140 character Poetry Journal April 2012)
face to face with myself
–(‘Unfold’ 140 character Poetry Journal April 2012)
this dry eyed river
has wept enough
–(Haiku News, August 2012)
tuffs of grass
in the wall of reality
dreams fill up cracks
–(World Haiku Review April 2012)
yellow speckled lawn
my face changes color
–(World Haiku Review Dec 2012)
seeking winter homes
red matchstick flamingo legs
walk on the lake
-(The World Haiku Review dec 2012)
worn out shoes
sit quietly on the rack
dreaming of roads
– (World Haiku Review June 2016)
the pen too heavy
to pick words
–(World Haiku Review June 2016)
rain wet grass
the glistening ink
on a blank page
quickly words become water
fill the stream
even the fish doesn’t know
the scales it carries
camels returning home
tired shadows follow
washing tea cups
the morning is stale news
Minal Sarosh is an Indian English poet and novelist.
Her first poetry book ‘Mitosis and Other Poems’, was published by Writers Workshop (1992), Kolkata.
Her first novel ‘Soil for my Roots’ was published by Lifi Publications, New Delhi, 2015.
She has won awards in — (a) All India Poetry Competition 2005 of The Poetry Society (India) Delhi. – Commendation Prize. (b)Creative Writing Competition 2006 of Unisun Publications, Bangalore-Third Prize (c) SMS Poetry Competition 2007 and 2008 Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, Mumbai-Third Prize (d) Unisun Reliance TimeOut Book Club Awards 2008-09 –Special Mention (e) The Akita International University President’s Award – First Prize
Her work has been published in prestigious anthologies and online journals — The Journal of the Poetry Society (India), Chandrabhaga, (Edited by Jayanta Mahapatra), Indian Literature (published by Sahitya Akademi , Delhi), Emerging Voices ( The Poetry Society India), Poetry India: Voices of Hope ( The Poetry Society India, Delhi), Poetry Chronicle, The Silken Web and Winners Vol.III (Unisun Publications), I Me Myself , (Unisun Publications, Bangalore) , Mosaic (Unisun Publications) ‘Soul Feathers’ published by Indigo Dreams, U.K. , ‘These My Words’ The Penguin Book of Indian Poetry. (2012) (Edited by Eunice de Souza and Melanie Silgardo), Femina, ‘The Times of India’ (Ahmedabad), The Grand Indian Express, Poets’ Travelogue edited by Anand Kumar and EquiVerseSpace – A Sound Home in Words chief editor Smeetha Boumik
In Online journals —-Muse India, Asia Writes, Danse Macabre, Other Voices International Project, ‘The Brown Critique’, Nether, Kritya, UltraViolet, The Four Quarters Magazine, Open Road Review and Asian Signature.
Her short form poetry like haiku, senryu have been published in— Muse India, World Haiku Review, Haiku News, unFold, Four and Twenty journal (June 2012 Vol 5 Issue 6), The Four QuartersMagazine and the ‘FIRST Katha ebook’ of haiku, haiban, senryu and tanka’ (Issue Diwali Special 2013) and ‘Naad Anunaad’ anthology of contemporary world haiku—Editor-in-Chief: Kala Ramesh ( Vishwakarma Publications, Pune. 2016)
Her poem ‘Fingers at Work’ was read on World Poetry Café Radio Show, Canada, on Vancouver Co-op Radio (CFRO 102.7) FM —June 8, 2017
She lives in India in Ahmedabad, a heritage city, which lives in its past as much as its present. So it’s not surprising that it continues to inspire her poetry as well as fiction.
Translated into Japanese by Hidenori Hiruta
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