World Haiku Series 2020 (66) Haiku by Milena Nedbaeva

dot dot dot
on the passerby's face
winter rains

spring blooms
an old plum curls


snowflake smell
louder than crickets' songs
the southerner's dream


summer rain
he doesn't worry about
your wrinkles

lighthearted crowd 
on the cross of the world
the flute voice is quiet…


your fragrance still lingers 

1、2、 3、...
autumn strings
out the window wide open
heart beats

the cane tick-ticks away
gentle scent of her perfume
on my hand


December rains
Monet's lady drowns
in the sun puddles

Mozart's "Requiem"
high note 
first snow


― Translated into Japanese by Hidenori Hiruta

My name is Milena Nedbaeva. I am 47 years old. I live and work in Odessa, Ukraine. 
Graduated from the Art classes of the Mariinsky gymnasium (Odessa, 1989 - 1991). Graduated from the Art and Graphics Faculty of the South Ukrainian National Pedagogical University named after K. D. Ushinsky with an MA diploma (Odessa, 1991 - 1997). 
In 2011, after years of private practice of interior design, I quit design and then I was drawn to the photography and performance arts. I studied the history, theory and practice of photography art in the inspiring courses of photographers Anna Golubovskaya, Vladislav Petrovsky, Yuri Bershadsky. In 2017, my solo photography exhibition "The Mirror" was shown in the Odessa Art Center "Underpub". Also, I studied performance art at the Lviv School of Performance, in the British performer Denise Blacker's group. I also participated in the encouraging workshops by Kanadian director and performer Michael Devine, by Japanese butoh performer Hi Hal, German modern conceptual composer Bernd Schultheis.
Now, I am an author and co-author of more than 50 public performances which were shown in those art & culture official platforms as the Odessa Museum of Western and Eastern Art, the Museum of Odessa Modern Art, the theater space "TEO", the Lviv "Days of Performance Art" festival, the Odessa International Theatre Festival and other culture events in Odessa and other Ukrainian cities. 
In artworks, I experiment with synthesis of various arts and media: visual art, sound-not-music, movement-not-dance as the study of solidity and space, theater, literature, photography and video, etc. The contemplative style refers to the philosophy, aesthetics and rituals of the Eastern cultures, mostly Japanese traditional Zen practices without a literary, word-for-word borrowing or vulgar imitation. Being rethought and redesigned according to the particular objectives and concepts of the projects, it becomes just another tool for translating the symbols and semantics of the author's artistic text, offered to the audience for the reading in the modern conceptual or meditative performances. As a matter of principle, I prefer to work not with a mentally prepared audience, but with random passers-by in open urban spaces.
I also translated my passion, knowledge and experience into lectures for adults and children which were read in different locations: Philosophical Faculty of Odessa National University named after I. I. Mechnikov, etc. I also was invited for interviews on the local TV.
I started writing haiku, senryu, haibun, haiga in Russian and English languages two or three years ago. And now I am excited about deeper immersion into Japanese culture through the researching and practice of classical and modern haikai art. 

2 thoughts on “World Haiku Series 2020 (66) Haiku by Milena Nedbaeva

  1. Milena,

    I enjoyed reading your haiku and then the haiga was beautifully done.
    Your bio sketch made very interesting reading.
    Loved your whole presentation.
    Thanks, Hidenori.

  2. Dear Kala Ramesh,

    thank you so much for your kind attention! I’ve seen your “a thousand flutes…” and, as a sound performer, I like it a lot! I would like to read more your haiku. If you don’t mind, please give me a link 🙂

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