Saturday, September 6, 2008

Angelee Deodhar - Three Questions

Angelee Deodhar is a poet, translator, and artist from India. A member of several haiku groups worldwide, her haiku and haiga have been published internationally in various books, journals and on the Internet. She has been an invited speaker at several international conferences. She has made the promotion of haiku and its related forms throughout the world her life's work. She has translated five books from English to Hindi as resource books for haijin in India.

Angelee is an eye surgeon, and has also been published in medical magazines. She lives in Chandigarh with her physician husband, her son and daughter-in-law and a cocker spaniel.

1.Why do you write haiku?

For me writing haiku is a way of life, of living in the now. I observe that each day my own nature unfolds in response to the changing seasons. I try to capture something each day, the essence of that day in a haiku. It helps me to simplify my life and live more fully and peacefully.

2. What other poetic forms do you enjoy?

I enjoy all forms of poetry, but find shorter forms like the tanka, and the haibun are more attractive now.

3. Of the many wonderful haiku you've written, what do you consider to be your top three? (Please provide original publication credits)

pail in hand
I trace the muddy path
of childhood mushrooms

Haiku World, An International Poetry Almanac, William J. Higginson, Kodansha International 1996.

harvest moon
scooping it out of the lake
the rustle of leaves

Honorable Mention,

rumors of war
up into a darkening sky
- a child's newsprint kite

Third Prize, The Robert Spiess Memorial Haiku Award for 2003

Merrill Gonzales will be our Haiku - Three Questions guest next week.

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