three monoku by Pravat Kumar Padhy

fallen leaves light darkens upside down


space rocks the strange visitors near the entrance


the clouds disappear into colourless



Pravat Kumar Padhy hails from Odisha, India. He holds Masters in Science and Technology and a Ph.D from Indian Institute of Technology (ISM), Dhanbad. His literary work cited in Interviews with Indian Writing in English, Spectrum History of Indian Literature in English, Alienation in Contemporary Indian English Poetry, Cultural and Philosophical Reflections in Indian Poetry in English etc. His Japanese short form of poetry appeared in various international journals and anthologies. His haiku won Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Honourable Mention, UNESCO International Year Award of Water Co-operation, The Kloštar Ivanić International Haiku Award, IAFOR Vladimir Devide Haiku Award, 7th Setouchi Matsuyama International Photo Haiku Award, and others. As a mark of recognition, his tanka, ‘I mingle’ is featured in the “Kudo Resource Guide”, University of California, Berkeley. Recently his haiku has been selected for inclusion in the Red Moon Anthology, 2018.

His monoku are published in many journals and anthologies including Presence, Frogpond, Under the Basho, Asahi Shimbun, Otata, Akitsu Quarterly, The Heron’s Nest, Modern Haiku, Red Moon Anthology and others. His essay, Monoku: An Experiment with Minimalism in Haiku Literature” appeared in Under the Basho, 2018.

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