hosts: Firdaus Parvez & Kala Ramesh guest editor: Kozue Uzawa
in his story
with each telling
this cold, cold wind
— Susan Constable GUSTS #34, October 2021
GUSTS: Contemporary Tanka
We requested Kozue Uzawa, editor GUSTS: Contemporary Tanka, to send us her pick of tanka for the month of November from her publication. She graciously sent us four, this is the second one. This tanka is so subtle and beautiful in the way it shows lies and excuses. The poet has captured the chill of a disintegrating relationship in 16 syllables. I love the minimalist approach, and the repetition of 'cold' works so well here. This is my interpretation of the poem. What do you make of it? We would love to hear your stories in a tanka.