TANKA TAKE HOME | 12 january

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TANKA TAKE HOME hosts: Firdaus Parvez & Kala Ramesh A WEDNESDAY FEATURE TANKA-PROSE: part II

12 Jan POST


As the name suggests – it means prose (like in haibun) embedded with a tanka.


If you want to learn more about the intricacies of tanka-prose here is a link:

1. The Elements of Tanka-Prose by Jeffrey Woodward

The tanka-prose I have as an example here, is Kanjini Devi’s TP from Narrow Road, December 2020, when I was their guest editor for haibun.

Eight Precepts

I've been at the monastery for several weeks. Participating in predawn prayers — I soak up Sanskrit like a sponge. After recitations, the head monk himself is performing the ritual of shaving my head. The nuns have made all the necessary preparations. There is no turning back — bringing my hands in Anjali Mudra, I close my eyes.

critters exposed

by a retracting tide

Guru Purnima

the ebb and flow

of my thoughts

Bald and in white garb, I am embraced by the eldest nun. Beaming, she hands me a key to one of the huts. I am grateful to be given sanctum and sustenance. Approaching a rust-rimmed mirror, I trace the absence of my tresses with both hands.

Kanjini Devi

The Far North, Aotearoa NZ

Post both your individual tanka, kyoka and tanka-prose. Experience the joy of sharing your poems.


To motivate and inspire you further, here's a tanka! the playful wind

flirts with my hair

now I understand

why you wear

the hijab

Dorothy Walker KOKA 13. September 2010.

Just an important request!

1. If you like your poem to be critiqued ... please add that line under your poem. There are poets who don't want feedback for their poems - so we let them be :)) I'm all for receiving critique for my poems. You don't have to accept or defend your stand. Feedback are just feedback! Like I'm fond of saying - you take or toss!

_kala _()_

We are delighted to open the comment thread for you to share your unpublished tanka and tanka-prose (within 300 words) to be considered for inclusion in haikuKATHA monthly magazine.


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