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TANKA TAKE HOME - 12th October 2022 | poets of the month - the 4 editors!

Updated: Oct 12, 2022

hosts: Firdaus Parvez, Kala Ramesh, Priti Aisola & Suraja Menon Roychowdhury

Introducing a new perspective to our Wednesday Feature!

poet of the month: the FOUR EDITORS of Tanka Take Home

12th October -

Priti Aisola will be our featured poet this week. Priti's tanka has elegance and charm. Her meticulous weaving of words shows her mastery of the English language. And, the honesty in her writing shakes me up each time. Soft-spoken, (though I haven't met her yet, except in zoom meetings!) Priti comes across as a highly sensitive and caring person. Oh! I forgot to tell you - she is excellent at editing. Our poems are a reflection of us, isn't it? Enjoy. Take the time to unravel what we have in store for you.

You won't be disappointed.

jolted awake

by the rumble

of the dawn train …

the times I checked on you

to see if you were breathing

Ribbons, Fall issue 2021

on the road ahead

potholes and loose gravel

what would life be

if it were

a hurdle-free ride?

cattails, Autumn/October issue, 2020


the gate swings open

is it the wind

or you keeping

your promise to return?

moonbathing Issue 25, 2021

at sunrise

the night jasmine petals

scattered face down

I pray that I may die

as peacefully

moonbathing Issue 23, 2020

Priti Aisola is the author of: See Paris for Me, a novel (Penguin, 2009); Beyond the Gopurams, a spiritual travelogue (Wisdom Tree, 2014); A Dinner Invitation to God, poems (Writers Workshop, 2016); O Shrineless Silence, poems (Authorspress, 2017); Letters to Maya, creative nonfiction, (Authorspress, 2020). In 2020, she was introduced to haikai literature by Kala Ramesh and she is very grateful to her mentor for this. She loves being part of a very warm and welcoming community of poet-friends, who make her days rich and full of learning.

Challenge for this week:

Write around 10 tanka this week, learn to choose the best, and share it with us. Editing and critical assessment of your work are as important as writing the first draft. Look what Anita Virgil has to say: "Most poets do not bring fresh insight into their poems. They do not extract the extraordinary from ordinary things. First recognize the gold in its raw form - in that rough stage - then polish it, until it shines!"

A favourite quote of Hemingway’s – The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shock-proof, shit detector. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

And remember – tanka, because of those two extra lines, lends itself most beautifully when revealing a story. And tanka prose is storytelling.

Give these ideas some thought and share your tanka and tanka-prose with us here. Keep your senses open, observe things that happen around you and write. You can post tanka and tanka-prose outside this theme too.

An essay on how to write tanka: Tanka Flights PLEASE NOTE 1. Post only one poem at a time, only one per day. 2. Only 2 tanka and two tanka-prose per poet per prompt. Tanka art of course if you want to. 3. Share your best-polished pieces. 4. Please do not post something in a hurry or something you have just written. Let it simmer for a while. 5. Post your final edited version on top of your original verse. 6. Don't forget to give feedback on others' poems. We are delighted to open the comment thread for you to share your unpublished tanka and tanka-prose (within 250 words) to be considered for inclusion in the haikuKATHA monthly magazine.


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