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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



midnight

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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Baisali
Baisali
20 באוק׳ 2022

Poem #2

20/10/22


the folk singer

sings of a forbidden love,

I don’t understand

the words

but my heart does


Feedback always welcome

לייק

Billie Dee
Billie Dee
19 באוק׳ 2022

revision #2:


many summers ago

we climbed this trail

together

soon we'll share again

misty mountain vistas


Revision #1:


many summers ago

we climbed this trail

together

soon we'll share again

these vast mountain vistas


Original:


many summers

ago we climbed this trail

together. . .

soon I'll join you and share

again vast mountain vistas

--------------------

feedback welcome

---Billie

לייק

Neera Kashyap
Neera Kashyap
18 באוק׳ 2022

Post 2 18/10

Revised as per Suraja's suggestions


from freshly hoed grass

scores of earthworms crawl

on the walking track

I watch every step

to avoid being crushed

---

freshly hoed grass -

scores of earthworms

on the walking track

I watch my every step

to avoid being crushed


Feedback welcome

לייק
Neera Kashyap
Neera Kashyap
19 באוק׳ 2022
בתשובה לפוסט של

Thanks for your feedback. Rephrasing as per your suggestions.

לייק

a fly

buzzes from window

to window…

I’m trapped inside

my personality

לייק
Suraja Roychowdhury
Suraja Roychowdhury
18 באוק׳ 2022
בתשובה לפוסט של

Flowing so smoothly!

לייק

Vibha Malhotra
Vibha Malhotra
18 באוק׳ 2022

Post #2 | 18.10.2022


I wake up

teary eyed

from a morning dream

to the the warmth of your hug

slow fading


(feedback welcome)

לייק
Vibha Malhotra
Vibha Malhotra
19 באוק׳ 2022
בתשובה לפוסט של

Thank you Priti. Your tanka were a great inspiration. I will look up and read more of your work. <3

לייק
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