TANKA TAKE HOME - 16 February, 2022

Updated: Feb 20

hosts: Firdaus Parvez & Kala Ramesh

Introducing a new perspective to our Wednesday Feature!

poet of the month: an'ya



midsummer's eve

underneath a rose moon

I'll wait for you

until my hands are bloodied

from holding back the dawn


(my signature Tanka and the

Overall Winner Tanka Splendor)



We had the pleasure of asking an'ya a few questions, and she graciously took the time out to answer them. The first three questions are in the last two posts, here is the next:


TTH: Who are your favourite tanka poets? In addition to tanka what other genres of poetry do you write or read? Tell us about some of the books you've enjoyed.


an'ya: For favourite tanka poets, Thelma Mariano, Debbie Strange, Lavana Kray, and Jane Kohut-Bartels aka Lady Nyo are at the top of my list. Of the ancients, it’s Izumi Shikibu, Ono no Komachi, and waka poet Kakinomoto no Hitomaro. The modern-day books I enjoy most are by Debbie Strange, and Lavana Kray. For older reads, The Ink Dark Moon is my favorite.


Over the years, I have written sijo, cinquain, many alternative forms by ai li, Hortensia Anderson, and Alexis Rotella; plus other short forms. I also have a 5 foot high pattern poem in the shape of a cross at the Serbian Heritage Museum in Canada.


(TTH: Now wouldn't we love to get a glimpse of that 5 foot high beauty?)


Do take some time and read this essay: https://www.trivenihaikai.in/post/learning-31-poetic-senses-an-ya .... Are you inspired! Give us some good tanka-prose and tanka! We are delighted to open the comment thread for you to share your unpublished tanka and tanka-prose (within 300 words) to be considered for inclusion in haikuKATHA monthly magazine. Also, please do mention, under your poem, if you would like feedback.

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