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TANKA TAKE HOME A Wednesday Feature hosts: Firdaus Parvez & Kala Ramesh guest editor: Vandana Parashar 3rd post - 16th March 2022

some chaos

of noisy birds and then again,

emptiness —

words are so ephemeral

I’d rather draw it for you

— Lavana Kray

tankart book Counterpoint, published in 2018

Lavana Kray is from Romania.

Over the years, she has won various prizes in haiku and tanka competitions. In 2015, the World Haiku Association awarded her the title of Master Haiga Artist. Her work has appeared in many print and online publications, as well as in Haiga Exhibitions organized by theWorld Haiku Association in Japan and Italy.

In 2018, she was co-opted in the editorial team of the United Haiku and Tanka Society, as Haiga Editor of Cattails magazine.

She has published three photo-haiku books and one tanka art collection.


From our guest editor – Vandana Parashar:

I’m thankful to TANKA TAKE HOME for giving me this wonderful opportunity to showcase the tanka that have touched my heart.

When I wrote my first tanka and submitted it to Skylark Tanka Contest, I had only read Kala’s notes on Tanka in Triveni Facebook Forum. My tanka ended up being a runner-up and it was all the motivation I needed.

I then went on to read tanka by an’ya, Kala and Debbie Strange. Tanka gave me a perfect balance of brevity and freedom to express myself. an’ya guided me even after Tanka Origins was discontinued and for that I’m greatly indebted to her.

I hope more and more poets explore this deliciously lyrical and beautiful form of poetry.

Here is my first selection for the month of March 2022.


TTH thanks both Vandana and Lavana for so graciously joining us as we explore this 1300 year-old lyrical form of poetry. Are you inspired?

We are delighted to open the comment thread for you to share your unpublished tanka and tanka-prose (within 300 words) to be considered for inclusion in haikuKATHA monthly magazine.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