TANKA TAKE HOME A Wednesday Feature hosts: Firdaus Parvez & Kala Ramesh guest editor: Vandana Parashar 1st post - 2nd March 2022

pulling out

a flower I thought

was a weed…

the ways we decide

what lives, what dies

Ken Slaughter

Tanka Society of America Members Anthology in 2017.

Ken Slaughter was vice president of the Tanka Society of America in 2015 and 2016. He writes both tanka and senyru, and has started to write cherita poems. His name on Instagram is ksla1948. Ken lives in Worcester, Massachusetts, with his wife and two one-eyed cats.


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We are delighted to open the comment thread for you to share your unpublished tanka and tanka-prose (within 300 words) to be considered for inclusion in haikuKATHA monthly magazine.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