TANKA TAKE HOME - 23 February, 2022

hosts: Firdaus Parvez & Kala Ramesh

Introducing a new perspective to our Wednesday Feature!

poet of the month: an'ya

the breast feathers

of a great blue heron

tickle my thoughts

how long until your heart

again brushes against mine

(Angel's & Chimeras book)

having only

a handful of moments alone

with you

O nightbird your visits

mean everything to me

(Published Vines #4)

(Here are two gorgeous tanka. We wanted to highlight how a similar theme; here it is a bird, can be used to come up with completely different images. Both tanka hold their own with regard to phrasing and juxtaposition. And of course, because we can't get enough of an'ya's words).

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

TTH: Can you give any advice to someone wanting to write and publish tanka? As an editor what are you looking for in a tanka that makes it most likely to get published?

an'ya: To me as an editor, of course, I consider the content and personally prefer classical subjects rather than contemporary. It is also very important to me that the tanka has a sing-song melody, albeit I realize that some of the short, long, short, long, long rhythm can be lost in translation. I recognize too that there are other editors who do not agree with me, and have different criteria in selecting tanka.

Word choice always plays into my choices as well, and I feel that if a tanka uses an easily understood yet unusual word in place of a common word, it sets the tanka apart from other submissions.

Do take some time and read this essay:



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