TANKA TAKE HOME A Wednesday Feature hosts: Firdaus Parvez & Kala Ramesh guest editor: Vandana Parashar 4th post - 23rd March 2022

will I ever


the squirrel

at the birdfeeder

hungry too

— Susan Burch

Honorable Mention in the Haiku Poets of Northern California Haiku Contest (Tanka category), 2018

Susan Burch is a good egg.


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We are delighted to open the comment thread for you to share your unpublished tanka and tanka-prose (within 300 words) to be considered for inclusion in haikuKATHA monthly magazine.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