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TANKA TAKE HOME – 26th April 2023 poet of the month – Rebecca Drouilhet

hosts: Firdaus Parvez, Kala Ramesh, Priti Aisola & Suraja Menon Roychowdhury

Introducing a new perspective to our Wednesday Feature!


poet of the month: Rebecca Drouilhet


Biography: Rebecca Drouilhet is a retired registered nurse, author of two books, winner of numerous contest and awards. Her work has appeared in a vast majority of the top haiku and tanka journals. She lives an hour from New Orleans, the Mississippi Gulf Coast and Hattiesburg, MS, a culturally rich gumbo of Deep South Culture and cuisine. Playing with her large family and enjoying music and art occupy her days. She is currently a haiku moderator on Inkstone Poetry Forum.


Rebecca, thank you very much for taking the time to respond to our questions. Our readers will gain so much from your experiences. We look forward to reading your comments on the submissions here.



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TTH: Do you show your work in progress to anyone, or is it a solitary art that you keep close to your chest before letting it go for publishing?


I workshop a lot of my work on Inkstone Poetry Forum, but not all. Some pieces just come out whole. I have also learned to keep certain ideas close to my chest-especially those that are so broad and visionary that others might not understand them until they are more fully fleshed out or developed.


I do find the feedback of others incredibly useful in helping me to see my tanka the way other readers might perceive them. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity to share my work and inspiration


Here are two beautiful tanka from Rebecca for us to enjoy.



1)

a spring breeze

lifting my hair

the touch  

of your fingertips

centers my desire



*Publication credits: Tanka Café in the Spring/Summer issue of Ribbons, Volume 17, Number 20.


2)

first breeze

of autumn

amid fading blossoms

a dragonfly

catches the last light


*Publication credits:

Ribbons, Fall 2021.


We end this month with the last of Rebecca's haunting poetry. Our deepest gratitude to her for sharing her work and thinking with us. These two lovely tanka are gentle reads. Desire and nature intertwine in the first one. And the second one is a goodbye of sorts, the ending of a season.


Challenge for the week:

Let's blur the lines between haiku and tanka... Please write a tanka using a kigo :). Try not to name the season. If your kigo is very local, then feel free to add an explanatory note so that we readers are enriched.





PLEASE NOTE

1. Post only one poem at a time, only one per day.

2. Only 2 tanka and two tanka-prose per poet per prompt.

Tanka art of course if you want to.

3. Share your best-polished pieces.

4. Please do not post something in a hurry or something you have just written. Let it simmer for a while.

5. Post your final edited version on top of your original verse.

6. Don't forget to give feedback on others' poems.

We are delighted to open the comment thread for you to share your unpublished tanka and tanka-prose (within 250 words) to be considered for inclusion in the haikuKATHA monthly magazine.


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I don’t get emails with notifications. Maybe that is something you can switch off Rupa. The problem I have is that the boards are not loading fully. I can go to a notification and refresh 3 times before I can like or comment on something.

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Unknown member
May 01, 2023

Guiding stars


Until our neighbour buys a car that is a notch higher, our car functions perfectly. Until we learn that a friend has purchased a larger residence, our flat is a fine location to live. Until we learn that a cousin's kid got into a better school, our kid is in the best school. How quickly people may move us!


rainbows

in bubbles

raises me high

to drop into

this nothingness

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Unknown member
May 04, 2023
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Thank you, Barbara :)

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mona bedi
mona bedi
May 01, 2023

Tanka prose


Revised thanks to Rupa:


A Summer Medley


Family reunions are a mixed bag.

Talking about our childhood anecdotes, we laugh and make merry, bonding over our secrets.


revisiting

our ancestral home

we fight

over mangoes fallen

from the tree dad planted


Cousins I had a crush on have a few grey hair left on their heads. The sister-in-laws look down upon my dressing sense. My favourite aunt has a difficulty remembering my name! Dad is long gone but his brother still looks down upon my filing skills. Little nieces and nephews call me aunty!!


wearing

her favourite sari

and glass bangles

I gradually become

a version of my mom


Feedback appreciated:)


A Summer medley


Family reunions are a…


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Thank you for this Linda. I think times we forget the sleights in the different forms. I was not aware of the point you make, but will attempt to pay more attention going forward. I wonder what some of the seasoned haijin would add to your comments. @Alan Summers

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Marilyn Humbert
Marilyn Humbert
Apr 30, 2023

#1 30th apr

feedback welcome


sunflower heads

swivel in homage

to the sun

I shift my stance

warming my face

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Marilyn Humbert
Marilyn Humbert
May 02, 2023
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Thank you an'ya

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closing down

the rental beach house

I return

a piece of driftwood

to where I found it


#2

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lakshmi iyer
lakshmi iyer
Apr 30, 2023
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Liked the way you have handled the words.

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