Updated: Mar 31

TANKA TAKE HOME A WEDNESDAY FEATURE hosts: Firdaus Parvez & Kala Ramesh guest editor: Vandana Parashar 5th post - 30th March 2022

autumn rain

begins to fall…

an eviction notice

blows from somewhere

down the street

—Michael Dylan Welch

First place winner, 1999 Haiku Poets of Northern California Tanka Contest.

Michael Dylan Welch is founder and current president of the Tanka Society of America (www.tankasocietyofamerica.org). His haiku, tanka, and longer poems have been published in hundreds of journals and anthologies in more than twenty languages. His recently relaunched website, www.graceguts.com, is devoted chiefly to poetry, and he also runs National Haiku Writing Month at www.nahaiwrimo.com. Michael is a former poet laureate of Redmond, Washington, and is currently president of the Redmond Association of Spokenword and curator of SoulFood Poetry Night, near where he lives with his family in Sammamish, Washington, USA.


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We are delighted to open the comment thread for you to share your unpublished tanka and tanka-prose (within 300 words) to be considered for inclusion in haikuKATHA monthly magazine.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