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TANKA TAKE HOME: 8th May, 2024 Beverley George - poet of the month

Updated: May 10

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

 

Introducing a new perspective to our Wednesday Feature!

 

May 8, 2024

 

poet of the month: Beverley George


after you ring off

I go to find the moon --

like you

it's north of here

and just as far away

 

Beverley George

 

" to find the moon" from the second line of this tanka was chosen by editor

Cathy Drinkwater Better as the title of The Tanka Society of America 2004 Members' Anthology.

This tanka was later published in " A Temple Bell Sounds" Eucalypt 2017

 

you say my tanka book

lies in your linen press

that you read one or two

with each clean sheet you take

each fresh cloth for your table

 

Beverley George

 

1st prize The Saigyo Awards 2010

 

We are deeply grateful to Beverley George for sharing her beautiful poems with us.

 

Bio-note: Beverley George is a Writing Fellow of The Fellowship of Australian Writers and past editor of Yellow Moon 9-20, 2000-2006 poetry journal which included tanka. She is the founding editor of Eucalypt: a Tanka Journal, Australia's first poetry journal dedicated to tanka. She edited issues 1-21, (2006-16) before passing editorship to Julie Thorndyke. In addition, she edited issues of Windfall Australian Haiku issues 1-10, 2013-2022.

 

Beverley was president of the Australian Haiku Society 2006-10. She presented papers at the 3rd Haiku Pacific Rim Conference in Matsuyama, Japan 2007 and at the 6th International Tanka Festival, Tokyo, Japan 2009. She also conducted a tanka workshop at Haiku Aotearoa 3 Katikati, New Zealand in 2012.

 

In 2009 she convened the four-day 4th Haiku Pacific Rim with delegates from six countries attending at Terrigal, Australia.

 

Her books of tanka poetry include:

empty garden; Tanka by Beverley George 

Sydney, Yellow Moon, 2006, reprinted 2013

 

This Pinging Hail

Eucalypt 2012

 

Only in Silence

Tanka by Beverley George; Translated by Aya Yuhki

Pearl Beach, Kenilworth Road 2017

 

A Shared Umbrella

the responsive tanka and rengay of Beverley George & David Terelinck

Eucalypt 2016

 

Grevillea & Wonga Vine; Australian Tanka of Place

edited by Beverley George and David Terelinck

Eucalypt, 2011

 

wind through the wheatfields

Tanka by Beverley George writing with friends

Eucalypt, 2012

 

A Temple Bell Sounds; 108 tanka from the first twenty-one issues of Eucalypt: a tanka journal, selected by the journal’s founding editor Beverley George, Eucalypt 2017


A few thoughts on Beverley's tanka:

After I read the first tanka, its mood of understated longing and gentle melancholy stayed with me for a while. When distance (not always physical), that seems untraversable, separates us from another, who we care for deeply, the sadness lingers for a while. In simple words and through the image of the ‘far away’ moon, this has been conveyed beautifully in simple words and through the familiar image of the ‘far away’ moon.

 

The tone of the second tanka is informal and conversational. It gives us a glimmering of insight into the relationship between the poet-narrator and the reader of her tanka. It is interesting that her tanka book lies in the linen press of this reader, who reads ‘one or two’ with ‘each clean sheet’ and ‘each fresh [table] cloth that they take as and when the need arises. There is a decorous intimacy about this gesture and what is suggested subtly is this: that the poet’s tanka are as fresh and pleasing as the fresh and fragrant bed and table linen.

 

While reading this tanka, I had another thought: while the poet-narrator cannot be a part of the certain simple cosy rituals of their household, at least her book is an integral part of it.

 

Prompt for this week:

Use familiar, homely images to write tanka about a special bond that you share with a certain person or a special feeling that you have for a person who is ‘far away’ from you (the distance needn’t be a physical one). This bond or feeling may or may not be a romantic one.

 

Important: Since we're swamped with submissions, and our editors are only human, mistakes can happen. Please, please, remember to put your name, followed by your country, below each poem, even after revisions. It really helps our editors; they won't have to type it in, saving them from potential typos. Thanks a ton!

 

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And remember – tanka, because of those two extra lines, lends itself most beautifully when revealing a story. And tanka prose is storytelling.

 

Give these ideas some thought and share your tanka and tanka-prose with us here. Keep your senses open, observe things that happen around you and write. You can post tanka and tanka-prose outside these themes too.

 

An essay on how to write tanka: Tanka Flights here



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.

 

Please check out the LEARNING Archives.


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C.X. Turner
C.X. Turner
13 במאי

13/5/24 t-p


The iridescence is hidden


when the tide goes out. Layered and craggy with natural caves, dramatic cliffs and shingle beaches; I've not been to a coast without rocks for several years....


spring walk

along the water's edge

light and dark

I used to dream of swimming

with a mermaid tail


C.X. Turner, UK


(feedback welcome)

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C.X. Turner
C.X. Turner
15 במאי
בתשובה לפוסט של

Thank you so much, Susan. Your feedback means a lot to me :)

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mona bedi
mona bedi
13 במאי

Gembun

14.5.24


Gembun


…some memories last a lifetime


summer sky

I spot a cloud animal

from my childhood

soon my garden resonates with

the laughter of long lost friends


Feedback appreciated:)

Mona Bedi

India

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mona bedi
mona bedi
14 במאי
בתשובה לפוסט של

Thanks Dipankar 😊

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Priti Aisola
Priti Aisola
13 במאי

Apologising for not being here the last three days. Been rather busy and couldn’t create the time to either read the poems or leave a simple feedback. Will do so from tomorrow onwards. However, do continue to write and share your tanka here. Other poet-readers are giving their valuable feedback. Thank you for that.

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Kalyani
Kalyani
13 במאי

14.05.2024

#2

2nd Revision. Thank you Amoolya Kamalnath and Sumitra Kumar.


the seldom worn

purple dress lies safe

in a closet

the wintry day i wore it once

is locked safe in my heart


Kalyanee Arandhara

Assam, India


Feedback most welcome


Revision. Thanks Priti Aisola, Ma'am. Trying out a makeover of L5😊😊


the purple dress

seldom worn lies safe

in a closet

the day i most cherish

is locked safe in another


Kalyanee Arandhara

Assam, India


Feedback most welcome


13.05.2024

#2


the purple dress

seldom worn lies safe

in a closet

the day i most cherish

lingers safe in another


Kalyanee Arandhara

Assam, India


Feedback most welcome

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Kalyani
Kalyani
14 במאי
בתשובה לפוסט של

Thanks for your feedback.

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#2


exhausted list

of small creatures …

the haijin

decides to invest

in a microscope


Dipankar Dasgupta

India


(Feedback welcome.)

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Keith Evetts
Keith Evetts
15 במאי
בתשובה לפוסט של

An excellent investment!

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