TANKA TAKE HOME - 9 February, 2022

hosts: Firdaus Parvez & Kala Ramesh

Introducing a new perspective to our Wednesday Feature!

poet of the month: an'ya

without ...

each evening seems even


than it takes the river

to smooth a thousand stones

(First Place BHS for tanka)

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

TTH: How do your tanka develop? Please guide us through the stages of a poem.

an'ya: This is difficult for me to explain, but my personal take on it which some experts (of which I am not) disagree with, is that I believe inside every tanka, there also lurks a haiku and vice versa, as it is also possible for every haiku to develop into a tanka. For instance, if you can juxtapose a natural element with a human response, to me, it is both a haiku and tanka. The haiku can stand alone, but the tanka has what is known as the “twist” which makes the haiku, (whether obvious or somewhere subliminally within that tanka) work to enhance and further the moment.

Do take some time and read this essay:



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We are delighted to open the comment thread for you to share your unpublished tanka and tanka-prose (within 300 words) to be considered for inclusion in haikuKATHA monthly magazine.

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