TANKA TAKE HOME - 9 March

Updated: Mar 9

TANKA TAKE HOME A Wednesday Feature hosts: Firdaus Parvez & Kala Ramesh guest editor: Vandana Parashar 2nd post - 9th March 2022

first day

after retirement

the brush

is dipped deeper

in Chinese Ink


Chen-ou Liu


Tanka Honorable Mention

2016 San Francisco International Competition for Haiku, Senryu, Tanka


Chen-ou Liu lives in Ajax, Ontario, Canada. He is the author of five books, including Following the Moon to the Maple Land (First Prize, 2011 Haiku Pix Chapbook Contest) and A Life in Transition and Translation (Honorable Mention, 2014 Turtle Light Press Biennial Haiku Chapbook Competition). His tanka and haiku have been honored with many awards.

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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.

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We are delighted to open the comment thread for you to share your unpublished tanka and tanka-prose (within 300 words) to be considered for inclusion in haikuKATHA monthly magazine.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