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.


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We are delighted to open the comment thread for you to share your unpublished tanka and tanka-prose (within 300 words) to be considered for inclusion in haikuKATHA monthly magazine.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