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

Derived from waka, this 1300-year-old five-line lyrical poem from Japan is written in 31 or fewer syllables in English. Usually composed in short, long, short, long, long format, it embraces human experiences in its small space.


Every Wednesday we, Firdaus, Kala, Priti and Suraja will be introducing you to a tanka - both by masters as well as contemporary tanka poets.

We are delighted to open the comment thread for you to share your unpublished tanka and tanka-prose to be considered for inclusion in haikuKATHA monthly magazine. 

january: featured poet - Debbie Strange 
february: featured poet - 
David Terelinck
march: featured poet - Susan Weaver
april: featured poet - Rebecca Drouilhet
may: host - Suraja & Japanese tanka poets
june: host - Suraja & Japanese tanka poets
july: featured poet - Chen-ou Liu
aug: featured poet - Joy McCall
sep: featured poet - Kathleen Kituai
oct: featured poet - Susan Burch
nov: host - Firdaus & Japanese tanka poets
dec: Editors' Work


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