The first line of ‘us’

 

Gusts, Contemporary Tanka, one of my favorite print journals, arrived here in London this week. Edited by Kozue Uzawa, the journal is a publication of Tanka Canada. The tanka are placed on the page under a category heading such as “life,” “scent,” “moon,” or “relationships.” Many of my favorite tanka poets appear in this journal, and of course it’s always great to discover new poets or poets whose work I don’t know. The overall quality and standard is very high, and this makes for excellent reading and rereading.  I’m pleased to say that three of my tanka appear in Gusts, no. 25, Contemporary Tanka, Spring/Summer 2017. I hope you enjoy reading them.

 

 

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watching clouds                                                       
begin to drift
from your soft sable brushes –
you make the sky bluer
than blue, not grey

 

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the shivery silk                                                       
of your words
slips around me –
the first line of us
now written

 

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all that time waiting                                                  
to hear from you
I ascend the stairway
of a deserted station,
pale Freesias in hand

 

 

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These three tanka were written by Mary Kendall, (c) 2017,
Gusts, no. 25, Contemporary Tanka, Spring/Summer 2017

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