Paper and dolls…(tanka)


Two tanka of mine appeared in the last issue of Ribbons, the journal of the Tanka Society of America.


Ribbons, Fall 2017: Volume 13, Number 3


still collecting dolls
into her old age
a special name for each –
and one story
she refused to tell


Tanka Café, Fall 2017: theme was “paper”


a book propped
by the pillow on my knees,
page after page
I ease into someone
else’s life



A sudden glint … (tanka)


staring skyward
at the meteor shower
I brush away two fireflies–
a sudden glint
of new found love


~ Mary Kendall


Presence, Issue 58, July 2017


My thanks to the editors of Presence for publishing this tanka.


Winter garden (a haiku)

This haiku is my first poem in the journal, Modern Haiku.


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by Mary Kendall

Modern Haiku
Volume 48:1
Winter-Spring 2017


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Picking ripe figs . . . (a haiku)








Picking up a feather . . . (a tanka)







All the blame… (a tanka)

My thanks to editor and poet, Pamela A. Babusci for publishing this tanka in Moonbathing, a Journal of Women’s Tanka, Issue 14, June 2016

To listen to me read this tanka, click on the link below:

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Marching on…


Two tanka and one haiku were published
in  A Hundred Gourds 5:2 March 2016

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A Hundred Gourds 5:2 March 2016