Fire inhales . . . (tanka art)

It is a true joy to have a piece of tanka art accepted in Skylark. Sandi Pray is the new tanka art editor, and as all fans of contemporary haiga and tanka art know, Sandi is one of the most gifted creators of haiga and tanka art herself.  Here is my contribution:


Skylark Summer 2017, Volume 5, Issue 1

fire inhales

This tanka art selection is dedicated to Joy McCall, a poet who inspires us all.


Whispers and unmarked graves

These three senryu and the single kyoka were published in Prune Juice, A Journal of Senryu, Kyoka, Haibun and Haiga, Issue 21, March 2017. It is always such a joy to have a poem selected to appear in this important journal of senryu. While senryu are frequently amusing and clever, they can also be dark or serious.



slave burial ground
. . . only whispers
and unmarked graves



evening news –                                
the tragedies of life
our common thread



winter thaw –
finding a way back
from heated words



morning doves
cooing their way
through the garden…
I, too, never saw
the neighbor’s cat


A haiga for poets

Do you like word play as much as I do? I’m a hopeless ‘punner,” and this senryu/haiga allowed me to have a little fun. I hope you like it, too. 



This haiga was published in Prune Juice, A Journal of Senryu, Kyoka, Haibun and HaigaIssue 21, March 2017.


Indecision… (two senryu)

I was very lucky to have two senryu published in Failed Haiku, A Journal of English Senryu, Issue 16, April 2017



traffic jam   reversing my indecision




balancing dreams
and more dreams


My thanks to editor, Mike Rehling. Failed Haiku can be downloaded as a pdf file. This issue contains so many wonderful poets and senryu. Please go and explore it:




Watching my hair dance . . . (haiga)

Using a photo I took and two different art programs on my iPad, a new picture appeared that was perfect for this senryu.

This haiga was published in:
Failed Haiku, A Journal of English Senryu, Issue 16, April 2017





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.






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

Your glazing brush … (a tanka)


your glazing brush

 Japanese Tokukawa Period 18th Century 


Ribbons, Winter 2017: Volume 13, Number 1
Journal of the Tanka Society of America
Edited by David Rice