where the great auk once thrived …
what of me
is prized enough
for the greedy to seize?
—Skylark 2:2, Winter 2014, "Skylark's Nest" clutch of runners-up
Skylark is a wonderful journal of tanka and its related forms, edited by poet extraordinaire Claire Everett and including a liberal sprinkling of artwork by her talented daughter Amy. With this issue, fellow poet-blogger Jenny Ward Angyal officially joins the crew as reviews and features editor.
Each issue, poets are invited to write a "Skylark's Nest" tanka inspired by a nature-themed drawing.
I was happy to be able to cruise northeastern waters last spring. My travels included a side excursion to the Bird Islands off Nova Scotia. The great auk no longer exists, thanks to exploitation by humans, but from a distance, through thick cloud cover and drizzle, I managed to see a few of its relatives, i.e., puffins and razorbills.
|Razorbills: Bird Islands, Nova Scotia, Canada|