Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Tanka sequence

165 feet down 

drilling down 
to the other side 
of the world 
or to an aquifer, 
whichever comes first 

of groundwater teeming
below our feet— 
the drought years we've had 
living on the surface 

well water 
speaks its own language 
as it streams 
into this bucket
… the rush of first words 

red lights, January 2015

With this, I think I may take a break for a few weeks—many things I should do, and I also think I need to rest my eyes—though I may still post an announcement or two. I'm not sure who all my readers are, but thank you and please don't wander off too far. To the other side of the world and back, though, is okay.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

A child's words; so small

a child's words
gator, monster, blue
on notepaper
in the waiting room

Skylark, 2:2, Winter 2014

so small ...
but only a neutrino
can pass through
this universe

—Skylark, 2:2, Winter 2014

The second one represents a slight departure for me.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Announcement: Tanka Society of America 2015 Contest; Tanka Time 2015

The Tanka Society of America invites you to enter the 2015 International Tanka Contest (in-hand deadline, June 30). For submission guidelines, see the TSA website or the upcoming winter issue of Ribbons, the TSA journal. We look forward to your participation again this year. On the website, you also can find winning poems and judges' reports for the 2014 contest and all previous contests. 

Plus, tanka poets, the TankaTime 2015 challenge is going on right now at Mandy's Pages. Check it out!