Thursday, April 30, 2015

Announcement: Tanka Sunday

Save the Date: Tanka Sunday is Back!
Join the Tanka Society of America on Sunday, October 18, 2015 (the last day of the Haiku North America conference), at the Desmond Hotel in Albany, New York, for another Tanka Sunday celebration. Tanka Sunday 2015 will have tanka readings, workshops, and presentations all afternoon and evening, plus a bookfair, group photo, and more. Registration will be free for everyone, including nonmembers (although donations will be welcome). So mark the date on your calendar now, and watch for registration details later on our Facebook page and website and in member emails. Whether you attend the HNA conference or not, we hope to see you at Tanka Sunday 2015! Will you join us?

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Distressed wood floor

distressed wood floor, 
doorknobs and fixtures 
of aged bronze – 
this house looks the way 
I've started to feel

A Hundred Gourds4:2, March 2015

Sunday, April 19, 2015


wearing loud neckties
that once were his— 
he always wanted 
his funeral to be fun 

Ribbons, Fall 2013

A year this month that he's been gone, a longtime friend's husband, after a several-year battle. 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Pale yellow blooms

pale yellow blooms
on the evening primrose ...
I learned
not to open myself 
in morning's full light

A Hundred Gourds, 3:3, June 2014

First Missouri primrose bloom of 2015!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Announcement: TSA Contest Renamed to Honor Tanka Pioneer

In celebration of our fifteenth anniversary today, April 14, 2015, the Tanka Society of America is pleased to announce that we have renamed our annual tanka contest after Sanford Goldstein. Sanford is the foremost pioneer of English-language tanka, a scholar and translator of tanka, and a widely respected tanka poet. The contest’s new name is the Sanford Goldstein International Tanka Contest. 

This year's contest submission window is May 1 through June 30, 2015. We welcome submissions from everyone, not only in support of tanka, but also in honor of Sanford. For more information about the contest, please visit the TSA website. 

– Margaret Chula, TSA President

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Announcement: Tanka Society of America Celebration of Tanka

Tanka poets and others who enjoy reading tanka, hop on over to the Tanka Society of America (TSA) Facebook page. A new prompt will be posted each week throughout the month of April. From Margaret Chula, TSA president:

National Poetry Month Celebration of Tanka

This week the TSA celebrates its 15th anniversary, so it's fitting that the prompt be "anniversary." You may expand the theme from a pleasant memory—a wedding, birthday, family celebration, graduation—or an observance of something not so pleasant. My tanka below recalls a misfortune with a touch of humor.

of last year’s house fire
I bless our new house
with a wand of burning sage—
bucket of water nearby

—Margaret Chula
Always Filling, Always Full