Today is not my writing; I am shamelessly sharing a post ( as we are asked to do in his post) from a wonderful blog on haiku and tanka called Neverendingstory, and its approach to changing how those forms are being written today. Thank you to Chen-ou Liu and Angela Leuck. You will always thank me for encouraging you to follow the Neverendingstory blog. It will be a brief beautiful moment in your day.
|Cool Announcement: Celebrate Tanka Poetry Month with NeverEnding Story|
Posted: 01 May 2021 09:16 PM PDT
Poetry acts as a witness in, to, and most importantly, through troubled times.
Chen-ou Liu, An Interview with Dimitar Anakiev
My Dear Friends:
Please join NeverEnding Story to expand the readership base for tanka by tweeting at least one tanka a day throughout the month of May. The hashtags for Tanka Poetry Month are #MayTanka and #NaTankaMo.
on the windowsill
two canaries singing
to each otherI
tweet and retweet
Below is excerpted from Angela Leuck’s article, titled “Tanka and the Literary Mainstream: Are we ‘there’ yet?” (“Book Review Editor’s Message,” Ribbons, 10:1, Winter 2014, p. 74):
An alternative approach is suggested by Chen-ou Liu, author of the blog, “NeverEnding Story.” In his June 2012 Lynx interview with Jane Reichhold, Liu describes the current relationship between the haiku/tanka community and the literary mainstream in terms of “an asymmetric power relationship.” He believes a “top down” approach will not work; i.e., trying to change the perceptions of those in the mainstream. Rather, Liu supports a “bottom up” approach, which for him means consolidating and expanding the readership base for tanka through online publishing and social networking sites. He argues:
If there are more people who love reading/writing haiku and tanka, the mainstream poetry world will eventually open their main gate to haiku and tanka poets. This approach to reversing the asymmetric power relationship has been demonstrated in the case of the power transfer from traditional media, such as news papers, TV, and books, to online and social media.
Please help spread the word about this celebration via your poetry blogs, websites, Facebook pages, and Twitter accounts. And NeverEnding Story seeks tanka submissions.
To conclude today’s “Celebrate Tanka Poetry Month” post, share with you my interview excerpt and tanka selected for the upcoming Bulgarian-English Tanka Handbook written by NeverEnding Story contributor, Dimitar Anakiev.
Red Moon Press’s tanka 2020: poems from today’s world gives me a glimpse of what is possible when efforts are made to challenge the poets to write something new and relevant to the world we live in. Poetry acts as a witness in, to, and most importantly, through troubled times. That’s what this book does.
Here are five of my tanka for the handbook:
a winter fog
smothers the winding road
to her mother’s house
the bruises on her face
say everything & nothing
bits of gravel
embedded in blood
on his knuckles
my teenage son says nothing
and I’ll do … nothing
rattling the dry leaves
on eucalypti —
an ink-dark trace
from my childhood beliefs
I’m a passing
thought in the mind of God
who forsook his Son on the Cross
Happy Reading and Writing throughout the month of May
As to those calla lilies…
paper calla lilies
in the market
screaming with colour
how they seduce me
like an audacious Santa Fe lover
As to those wind-up toys…
hundreds of wind-up toys
in a Santa Fe market
what temptation to break
the tenth commandment
I coveted all of them