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  • The Daily Tanka Thread Vol. 1 2019

    This is a showcase for your recent tanka. Both previously published and unpublished poems are welcome, Keep commentary positive and let us know what poems you enjoy the most. Please acknowledge the provenance of previously published poems. Most of all, enjoy the fine tanka!

    Please share up to five of your recent tanka, any topic, per day. Admin will select our favorites from this thread throughout the year to include as part of an in-print members anthology. If you would like to opt out of this anthology publication and do not want us to have reprint rights, simply write "opt out" after your haiku. Notifications of selection will be before the release of the anthology and you may still decline your inclusion.
    ghost cave i brush aside the dharma of a lobster god

  • #2
    walking beside
    a fence I used
    to climb
    thirty years
    and sixty pounds ago

    Atlas Poetica 34


    a basement
    filled with
    yesteryear
    I meet my kids
    through their toys

    Skylark 6.2


    the ranger
    discusses invasive
    species
    I pause to examine
    my European roots

    Atlas Poetica 31


    cross-country skis
    slide through powdered snow —
    the path
    I might have taken
    in a parallel life

    Presence 61


    smudged
    across my fingers
    the ink I thought
    would become
    my best poem

    Undertow Tanka
    https://davereadpoetry.blogspot.com/

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    • #3
      the undertaker’s
      awkwardness
      butterflies are dying
      as I help wrap her
      in a winding sheet



      Alan Summers

      The Right Touch of Sun
      2017 Tanka Society of America Members’ Anthology
      ed. Margaret Dornaus and David Terelinck
      http://www.tankasocietyofamerica.org/tsa-anthologies






      who am I
      waiting for the sun
      to lend me love
      when dusk begins
      in shadows


      Alan Summers
      The Right Touch of Sun
      2017 Tanka Society of America Members’ Anthology
      ed. Margaret Dornaus and David Terelinck






      I'm changing
      for the last time
      just like the heron
      shifting from river bank
      to river bank


      Alan Summers
      The Right Touch of Sun
      2017 Tanka Society of America Members’ Anthology
      ed. Margaret Dornaus and David Terelinck


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      • #4
        Here are a few monolinear (one line) tanka, with periods (not used for punctuation but to show the fiveness, the five thought-parts of tanka). these one line tanka are a nod of respect to Japanese tanka that is usually written as one vertical line of script; and also as a nod of respect to Professor Hiroaki Sato who feels that tanka and haiku are one line poems.


        binding cosmos. vivid red azaleas. i sit behind this desk. thinking. about existence


        now fully dark. it isn't quite. cold outside. as it was last night. or earlier this morning


        when i rest. my tired feet. the days' thoughts. descend upon me. a mental rainpour


        together. for over 20 years. this marriage. long dead. and we both with it


        not sure. if there's anything. id like to say to him: a gentle rain. and a few drinks
        心奪われ阿呆のような日が流れ

        infatuated, my day slips away like a damn fool's

        Tokizane Shinko

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        • Clayton Beach
          Clayton Beach commented
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          All great tanka, thanks for reviving this thread.

          I absolutely love this one:

          not sure. if there's anything. id like to say to him: a gentle rain. and a few drinks

        • Matsukaze
          Matsukaze commented
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          @Clayton thank you so much my friend. I truly appreciate you!

      • #5
        fossil record
        you take a piss
        and a little misses the bowl
        and lands
        on the fake marble tiles
        https://underneaththebloominglaburnu...m/p/books.html

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        • #6
          glass of sorrel. little talk over chutney. what can we say. about. this untimely death

          **

          afternoon wind. the color of ripe barley: at the table. composing. a zuihitsu on something
          心奪われ阿呆のような日が流れ

          infatuated, my day slips away like a damn fool's

          Tokizane Shinko

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          • Clayton Beach
            Clayton Beach commented
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            Bravo! These are too good!

        • #7
          out of the window
          you notice 2 dogs fucking
          once you realise
          your neighbours are watching
          you stop looking
          https://underneaththebloominglaburnu...m/p/books.html

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          • Clayton Beach
            Clayton Beach commented
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            😂🤣😂👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
            I lolled.

          • Michael
            Michael commented
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            If this becomes my signature tanka I'll die a happy man.

          • Matsukaze
            Matsukaze commented
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            i love this!!!

        • #8
          a sleepless night. spent. eyes closed. seeing white winds. and ceramic jizos. on the porch

          chilled pine-winds: his sleeping form. on the futon. the television on. at low volume

          grabbing a latte. the warmth. in this local Starbucks. he is from Gaza. his skin leather-colored


          心奪われ阿呆のような日が流れ

          infatuated, my day slips away like a damn fool's

          Tokizane Shinko

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          • #9
            the distance
            from here
            to jupiter
            a child shouting
            in the snow
            https://underneaththebloominglaburnu...m/p/books.html

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            • #10
              I like the idea of monolinear (one line) tanka, so here is my first one:

              my husband. whom I never argue. chewing. silent dinners. and garlic

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              • Matsukaze
                Matsukaze commented
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                I truly truly love this!!!!

              • Clayton Beach
                Clayton Beach commented
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                Nice one Reka!

              • Reka Nyitrai
                Reka Nyitrai commented
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                Thank you Orrin and Clayton.

            • #11
              Happy New Year to all of you!!!

              long evening shower. alone. in semidarkness. and my own thoughts. - smell of chocolate
              心奪われ阿呆のような日が流れ

              infatuated, my day slips away like a damn fool's

              Tokizane Shinko

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              • Matsukaze
                Matsukaze commented
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                Happy New Year to you Clayton!!!! All well wishes to you and your family!!! We need to start this new year off with a good sequence or something!!!!

              • Michael
                Michael commented
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                Happy new year. Looking forward to excellent work like this throughout the year. Your links and tanka studies defined the end of autumn 2019 for me. Nice.

              • Matsukaze
                Matsukaze commented
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                Happy New Year Clayton and Michael!!!! You guys are amazing and I can't wait to read and immerse myself in your work

            • #12
              casting velvet into an iron glove you trick a child into praying to a blackbird
              https://underneaththebloominglaburnu...m/p/books.html

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              • Clayton Beach
                Clayton Beach commented
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                I dig this. Nice work!

              • Michael
                Michael commented
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                Thanks as always, Clayton. The encouragement feels good as I'm finding my feet in this form.

              • Matsukaze
                Matsukaze commented
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                this is so delicious to me!

            • #13
              a satisfactory
              melancholy
              this long evening
              the coolness
              of red wine
              https://underneaththebloominglaburnu...m/p/books.html

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              • Hansha Teki
                Hansha Teki commented
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                wonderful piece!

            • #14
              in a house. of loneliness. unmade bed and a book. opened. on your side

              feeling like a child. a quick stroll. to the corner store. for gummy worms. and a Sprite
              心奪われ阿呆のような日が流れ

              infatuated, my day slips away like a damn fool's

              Tokizane Shinko

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