Welcome to the Tanka Tuesday Poetry Recap. The last month has whirled by for me. I’ve missed three of my own challenges – something I hate to do. Between painting our upstairs and my unexpected reaction to the “shingles shot” I’ve been scrambling!
Scott Andrew Bailey
Scott Andrew Bailey
Method Two Madness
John W. Leys
Here – Method Two
John W. Leys’ Masquerade
Sue Vincent is the Poet of the Week for her poem called, “Mirage” for Challenge No. 79, Dance and Command.
©2018 Sue Vincent
“Starting today, I have eliminated the voting option for Poet of the Week. I had hoped it would engage participants more, but instead, it stressed everyone out – including me. I want this challenge to be fun and thought-provoking, not a chore to participate in. I’ve gone back to selecting a poem to highlight each week. Thanks for trying this experiment. You never know until you try.” ❤
Years take their toll
Naked he collects his girth
sweating and squidgy
She sighs and turns out the light
smiling thinks of his brother
© 2018 Michael, Afterwards Blog
There is a great story wrapped up in this Tanka. Even though it’s not told in the first person you get a sense of intimacy from his choice of words. I love the flow and the depth of emotions that explode from both of the characters. How do you feel at the end of the poem? That last sentence really puts this couple’s life in perspective.
Tanka poetry should evoke some kind of strong emotions in the reader. I think this is an excellent Tanka poem because it makes the reader feel many of the emotions present in this couple’s marriage.
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“Tanka is a poetry form which originated in Japan more than 13 centuries ago. In its purest form, tanka poems are most commonly written as expressions of gratitude, love, or self-reflection. Suitors would send a tanka to a woman the day after a date, and she would reply in kind. These were short messages (like secret letters) expressing love, desire, meaning, or gratitude. These poems often culminated in a transcendental message.
Today, much of that original purpose is lost in tanka poems. Poets include any subject that lends itself well to the tanka form. Some subjects simply don’t lend themselves to tanka. For example, when writing about the frustration of cooking bacon and eggs, other poetry forms should be employed. But when composing a poem which includes personal experience and a resulting profound feeling, then tanka is perfect. Tanka are not whimsical. They should include some deep meaning or purpose, and leave the reader with a strong feeling…“ Click here to read more.
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