Welcome to the Tanka Tuesday Poetry Recap featuring the Poet of the Week and the honorable mention poetry that spoke to me. If you would like to participate in this challenge, you can learn the rules in the menu item called Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Guidelines.
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I will publish the Poet of the Week and Honorable Mention Poets in the 2019 Poet of the Week Anthology, which everyone can grab as a FREE PDF in January 2020.
H. R. R. Gorman has kindly volunteered to update the Poet of the Week & Honorable Mention poetry from the weekly recap into the PDF Compilation that will be available around the middle of January 2020. If this works out, I will consider continuing the Recap and PDF for next year. I’ve received great feedback about the recap and how the comments have helped poets perfect their own poetry. I think this is a great way to share all the great poetry from the challenge.
I believe I could compile the PDF into a Kindle version that would be free from my Amazon page. What do you think? Poets would have to complete a signed release of your work before I could publish the book. I would include link-backs to your blogs. It would never be for sale – only a free download. Tell me what you think in the comments. It’s only a thought… I’ve not considered the legal ramifications.
Each week, I like to highlight a poet who I call the Poet of the Week who has shared an exceptional message or shown impassioned creativity through words or form. Poetry is all about perception. You may not feel the same way about my choice. That’s okay. Perception is different for all of us.
This week, I’ve chosen Pat R., as the Poet of the Week for her Thanksgiving themed Haibun Tanka. I love all the sensory details in this poem. From the grocery list to the unknown woman, we learn that amid the Thanksgiving chaos of life, nature reminds us of our own human fragility.
The “self-talk” portion of the Haibun is especially enlightening. The Tanka at the end brings you back into the moment. I like this style of writing. It feels real and unpretentious. Sometimes, the mundane becomes poetic.
It is the day before Thanksgiving and it seems everyone is out picking up last-minute items. People are everywhere and the traffic is crazy as impatient horns blare.
I reach into my pocket and her list, handwritten in pencil, is crumpled around my keys. I fish it out, smoothing it as I squint to read:
Greatnut ice cream
Bizzy, she makes tea from this. “Good for the knees,” she says while rubbing it. I still have trouble figuring out which of her home remedies are mostly old wives’ tales. That matters not, though. It’s what she gets from it. I suspect they have more to do with her refusing to just give up. Or, to leave her fate in the hand of another.
Arthritis is taking its toll. That right knee is markedly larger than the left. So it can’t be comfortable. And she has given up on doctors. “They’re not doing anything for me, they’re just rifling through my insurance,” she complains. And soldiers on.
At age 87, she is still a warrior!
sparrows in a ruckus
above the roar of traffic –
how’s this possible?
I pause – from atop street light
an unlikely burst of nature
Merril D. Smith’s Etheree gets the honorable mention for this week. She used synonyms for the prompt words instead of a Thanksgiving theme.
I like the analogy of nature hovering “on the edge” between autumn and winter. When reading, I felt those “cold north winds sigh and moan…” The phrase, “…blowing time forward…” signifies change. This is how to SHOW and not tell.
This Etheree is also powerful because of the use of imagery. Try to use your senses when writing poetry. Share your thoughts and emotions with your readers. Poetry is a connection!
fall to winter
burnished gold now
fading, almost gone.
Cold north winds sigh and moan,
Blowing time forward. Squirrels dart,
scamper over oak’s bare branches
gathering acorns for tomorrow
and tomorrow—till spring bursts into bloom.
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