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Throughout time, the poet has used words to convey feelings, share ideas and unite the reader with their vision. Think Tanka uses the traditional structure of Japanese lyric poetry to unite the reader to the vision of the poet. If you can “see” what she is trying to “say” in every grouping of 31 syllables, then she has done her job. Think Tanka is a book for those who appreciate poetry, those who enjoy short reads, people who like to smile and those who know what it is like to be lost in a world of imagination. Whether you are buying this book for yourself or someone else, you’ll want to make sure you get an extra copy so you’ll have one on hand to share.Amazon.com
When it comes to Japanese poetry, the tanka is one of my favorite forms to read. What I enjoyed most about “Think Tanka” is the author’s wordplay. The poetry resonates with her views of the human condition, which she touches on with humor, wisdom, and love. It was exciting to interpret the world through her eyes.
I enjoy multi-layered tanka poetry filled with meaning. Aben does not disappoint.
The tanka called “Aw Some” is chock full of inspiration:
May there always be One bright moment in your day To bring light your way Hold that vision in your head Where you can always find it Aben, Annette Rochelle. Think Tanka: vision in verse (p. 4). Kindle Edition.
This humorous tanka named “Praise & Excite” left me chuckling to myself for hours:
She’d receive applause Many found her delightful Others were annoyed Not everyone pulls it off Juggling chainsaws while naked Aben, Annette Rochelle. Think Tanka: vision in verse (pp. 38-39). Kindle Edition.
I loved the creativity of this tanka about the author:
Thinks in syllables Counts them out on her fingers Then, counts them again Everything inspires her She may write about you, next Aben, Annette Rochelle. Think Tanka: vision in verse (p. 53). Kindle Edition.
I devoured this book in one afternoon. Later, I returned to savor my favorites. This delightful read will fill your heart with joy!
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