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When the paragraph leads, the closing tanka caps the prose, and is the culminating point of the composition, a sign of the work’s fulfillment. (Jeffrey Woodward in an interview with Claire Everett)
Economic Food Storage Strategies for Disaster Survival by Sandy Gee is a timely book on surviving the aftermath of natural disasters. It is packed with useful information and makes the reader aware of the different forms of dangers one faces after a natural calamity.
‘Casting Shadow’ is a collection of tanka by renowned Australian poet David Terelinck. If you have experienced shadows in your life, David has a tanka for it. Grief, pain, love and longing, David artfully paints strokes of black and white to highlight the grays that exist in-between.
Volume 1 of the Take Five series is a collection of tanka poems in individual, prose and sequence forms. A collection of approximately 320 tanka, this volume gives an insight into the making of a good tanka, with particular description about the qualities of tanka that stand out and make their mark.
‘January, A Tanka Diary’ is the latest poetic collection by internationally acclaimed poet, M. Kei. In this volume, Kei creates a journal of his inspirational moments through the outlets of five-lined tanka.
Take Five: Best Contemporary Tanka, Volume 4 is the sequel to Volumes 1, 2 and 3 from previous years. M.Kei and his team of eight editors, including names like Claire Everett and David Terelinck, have chosen approximately 350 tanka for this volume.
"The poems in this year’s anthology reflect the great diversity of themes to be expected from such a diverse range of poets. Yet two themes recur frequently in this volume, and indeed the previous volumes and tanka in general: love and death.
Strangely, when writers are attempting to describe what tanka is to those unfamiliar with it, they often mention the subject of love, but rarely mention death, even though death poems have been a major part of the tanka tradition all the way back to the Man’yosh!" (The editor, Take Five: Best Contemporary Tanka Volume 3)
A family forced to move by society, fragmented by the past, dysfunction and poverty, leaves a young boy to fend his way through the complexities of life the only way he can. Although temporarily taken in by caring folks and meeting Livvy, who becomes a lifelong friend, Fletcher is soon snatched away and plunged into the life of an orphan and the confusion, the pain and the brutal, stark reality of those surrounding him.
His desires are fulfilled but tragedy, the complexities, and the destructive darkness of human nature surface in the Fires of Waterland…
Take Five: Best Contemporary Tanka, Volume 2 is the sequel to Volumes 1. This is an annual compilation of tanka, ranging from 16,000 submissions to 140 venues (2009).
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