I’ve been writing poetry for as long as I can remember. I published my first poem about lady bugs in third grade. My teacher mounted and posted it to our classroom bulletin board. I only stared writing tanka a few years ago with one of my students, Natalie Perfetti. As a part of her honors project, we started collaborating on short linked tanka sequences. Before we knew it, we were writing and publishing tanka trios along with haiku master, Randy Brooks.
My desire to encourage and collaborate other writers has evolved into my own personal relationship with the tanka form. Its brevity allows me to engage the creative moment every day. I am most interested in tanka sequences that merge, converge, and disperse again in new directions. morning pearl is an autumnal sequence in three parts: a meditative movement from harvest to first snow.
“blue evening star” is forthcoming in the premier issue of Moonbathing: A Journal of Women’s Tanka 1.1 (Fall/Winter).