Tanka series . . .

the winter garden
where false hellebore appears
without fair warning
         my sister’s mind a landscape
scored with fault lines . . . and furrows

I remember once
she took us all to drive-ins
that convertible
when stars blossomed in her hair
the technicolor profile

(opening two tanka from my sister’s world, published in Atlas Poetica:  A Journal of Poetry and Place in Contemporary Tanka, vol. 8, Spring 2011)

I am thrilled to have had my tanka series–my sister’s world–appear in the Spring issue of M. Kei’s Atlas Poetica.  A wonderful collection, the journal (available both online and in print editions) features essays and poems from international tanka poets–both new and established.  I feel honored to be in their company. 







About Margaret Dornaus

I’m a writer and a teacher, as well as a haiku-doodler. I live in a beautiful woodland setting, surrounded by native oak forests, that inspires me to record haiku snapshots of luna moths and our resident roadrunner, and even an occasional black bear as it hightails it across the top of my road, my mongrel dog barking at its heels as I watch with wonder. My work as a travel writer has appeared in publications from The Dallas Morning News to the Robb Report. You can find examples of my travel writing–as well as excerpts from a travel memoir I’m working on–at my other WordPress site, Travelin’ On. What more than that do you need to know? Only that I started this blog with an eye toward collaboration. Got a haiku? Send it my way. . . . I’m all about new visions & voices. Best, Margaret
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6 Responses to Tanka series . . .

  1. Oh! Now I must go buy Atlas Poetica immediately! How exciting, Margaret…these are wonderful, I can’t wait to read the whole thing!

    • Thank you, Melissa! This series is close to my heart. . . . I’ve been waiting to post this in hopes that the free download would be available on the Atlas Poetica site, but not yet . . . . Still, lulu’s having a 25% off sale now . . . . which ends tomorrow/today.

  2. Sully says:

    Very nice, Margaret. And I like the topic and will want to read the whole series. I have five sisters so if I wanted to do something like this, I would have to write a Russian novel.


  3. sanjuktaa says:

    Loved these two, Margaret. esp the 2nd one!

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