I am deeply touched by all the wonderful moon tanka (as well as by Rick Daddario’s fabulous haiga) that I received for my birthday. So many (24!) poems from so many talented and diverse writers. I wish I could give all the poets who participated in my birthday post a small token of my appreciation, and I hope that you too have enjoyed reading their words as much as I have. It was a pleasure to receive them, and read them as they filtered in, each one a present that extended my birthday celebration by almost three weeks.
In the end I found myself resorting to my birthday hat again–with my husband drawing a poet’s name from it at one minute past midnight–rather than having to pick and choose between favorites . . .
So, congratulations, Kirsten Cliff! I’ll be sending you a copy of Ueda’s Modern Japanese Tanka shortly . . . .
And thank you to all for coming to my party!