The March issue of A Hundred Gourds is out, and, with it, tanka editor Susan Constable has given readers a close look into the work of tanka poet Kozue Uzawa. Uzawa, who emigrated to Canada from Japan in 1971, edits Tanka Canada’s journal Gusts.
In her article, Constable features several selections from Uzawa’s book-length collection of tanka, I’m a Traveler. It’s always a pleasure to be able to read several of a poet’s tanka in one location, and Constable’s response to Uzawa’s work adds even more insight into the experience. Here is one of my favorites of the cited poems:
in the summer sky
shooting stars appear
one after another
I have so many
wishes to make
You can read the entire article for yourself by following this link.
More doings in cyberspace include Aubrie Cox’s most recent “doodleku” challenge, which she’s hosting throughout the remainder of this month on her Yay Words! blog. Each day Aubrie provides a different “doodle” as a prompt her readers can respond to with a short poem. As in the past, several of the poems–and all of the drawings–will be collected into one of Aubrie’s brilliant PDF collections.
Last but not least, there’s a new short-form journal edited by haiku luminary an’ya called kernels starting up. Planned as a quarterly showcase of haiku, haibun, tanka and haiga, kernels will launch its inaugural issue on April 17 in honor of National Poetry Month’s official “Haiku Day.” Submissions are being accepted through the end of March.