new moon . . .

new moon
a cluster of stars lights
the vineyard . . .
through darkness and shadows
I see myself clearly

Moonbathing: A Journal of Women’s Tanka, issue 8, Summer 2013

Those of you who read my blog from time to time know that I have a soft spot in my heart for Pamela A. Babusci’s biennial journal Moonbathing. I credit Pamela, a veteran and award-winning tanka poet, with introducing me to this ancient five-line form; she also, coincidentally, published my first tanka (my first published short-form poetry) two years ago. Since that time, Pamela has become a friend as well as a mentor to me. Her generosity and enthusiasm have touched the lives of many tanka poets–fledgling and otherwise.

I always look forward to receiving her journal of woman’s tanka, and the new issue is no exception. As usual, it’s filled with delectable tanka from so many diverse voices. Thank you, Pamela, for all you do to promote women’s tanka.

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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4 Responses to new moon . . .

  1. Adelaide says:

    Pamela has a great journal, publishing tanka of high quality. Like you, I find the journal good reading, including your fine tanka.


    • Thank you, Adelaide. One of the great pleasures of journals like Pamela’s is becoming familiar with the styles and range of voices of tanka poets like yourself. I love the “lightness” of your work as well . . .

  2. Janet L. D. says:

    “through darkness and shadows I see myself clearly” resonates well with me – and I like the contrast of brightness and darkness.

    I enjoy reading Moonbathing, too, and agree about Pamela’s enthusiasm and contributions!

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