this time of day
when clouds drift down from sky
I think of you . . .
next to me, embracing
a sudden stream of light
—red lights, Summer 2013
It’s hard to believe it’s summer’s end, although I must admit I’m glad to be welcoming the renewed energy of autumn–with a harvest moon, cooler temperatures, and the promise of rich color on the trees to look forward to in days ahead. I’ve been woefully sluggish about updating my posts, but I haven’t been completely idle. During the past few months:
- I’ve received copies of two anthologies that feature my work. The first, Fire Pearls 2: Short Masterpieces of Love and Passion, is a fascinating book of tanka meant to be read in linking fashion. I hope to have a more in-depth review of editor M. Kei’s wonderful addition to the world of tanka in a future post.
- I also was delighted to discover that a tanka sequence of mine, “Carrying the River,” was featured on the back inside cover of Dos Gatos Press’ 2014 Texas Poetry Calendar. This handy engagement calendar includes 98 poems from 98 (mostly Texas-based) poets.
- Skylark, a new biennial journal edited by talented tanka poet Claire Everett, arrived on the scene this summer with a new issue due out sometime this winter. I’m more than happy to have some of my tanka included within its pages.
- And I’ve had work appear in tinywords, Frogpond, A Hundred Gourds, The Heron’s Nest, red lights, and Ribbons in the past three months.
Life is good.