For each issue of the Tanka Society of America’s journal Ribbons, members are invited to submit tanka on a particular theme for inclusion in editor Michael McClintock’s Tanka Café. From those entries, one tanka is selected for a Member’s Choice Award and honored with a commentary and publication in the next issue. It’s always fun to see the variety of responses to Michael’s prompts, as well as to read the winning tanka and accompanying comments. In the current issue, this honor fell to me for the following tanka written on the theme of “Afterlife.”
what do I know
of this life or the next . . .
than the woman I watch
feeding pigeons n the park
Member’s Choice Award, Tanka Café,
Ribbons 9:2, Fall 2013
I’m pleased to have been singled out for this recognition, especially since the judge who selected my poem is one of my tanka heroes, Amelia Fielden, who not only writes exquisite tanka but also translates tanka from the Japanese. Now, as a winner, I get to choose and write a commentary from tanka submitted for the prompt “Colors.” I’m excited to have the opportunity and look forward to the process.