Saturday, 21 October 2017

Tanka Project #15: Golden

This started off as a ranting poem about Brexit, but even though I still firmly believe in my rant, it doesn't achieve anything, so instead I've made it personal and noted that we all of us have things we don't want to understand, and they will make us stuck.


Friday, 20 October 2017

Tanka Project #14: Unhuman

This is another tanka that's come out of the work I've been revisiting lately. It's about gun control, 'illegal' immigrants, human trafficking. All of that cheery stuff.


Thursday, 19 October 2017

Tanka Project #13: Robot

It seems that poetry editors all over the world have had a bit more time to crack on at home lately, and I've had a rash of rejections and been reworking some of my stuff in the light of that.

A few tankas have come out of this process and here's the first, using a gardening robot to imagine what we might do to our own future.


Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Projekto Tanka #12

Esperanto is a language crafted for peace. It's about ten times easier to learn than other languages and has a lot less of the baggage of colonialism that English lugs around with it.

I love the English language, but think that you get so much more from the world if you can see it through another language too, so I've been learning Esperanto lately, and here's the first of my Esperanto tankas.

This is loosely based on Tanka #1: I seek to conjure, although due to there being more syllables in Esperanto, and more simple language, I've reduced it down to being a poem about summoning Autumn through an imagined painting of the leaves.


Esperanto estas lingvo kreita por paco. Ĝi estas proksimume dekoble pli facila pli ol aliajn lingvojn. 

Mi amas la anglan lingvon, sed mi pensas, ke oni vidas pli multe de la mondo kun alia lingvo, do mi lernis Esperanton lastatempe, kaj jen estas la unua el miaj Esperantaj tankaoj. 

Ĉi tio estas inspirita de tanka #1.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Tanka Project #11: Moonlight

Today's tanka is a shorter version of another poem of mine, inspired by women coming together through the ages.


Monday, 16 October 2017

Tanka Project #10:Favourite

The photo prompt for the Fat Mum Slim Photo a Day challenge the other day was 'favourite'.

Favourite is a contentious issue in my house. Miss 7 is desperate for me to admit that she's my favourite and Miss 10 is annoyed that I always describe her as my favourite 10 (or 9, 8 etc) year old. 

I know some parents have favourites, and truth be told there are moments when I find a child particularly lovely, or particularly not, but surely a favourite has to be more sustained than that? If so, then I could not possibly say, not even if you hypnotised me!

Just a quick note to my favourite sister before you get to the picture... I know you hate fish, and I'm sorry.


Sunday, 15 October 2017

Tanka Project: Guests

I'm trying to make the Tanka Project Instagram page look all fancy and professional, but I keep posting things in the wrong order! Anyway, I have had a chance to repost some absolutely luscious poems from other Instagram users, so I thought I'd share the first three of those here just for you.



Gary's tanka is really interesting, raising images in my mind, I especially love the way he leaves it with the dancing after the music.


Debora's tanka comes with a beautiful image, and I love the way she uses the imagery of the low fog to discuss mood. This tanka has such a morning feel for me.



Last up today is Eric, whose cute drawn birds beautifully complement his meta poem about poetry and togetherness. It drew a smile to my lips because I am forever counting when I'm tanka-ing. 12345, 1234567, 12345... I count with the fingers on my right hand against my thigh. I start with my little finger. My brother and I were talking about poetry because of the Tonka Tanka and he told me he doesn't get poetry - there are always meanings hidden away and it just feels like work. Personally I love a bit of that, although sometimes it can seem to be a little obtuse (and I know I can be guilty of that myself), but here Eric keeps it beautifully simple with the polychromatic lenses of his words. That's all it is - a wee focus.

Many thanks to Gary, Debora, and to Eric for being my first Tanka Project guests. I hope you've loved their work like I did.