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Mariko Kitakubo

Born in Tokyo.
Living in Mitaka-city, Tokyo
Membership
Japan Writers' Association,
Japan PEN Club,
Association of Contemporary Tanka Poets,
Japan Tanka Poets' Society,
Kokoro-No-Hana,
Tanka Online Project,
Tanka Society of America.

In commemoration of
15 years of tanka reading
The Latest Tanka Sequence

Contemprary Tanka Poet Mariko Kitakubo.
お知らせ

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January 15, 4:00 p.m. PST (Jan. 16 9:00 a.m. JST), I participated in Friday Poetry Meeting presided at by Ms. Kathabela Wilson, and performed reading of new Tanka sequence created with Ms. Kathabela.
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I was glad that the participants were interested in "Hamon-on" which is one of the percussion instruments I used for background sound for our reading performance.
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We were all inspired by each other by poetry, paintings, images and flute play presented to the meeting. Sprinkling with improvisation among the fellow members, it was a very amazing meeting.

To Ms. Kathabela and all the attendants, thank you very much.

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Monday, January 18, 2021

I am happy to be able to participate in the Anthology of Tanka Society of America to celebrate its 20th anniversary.

I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to Mr. Michael Dylan Welch, the editor of the anthology.

I sincerely hope TSA, which has the members around the world, continuously contributes to the advancement of Tanka.

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My Tanka included in this anthology:

sky blue
ocean blue
midnight blue ---
we will miss you
mother planet

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Click below to purchase in Amazon:
Check this out: Dance into the World: Tanka Society of America Twentieth Anniversary Anthology

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

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January 6, 4:00 p.m. PST (Jan. 7 9:00 a.m. JST), I participated in wednesday Poetry Meeting presided at by Ms. Kathabela Wilson, and performed reading of new Tanka sequence including improvisation.
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While Tokyo and the surrounding three municipals re-announced a stage of emergency for Covid-19, these weekly Zoom meetings offer me opportunities to cultivate skills to live bright and face issues with flexibility as artists. I strongly believe and feel very grateful to have such opportunities , where attendants beyond the boundary encourage each other, in this situation.
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I would like to survive this tough time together with the fellow members and the president of the meeting.
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Thursday, January 7, 2021

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January 1, 2021, 4:00 p.m. PST (Jan. 2 9:00 a.m. JST), I participated in the New Year Poetry Meeting (Friday Poetry Meeting) presided at by Ms. Kathabela Wilson.

I was very honored for an opportunity to perform reading of "Seedlings", which is a new Tanka and Haiku sequence Ms. Deborah P Kolodji and I created.

The Zoom meeting was perfect to celebrate the beginning of 2021 because poems, music and paintings presented by the fellow members were all full of home for the new year.

I would like to thank everyone. And, I am looking forward to wonderful meetings in this year, too.

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Saturday, January 2, 2021

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December 26, 4:00 p.m. PST (Dec. 26, 9:00 a.m. JST), I participated in Friday Poetry Zoom Meeting presided at by Ms. Kathabela Wilson.
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Althogh it attended the meeting for short time due to my health condition, I was happy to be able to present reading of my latest Tanka sequence and percussion BGM.

I thank everyone for giving me thoughts and opinions.

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Saturday, December 26, 2020

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December 18, 4:00 p.m. PST (Dec. 19, 9:00 a.m. JST), I participated in Friday Poetry Zoom Meeting presided at by Ms. Kathabela Wilson.
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Since I missed some online sessions due to cold, I was very happy to be able to present collaboration of reading performance in this meeting with my best friend Deborah P. Kolodji who was discharged from the hospital recently. I was also very glad to see her fine.

We performed a very unique Tanka & Haiku sequence about PET-CT (positron emission tomography/computed tomography) which both of us experienced at the similar time by coincidence.
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I would like to express my sincere gratitude toward Ms. Kathabela for organizing such a wonderful meeting.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2020

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Saturday, December 12, 2020

Bridge Water International Poetry Festival (BIPF) publicized this year's last reading video playlist.

YouTube broadcast will start December 11, 9:00 a.m. EST (Dec. 11, 11:00 p.m. JST).

I am very honored to be a part of the playlist members. I would like to express my sincere gratitude toward BIPF.

*For the details, please refer to the URL below. You can also watch the video later days.

*Update on Dec. 12:  You can also watch my my presentation on my site.  Click here!

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One last playlist for the year! BIPF is giving you all an hour of poets to brighten the holiday season. Friday, Dec. 11, at 9 a.m., Eastern, (or any time after) tune in to hear these great voices from 11 states and 3 countries:

Stephanie Heit
Mark Fitzgerald
Anum Sattar
Laura Patterson
Ann Ritter
Mariko Kitakubo
Ann Bracken
Alan Murphy
Paris Tate
Linda Nemec Foster
Cassie Premo Steele
Kirk Judd
Diana Woodcock
Kari Gunter-Seymour
Jeanette Skirvin

■ YouTube Playlist
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCh5-Hvl3VUUSGMljNlWY3EA/playlists

■ Bridge Water International Poetry Festival Official Facebook Page
https://www.facebook.com/bridgewaterinternationalpoetryfestival/posts/2831594020410533

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Tuesday, December 8, 2020

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December 4, 4:00 p.m. PST (Dec. 5, 9:00 a.m. JST), I participated in Friday Poetry Zoom Meeting presided at by Ms. Kathabela Wilson.
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With the thoughts and feelings I expressed in my tanka published in TSA Anthology last year in my mind, I performed bilingual reading in Japanese and in English. My thoughts and feelings are still true at the end of this year in which we all endured from Corona virus pandemic for one year.
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I am very honored and it was a wonderful surprise for me that the host as well as all the attendants of the meeting appreciated my performance as the prelude for a wonderful artist Ms. Toti O'Brien's reading from her latest publication, which was the feature of the meeting.

I really thank for everyone in the meeting.

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Friday, December 4, 2020

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November 25th, 4:00 p.m. PST (Nov. 26, 9:00 a.m. JST), I participated in Wednesday Poetry Zoom Meeting presided at by Ms. Kathabela Wilson, and performed reading of a sequence created with Ms. Kathabela and my new and unpublished Tanka. The sequence I created with Ms. Kathabela will be posted in the latest TSA Ribbons.
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I participated this Zoom meeting from Inokashira Park close to my house. probably this is the last chance to deliver late autumn scenery in Japan this year.
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Mr. Rick Wilson's old flute play and Mr. Robert Stewart's paintings were inspirational and were perfect match with the deep autumn scenery in the park where I was. I thank everyone for wonderful meeting.

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Thursday, November 26, 2020