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Mariko Kitakubo Profile

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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September 3rd, 4:00 p.m. PDT (September 4, 8:00 a.m. JST), I participated in Friday Poetry Zoom Meeting presided at by Ms. Kathabela Wilson, and performed reading of my latest tanka sequence in English and in Japanese.
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I also presented reading of English Haiku and English Tanka sequence which I created with Ms. Deborah P Kolodji. I am glad that everyone enjoyed it.

(Photo by Ms. Kathabela Wilson)

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Ms. Suzan Burch and Ms. Amelia Fieldenv also attended the meeting, and it was a very meaningful poetry meeting for me. Thank you very much for everyone.

(Photo by Ms. Kathabela Wilson)

  

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Saturday, September 4, 2021

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August 31, 7:30 p.m. PDT (September 1, 11:30 a.m JST), I participated in Cobalt Poets Reading presided at by Mr. Rick Lupert.
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Although I was able to be with them for a short time, I was happty to get together with the members after a while.
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Ms. Deborah P Kolodji and I performed reading of our latest English Haiku and English Tanka sequence titled "Lego Box". I was very glad that everyone enjoyed our presentation.

  

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Wednesday, September 1, 2021

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Tanka Sequences

Escape

riverside
unstoppable
spring wind
that day I escaped
from suicide

memory
of the violence
can survive
under water...
uncountable tough bubbles

don't try
to find me
I will be
nowhere...
somewhere in your memory

buds
are ready for
our future
sakura avenue
on our planet

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Tanka Cafe Theme: Spring Love.

how many
springs since
my love
passed away
cherry blossom rain

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Tuesday, August 3, 2021

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July 30, 4:00 p.m. PDT (July 31, 8:00 a.m. JST), I participated in Friday Poetry Zoom Meeting presided at by Ms. Kathabela Wilson.
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I performed a reading of a new sequence that I created together with Ms. Deborah P Kolodji, a talented English Haiku poet and one of my very close friends. I am very glad that the participants appreciated our performance.
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I was fortunate to have had an opportunity to get in touch with the other participants' poetry works and Mr. Rick Wilson's flute performance.
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The soothing sound of "Hamonon" was added at the end of my reading presentation.

  

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Saturday, July 31, 2021

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June 25, 4:00 p.m. PDT (June 26, 8:00 a.m. JST), I participated in Friday Poetry Zoom Meeting presided at by Ms. Kathabela Wilson, and performed reading of a new sequence that Ms. Deborah P Kolodji and I created together.
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Ms. Deborah shared a nostalgic photo taken at Asilomar Conference Grounds in California in 2008. It is what inspired us for this new sequence. Our presentation proceeded in a friendly atmosphere.
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Thank you very much for the fruitful time. Everyone's presentation inspired me a lot.

  

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Saturday, June 26, 2021

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June 15, 7:30 p.m. PDT (June 16, 11:30 a.m. JST), I participated in Cobalt Poets Reading Event presided at by Mr. Rick Lupert, and performed reading of the latest sequence of English Haiku and Tanka, which Ms. Deborah P Kolodji and I created together.

This event featured Ms. Kathabela Wilson, who is my very best friend. I enjoyed her reading presentation of her poems themed on travel together with the old flute performance by Mr. Rick Wilson, who is Ms. Kathabela Wilson's husband.
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Thank you very much for such a wonderful and enriching time.

  

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

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June 11, 4:00 p.m. PDT (June 12, 8:00 a.m. JST), I participated in Friday Poetry Zoom Meeting presided at by Ms. Kathabela Wilson.

The meeting was held in memory of our good friend, Mr. Robert Stewart, an excellent photographer, painter, and poet, who passed away suddenly.
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It was a time of remembrance. Each one of us shared our memories of him, his achievements, and his warm and sincere personality.

I shared a photo of my hands playing percussion that he had taken in 2012. I performed improvised reading of tanka inspired by the photo imagery presented by one of the participants.

May his soul be filled with peace.

  

朗読パフォーマンスのトップへ戻る

Saturday, June 12, 2021

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May 28, 4:00 p.m. PDT (May 29, 8:00 a.m. JST), I participated in Friday Poetry Meeting presided at by Ms. Kathabela Wilson, and performed reading of my new Tanka sequence both in Japanese and in English.
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I was fortunate to be able to interact with poets from English-speaking countries after a long time and to receive fresh inspiration.

Thank you very much to the organizer and all participants.

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Saturday, May 29, 2021

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May 7, 4:00 p.m. PDT (May 8, 8:00 a.m. JST), I participated in Friday Poetry Meeting presided at by Ms. Kathabela Wilson, and performed reading of my new Tanka sequence both in Japanese and in English.
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Although I am in the middle of composing new Tanka for a Japanese publisher on a commission basis, I was very happy to have an opportunity to get inspired from another angle by English-speaking creators.

It's been a while since I attended the meeting last time, but it was a fruitful time for me.

Dear Kathabela, and everyone in the meeting, thank you very much.

  

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Saturday, May 8, 2021

TSA Ribbons Winter 2021 printed my new works, a sequence entitled "A Bird's-Eye View", and a piece each in its selected Tanka and Tanka Cafe.

Given that the TSA has a large membership, it is generally not so easy to be chosen one, even if I submit several.

Honestly, I was very surprised that Ms. Christine L. Villa, the editor, was kind enough to select the full sequence of mine and another piece for Selected Tanka. I am so grateful for it.

I also want to express my heartfelt gratitude to Mr. Michael Mclintoc, editor-in-chief of Tanka Cafe.

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Tanka Cafe: Theme Escape

dropping
from the pocket
of God
where can I go ...
hopeless ark

 

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Selected Tanka

before
my birth
after my death
I will be there
banyan shade

 

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Sequence

A Bird's-Eye View

Mt. Hakuba
it needs
no name . . .
density of sunlight
snowy folds

paragliding
a bird's-eye view
relaxing in the blue
I'm also
a tiny fluff

this moment
glows
and disappears
snowflakes have
their own endings

Hakuba village,
I will return again —
homemade
rose potato butter
and skies without clouds

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Friday, April 23, 2021