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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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February 19, 4:00 p.m. PST (Feb. 20 9:00 a.m. JST), I participated in Friday Poetry Meeting presided at by Ms. Kathabela Wilson, and performed Japanese - English bilingual reading of my new Tanka sequence.
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Although my sequence was about my honest depressed emotion, I felt that the participants understood my feeling very well, and I was able to have confidence to establish soul to soul communication.

Ms. Cynthia Anderson's superior collaboration of images and poems, which was the feature of this meeting, inspired me a lot.
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Also, the other participants presented their unique and free-minded works.

I believe that it is the broad-mindedness of the organizer that let out all the participants' free expressions.

I would like to thank to everyone.

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Saturday, February 20, 2021

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February 16, 7:30 p.m. PST (Feb. 17 12:30 p.m. JST), I participated in The Cobalt Poets Series, an online meeting presided at by Mr. Rick Lupert.
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Mr. Ron Koertge was the featured poet in the meeting.

I was inspired by the presentations made by the participants for the openmic reading. I would like to thank everyone for wonderful time.
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photo by Kathabela Wilson

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Wednesday, February 17, 2021

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February 05, 4:00 p.m. PST (Feb. 06 9:00 a.m. JST), I participated in Friday Poetry Meeting presided at by Ms. Kathabela Wilson, and performed Japanese - English bilingual reading of my Tanka sequence.
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I was impressed with poetry expression of Ms. Toti O'Brien, who is a poet and artist and one of the main themes of this meeting.

Although my participation to the meeting was limited time, I would like to thank everyone attended the meeting.

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Monday, February 8, 2021

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January 29, 4:00 p.m. PST (Jan. 30 9:00 a.m. JST), I participated in Friday Poetry Meeting presided at by Ms. Kathabela Wilson, and performed Japanese - English bilingual reading of new Tanka - Haiku sequence created with Ms. Deborah P Kolodji, which is our 8th sequence in perfect harmony.
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The meeting gave me a special opportunity to get in touch with English poem with full of originality presented by Ms. Thelma T.Reyna, who is the featured poet for this meeting.
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I was also inspired by the fellow members' paintings and flute play presentations. To all attendans, thank you very much for fruitful time.

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Saturday, January 30, 2021

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January 22, 4:00 p.m. PST (Jan. 23 9:00 a.m. JST), I participated in Friday Poetry Meeting presided at by Ms. Kathabela Wilson, and performed reading of my new Tanka sequence.
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In addition to the fellow members' artistic expressions such as poetry, visuals, and flute play, I was strongly impressed with Ms. Kathabela's reading performance of Ms. Amanda Goman's very powerful poem. It really was a immersive moment.
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To all attendants, thank you very much for your precious time.

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Saturday, January 23, 2021

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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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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