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Mariko Kitakubo

Born in Tokyo.
Living in Mitaka-city, Tokyo
Japan Writers' Association,
Japan PEN Club,
Association of Contemporary Tanka Poets,
Japan Tanka Poets' Society,
Tanka Online Project,
Tanka Society of America.

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

Contemprary Tanka Poet Mariko Kitakubo.

"A Cappella" which is a sequence of English Haiku and English Tanka that Ms. Deborah P. Kolodji and I composed together was posted in a New Zealand poetry magazine, "Kokako" in its volume 34.

The cover of Kokako issue 34 is an image created by Mr. Ron Moss, who is an artist and English Haiku poet.





A Cappella

can you see
longing . . .
under the thick clouds (M)

my dreams fly
a mountain pokes through
the mist (D)

seeing me
in your world
find yourself
in matching sunglasses (M)

backyard pond
I hear your words
in the mirror(D)

one wing of
a pair. . .
we each sing
a different verse (M)

a cappella
at midnight
moonglow (D)

Deborah P Kolodji & Mariko Kitakubo

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Monday, April 19, 2021

April 16, 4:00 p.m. PDT (Apr. 17, 8:00 a.m. JST), I participated in Friday Poetry Meeting presided at by Ms. Kathabela Wilson. Ms. Deborah P Kolodji and I performed reading together our latest English Haiku and Tanka sequence.
With the PowerPoint presentation provided by Ms. Debora, all participants enjoyed our presentation. I'm really happy about this.


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Monday, April 19, 2021

April 7, 4:00 p.m. PDT (Apr. 8, 8:00 a.m. JST), I participated in Wednesday Poetry Meeting presided at by Ms. Kathabela Wilson.
The meeting featured Deborah P Kolodji's visit to Japan in 2019, and we presented a joint reading performance of our triptych, "MEIJI-Jinguu", "ASAKUSA", "INOKASHIRA-PARK".

It is a great honor for me to support her presentation.

Ms. Kathabela and Ms. Deborah, thank you very much for those unforgettable and happy moments.。


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Thursday, April 8, 2021

April 6, 7:30 p.m. PDT (April 7, 11:30 a.m. JST), I participated in Cobalt Poets Poetry Reading event presided at by Mr. Rick Lupert, and performed English-Japanese bilingual Tanka reading.

It is a great honor to be invited to the event as a featured reader.
Mr. Rick Lupert, thank you so much for the great opportunity.

Click below to watch the event video.

My reading performance, including Mr. Lupert's introduction about me, starts at about 33:20 and runs through to 55 minutes.

Cobalt Poets presents Mariko Kitakubo + Open reading


Cobalt Poets Website posted a beautiful broadside for my performance.
(Click the image below to view in large size and/or download it.)

Let me introduce some of the comments made while my reading performance.

20:10:20 Lisbeth Coiman  I am tripping over this.
20:11:45 Nathaniel Horowitz  nice
20:12:13 Nathaniel Horowitz  riverside strong wind that night I escaped from suicide
20:21:29 Seretta Martin everywhere is autumn color me too please
20:23:14 Cynthia Anderson "by the misty pond a glimmer of hope"
20:25:01 Nathaniel Horowitz density of sunlight
20:27:36 Cynthia Anderson "snowflakes have their own endings"
20:28:46 Tara A. Elliott Wonderful!
20:29:06 Tara A. Elliott Stunning.
20:29:09 Deborah P Kolodji Beautiful, rich, wonderful reading!
20:29:15 Sigrid Saradunn WoW !
20:29:23 Sigrid Saradunn Thank you so very much
20:29:32 Lob wow.. so wonderful! thank you so much
20:30:20 KenScott The entire work resonated with me. The mood was sublime. Thank you for this wonderful performance!
20:30:23 Rick Lupert Download the broadside for Mariko’s poem here

Check out Mariko’s most recent book “Indigo” on Amazon here:

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20:30:48 Lisbeth Coiman That was so beautiful. The imagery of nature, the ritualistic aspect of the reading. I am so happy I came to see you, Mariko. Delightful
20:31:06 Dig Wayne “…a dark hollow of me…”
20:31:26 Seretta Martin Another stellar broadside. So perfect for her!
20:31:28 Lisbeth Coiman Ahh. I receive your gift
20:31:33 Salvatore Roseo stunning work
20:31:42 KenScott Thank you, Mariko, for blessing us with your presence and spirit!
20:32:44 Karen Scott Thank you, Mariko, for that lovely presentation!
20:33:04 Crystophver R Monumental Mariko!

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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

April 2, 4:00 p.m. PDT (Apr. 3 8:00 a.m. JST), I participated in Friday Poetry Meeting presided at by Ms. Kathabela Wilson, and performed improvised reading of tanka both in English and in Japanese.
The meeting featured a collaboration of English Haiku and photos taken by Ms. Deborah P Kolodji, my best friend, when she came to Japan in April 2019.

It was a wonderful time for me to be able to relive the days when she stayed at my house.
Thank you very much, Deborah.

I sincerely hope that the days will come back soon so that we can travel back and forth between our countries.

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Saturday, April 3, 2021

I am very honored to announce that I am invited as a featured reader of Cobalt Poets Zoom reading event presided at by Mr. Rick Lupert.

I would like to express my sincere gratitude toward Mr. R. Lupert for this wonderful opportunity.

I will do my best to satisfy everyone's expectation!

Date & Time:
April 6th 7:30 pm (PST) / April 7th 11:30 am (JST)

Cobalt Poets Facebook notice:



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Thursday, April 1, 2021

March 26, 4:00 p.m. PST (Mar. 27 8:00 a.m. JST), I participated in Friday Poetry Meeting presided at by Ms. Kathabela Wilson from Inokashira Park where cherry blossoms are in full bloom.
Accompanied by Mr. Rick Wilson's Shakuhachi flute play, I was able to present my bilingual tanka reading in a gorgeous atmosphere.

I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude toward my dearest Mr. & Mrs. Wilson.
This meeting featured Ms. Yvette Kolodji, an English Haiku poet and an artist. Appreciating her creative and innovative art surrounded by Japanese cherry blossoms which she loves was a precious time for me. Thank everyone for all.

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Saturday, March 27, 2021

March 2nd, 7:30 p.m. PST (Mar. 3, 12:30 JST), I participated in Cobalt Poets Reading Zoom Event presided at by Mr. Rick Lupert, and performed bilingual reading in Japanese and in English. The piece I presented was "Meiji Jingu", which is the sequence Ms. Deborah P Kolodji and I created together.
Mr. Hiram Silms was the feature poet in this event. His poems led me into his distinctive and unique world, and inspired me a lot.
I would like to express my gratitude toward Mr. Rick Lupert and everyone in the meeting.


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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

February 25, 1:00 p.m. PST (Feb. 26 6:00 a.m. JST), I participated in Thursday Poetry Zoom Meeting presided at by Ms. Kathabela Wilson. Ms. Deborah P Kolodji and I performed reading of our new English Haiku & English Tanka sequence which we created together.

It is the tenth sequence we created together. I once again realized that how happy I am to be able to collaborate with a poet being in tune with each other.
Participants from the U.S., Canada, Japan and France gathered and had active discussions. This international meeting inspired me a lot.

For everyone in the meeting, thank you very much.

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Friday, February 26, 2021

Red Lights, an English poetry journal, posted my new Tanka sequence.

This sequence was created in this autumn in Inokashira Park where few people were due to coronavirus pandemic.

I am very honored with the proposal from Ms. Marilyn Hazelton, the editor of Red Lights, saying she wants post the sequence as a whole, because it is rather a normal practice that editors selects one piece from the sequence to post in their poetry journals.

I would like to send my sincere gratitude toward Ms. Hazelton.




『Incense Smoke』

by Mariko Kitakubo

how can I
live and love?
every where
is Autumn...
color me too, please

the pale milky
the ripe silence
of Autumn

what am I
looking for ?
the last glow
of Autumn---
a dark hollow of me

chilly morning
Autumn will leave
by the misty pond
a glimmer of hope

smoke came
to me
and stay for a while
Covid19, 2020

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Friday, February 26, 2021