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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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October 21st, 1:00 p.m. PDT (Oct. 22nd, 5:00 a.m. JST), I participated in the Thursday Poetry Zoom Meeting presided at by Ms. Kathabela Wilson.
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I was very glad that the members enjoyed my reading performance of English tanka with two kinds of Hamon-on. Mr. Rick Wilson presented the meeting his Shakuhachi performance, and I was able to spend an enriching time in the early morning of an autumn day.
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To all the participants, thank you very much.
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After the meeting, Ms. Kathabela Wilson shared on SNS a wonderful & thoughtful comment on my performance. I would like to send my sincere gratitude toward Ms. K. Wilson.

"Mariko Kitakubo so graceful and musical caries hopefulness of the future, tanka words like a magical cure." (text & photo by Ms. Kathabela Wilson.)

  

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Friday, October 22, 2021

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October 15th, 5:00 p.m. PDT (Oct. 16th, 9:00 a.m. JST), I participated in the Friday Poetry Zoom Meeting presided at by Ms. Kathabela Wilson, from the Hakuba Goryu Petit hotel ASSAM where I stayed.
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Mr. Hiroshi Onoue, the owner of the hotel, is a member of "Kokoro no Hana", and I have known his wife for a long time. I am very grateful to him for his kindness in allowing me to access to Zoom Meeting from inside of the hotel.
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In the meeting, I presented a reading of my new English tanka sequence themed on my paragliding experience in Hakuba, Nagano Pref., Japan. I was honored that the members enjoyed my performance.
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Saturday, October 16, 2021

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I participated in the Friday Poetry Zoom Meeting presided at by Ms. Kathabela Wilson on October 8 from 4:00 p.m. PDT (8:00 a.m. JST on October 9).

I performed reading of the latest three pieces, "Autumn Ghosts," "Leaving the Womb," and "Traces," which are the haiku & tanka sequences I wrote with Deborah P Kolodji.

(photo by M. Kitakubo)
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"Traces" is the 18th sequence we wrote together, and we were inspired by the photo I took of an autumn cloud that looks like a great fingerprint.

I would like t share it with you after it is published in a poetry magazine.

(Photo by Ms. Kathabela Wilson)

  

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Saturday, October 9, 2021

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Rattlecast111 has just live-streamed an interview program featuring my best friend, Ms. Deborah P Kolodji.

I would like to express my sincere gratitude toward Ms. Deborah for performing "Both Sides of The Ocean", which Ms. Deborah and I composed together, and published in a New Zealand poetry journal "KOKAKO" in 2020.

Her interview was streamed via Facebook and Youtube. I am very honored about this.

> click here to view Ms. Deborah P Kolodji's interview on Rattlecast111.

Both Sides of the Ocean

by Deborah P Kolodji & Mariko Kitakubo

tea for both
sides of the ocean
smiling moon (D)

sharing
time under
the big dipper ---
gente roundness
of our horizon (M)

was it only yesterday?
cherry blossoms lined
a graveyard (D)

chatting
on the terrace ...
our roses
under my sun
under your moon (M)

I look up
through bougainvillea
skies we once travelled (D)

clouds come
into my tea cup
and go out ...
do they drift
from mine to yours? (M)

Monday, September 27, 2021

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September 24th, 4:00 p.m. PDT (September 25, 8:00 JST), I participated in Friday Poetry Zoom Meeting presided at by Ms. Kathabela Wilson, and performed reading of Japanese - English Tanka sequences.
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Some of them were already-published my own work, and others were unpublished English Tanka sequence which Ms. Kathabela and I created. I was happy that the participants enjoyed my performance accompanied by purcussion play.

  

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Saturday, September 25, 2021

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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