Reading performance in Japan and overseas. Mariko Kitakubo

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. Reading Performance.

Tanka reading performance oveseas.

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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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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Some of them were already-published my own work, and others were unpublished English Tanka sequence which Ms.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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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.

  

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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