Publicized in Tanka Society of America: 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
Original Tanka presented at
Spoken World Live

Contemprary Tanka Poet Mariko Kitakubo. Tanka Society of America.

My Tanka publicized in Tanka Society of America.

Thank you so much, Ms. Autumn Noelle Hall for using my tanka for "Tanka Studio'' about Ukraine.

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Tanka Studio: Ukraine

our smile
in the old frame
where are you?
empty beaches
in Ukraine

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life is life
including death...
a dead branch
is the main poet
at the tea house

 

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Waiting Here

Mariko Kitakubo, Tokyo, Japan
Kath Abela Wilson, Pasadena, CA

the sound
of "Someday"
makes me cry
vague rainbow...
can we meet again?
(M)

setting the table
of "Somewhere"
our favorite wine
remembered dishes
make me smile
(K)

your plate
was spring green
mine was white
from that Atlantic beach
in Portugal
(M)

across the Pacific
I see a hundred cups
waiting
to be filled to the brim
with our future
(K)

harvest moon
in Tokyo, Inokashira Park
without you
opening red wine
for moon-viewing
(M)

waiting here
on our balcony
with a glass of hope
finally
you arrive pure and round
(K)

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papyrus
tells us nothing...
pharaoh's ship
sails in the sky
behind the truth

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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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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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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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Click below to purchase in Amazon:
Check this out: Dance into the World: Tanka Society of America Twentieth Anniversary Anthology

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Tanka Cafe, Theme:History

deep pulse
of Canine fern
roots...
was there the rainy season
in the Paleozoic Era?

 

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Responsive Tanka

First Zoom

Mariko Kitakubo, Tokyo Japan
Kath Abela Wilson, Pasadena CA

blooming
in my entryway garden
a first rose,
'' butterfly '' ...
dew on the net
(M)

rainbow mallard silence
on the hanging scroll
your voice
offers a taste
of strawberries
(K)

sangria
in early summer
on my terrace
we kampai over
the international dateline
(M)

looking through
my crystal glass
your smile on screen
across the table
3000 miles
(K)

how many
seagulls or dolphins
hear our tanka
zooming by ...
underwater echoes
(M)

a gallery nest
full of wings
flutterings
the sounds of poems
cracking open
(K)

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Responsive Tanka

 

 

Wonder

Kath Abela Wilson, Pasadena, CA
Mariko Kitakubo, Tokyo, Japan

ten thousand miles
I try to hold
the world
in my trembling hands
too big too small
(K)

blue tears
of our mother planet
so far away
how many centuries
since we disappeared
(M)


earth
was a world
that had water
a little girl looks up
to another sky
(K)

where
did we come from
where will we go
stars bloom
in innocent eyes
(M)


when wave
touches sand
we are all born
castles are built
and vanish
(K)

shells
and small footprints
on the sandbank . . .
are they fossils?
a splash of time
(M)


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Tanka Cafe - Theme, Time

crying door
everyone comes
into the bar
with their own sorrow ...
happy hour

 

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Selected Tanka

a wind song
in the sky
above the Roman ruins ---
am I the trembling rose
pale pale purple?

Winter 2020: Volume 16, Number 1

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Tanka Cafe - Theme, Time

clear green
was born ---
timeless
time of the forest
source of Hime River

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Selected tanka

endless
the sounds of the spring ---
is there a small boat
for the last trip
of my life

Fall 2019: Volume 15, Number 3