Contemprary Tanka Poet Mariko Kitakubo.

Mariko Kitakubo Profile

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,
Tan-Ku Co-Founder,
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. Article details.

Ms. Deborah P Kolodji introduced our sequence in Rattlecast111 interview


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)

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

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

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)