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.

Three Tan-Ku sets are posted in Shot Glass Journal

Shot Glass Journal, an internet magazine, posted 3 Tank sets.

* Click the images below to view the pages in Shot Glass Journal.


About Tan-Ku

Tan-ku is a collaborative form we developed where one poet writes a tanka and the other poet answers with a haiku, or vice versa.



Beach in Malaysia

by Deborah P Kolodji and Mariko Kitakubo

grey skies
the blues inside
me (D)

through rainforest
to the cove
accompanied by lightning
and a rainbow (M)



by Deborah P Kolodji and Mariko Kitakubo

early twilight
the angry voices
next door (D)

darkness is hiding
under children's brims
will be a sunny day. . .
after the war (M)



by Deborah P Kolodji and Mariko Kitakubo

milkweed in bloom
a caterpillar hidden
under a leaf (D)

who can
recognize me
the joy
or loss—
metamorphosis (M)