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.

English on-line literature magazine "Right Hand Pointing" poste my work

"Right Hand Pointing" in its issue 151 posted 4 Tan-Ku sets which Ms. Deborah P Kolodji and I created together.




a lavender
bubble bath makes me
the shades of
mum’s yukata (M)

combing out my hair
I close my eyes
and see her face (D)



autumn forest
deepens and deepens
in color
who knows
when I will disappear (M)

chilled by the wind
each step closer
to winter (D)

Mariko Kitakubo and Deborah P Kolodji



Sirius Rising

dog days
my maltipoo and I
stay inside and sleep (D)

the joy
of getting lost . . .
am I in
the sky or ocean?
lapis lazuli (M)


9th Inning

losing streak
the crack as his bat
hits a foul ball (D)

every motion
stops and restarts
slowly . . .
we catch our breath
Gyakuten Sayonara!! (M)

Deborah P Kolodji and Mariko Kitakubo


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