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.

Colorado Boulevard posted Tan-Ku sets and a sequence

Colorado Boulevard in its Earth Month Issue posted Tan-Ku sets and a sequence I co-authored with Ms. Deborah P Kolodji.


Forest Bathing

uphill path
I slow down to breathe
the pine scent (D)

she perches
at the edge of
my straw hat
a butterfly’s siesta
in emerald breeze (M)

Garden Music

silent blooms
in a camellia forest
pond ripples (D)

tsubaki flower
fringed white
under the moonbow (M)

Following the Strands

of nocturnal
salt water
born from a moon
in Andromeda (M)

of the universe
a boy and his dog (D)

of the double helix
has no ending. . .
ancient dragonfly shadows
by the stream (M)

tar pit
on Wilshire Boulevard
saber-toothed tiger (D)

iridescent tail
of a baby lizard
Goddess Nyx
gives him wings
sherbet moon (M)

the speed of sound
through water
whale song (D)

You may want to check Colorado to view our Tan-Ku.