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
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Original Tanka presented at
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Tan-Ku reading at The Art House in Monrovia on July 11, 2023

On July 11, 2023, the excellent painter Ms. Susan Dobey, whom I have known for a long time, invited me to her art gallery and gave a tanka reading performance for those who rarely have a chance to listen to tanka poetry.

I was very happy to have the opportunity to perform Tan-Ku's reading from DISTANCE, which I co-authored with Ms. Deborah P. Kolodji.

For background music, Mr. Rick Wilson played an old Native American vertical flute in addition to my percussion.
From Tan-Ku Collection, " DISTANCE"

In the Wind

wild dogs
can smell
our wildness
the traces of us
in ruined cities

   a mockingbird
   learns a new song

it might
be raining ashes
across the sea
across the border
settled in time

   wings of planes
   wings of birds
   no doves

for a twig of
shining green
forgogtten ark

   new skies
   condors return
   from near-extinction


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