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.

Tanka Society of America Fall 2023 Volume 19, Number 3

I am pleased to report that my work has been published in TSA Ribbons Fall 2023 Vol19 No.3.

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Tanka Editor Ms. Susan Weaver for selecting my sequence from the many works of many members.

I would also like to thank Tanka Hangout Editor Mr. Ken Slaughter.
Thank you very much.



The Past

Mariko Kitakubo, Tokyo, Japan

the bloody red sky
the agony
of hibakusha*
...still there

darker and darker
her shadow each summer
as August approaches
my friend was a spy
for the Allies

the hidden past
growing heavier
did her information
help a Fatman**
and a Little Boy?

at midnight
of Hiroshima Day
and Nagasaki Day
the secret box of feelings
opens by itself

* "Hibakusha, the survivors of the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, suffered radiation sickness, the death of family and friends, and discrimination, as rumors spread that the effects of radiation exposure might be contagious.

** "Fat Man" and "Little Boy" were Manhattan Project code-names for the two different types of atomic bombs.

Ribbons - Fall 2023 page 69



Tanka Hangout: Tribute Poems

the blind poet
spoke in English or French,
played koto
I miss you, grandma...
her infinite field of view

Mariko Kitakubo, Tokyo, Japan


...Some poets pay homage to family members. Mariko Kitakubo recalls her grandmother, who was a "blind poet." She played the koto, a traditional Japanese zither. ... by -Ken Slaughter

Ribbons - Fall 2023 page 13


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