Wednesday, August 21, 2013

One Man’s Maple Moon: Silence Tanka by Michael McClintock

English Original

seeks the center
of every tree and rock,
that thing we hold closest --
the end of songs

Letters in Time: Sixty Short Poems, 2005

Michael McClintock

Chinese Translation (Traditional)
那最貼近我們的事 --

Chinese Translation (Simplified)

那最贴近我们的事 --

Bio Sketch

Michael McClintock's lifework in haiku, tanka, and related literature spans over four decades. His many contributions to the field include six years as president of the Tanka Society of America (2004-2010) and contributing editor, essayist, and poet for dozens of journals, anthologies, landmark collections and critical studies. McClintock now lives in Clovis, California, where he works as an independent scholar, consultant for public libraries, and poet. Meals at Midnight [tanka], Sketches from the San Joaquin [haiku] and Streetlights: Poetry of Urban Life in Modern English Tanka, are some of his recent titles.

1 comment:

  1. This is a well-crafted 'middle-of-the-story' tanka that leaves 'dreaming room' for the reader's emotion and reflection (on, such as the connection between the two parts of the poem, or the meanings, literal and figurative, of L5).

    This poem can be read against Basho's haiku below:

    stillness -
    seeping into the rocks
    the cicada's voice