Sunday, November 22, 2015

One Man's Maple Man: Solitary Woman Tanka by Pamela A. Babusci

English Original

a solitary woman
knows a heartache
or two
tossing scarlet petals
into her evening bath

A Solitary Woman, 2013

Pamela A. Babusci

Chinese Translation (Traditional)


Chinese Translation (Simplified)


Bio Sketch

Pamela A. Babusci  is an internationally award winning haiku, tanka poet and haiga artist. Some of her awards include: Museum of Haiku Literature Award, International Tanka Splendor Awards, First Place Yellow Moon Competition (Aust) tanka category,  First Place Kokako Tanka Competition,(NZ) First Place Saigyo Tanka Awards (US), Basho Festival Haiku Contests (Japan).  Pamela has illustrated several books, including: Full Moon Tide: The Best of Tanka Splendor Awards, Taboo Haiku, Chasing the Sun, Take Five: Best Contemporary Tanka, and A Thousand Reasons 2009. Pamela was the founder and now is the solo Editor of Moonbathing: a journal of women’s tanka; the first all women’s tanka journal in the US

1 comment:

  1. With the aid of sensually vivid imagery, the thematic and emotional turn in the lower verse lifts the poem up a notch, transforming the solitary woman portrayed in the upper verse into a woman who "will step with courage and longing toward new connections, bearing with her like scarlet petals the weight of loss, the awareness of risk, and the necessity of love." (Jenny Ward Angyal, "Net of Stars," Skylark, 2:1, Summer 2014, p. 151).

    This heartfelt tanka could be read as a sequel to the following one included in the same book, "A Solitary Woman:"

    who knows
    how to live with
    finishing my self-portrait
    with layers of regret