Thursday, January 28, 2016

One Man's Maple Moon: Anti-War Tanka by Sanford Goldstein

English Original

a red
plastic whistle
I blow,
at the anti-war
demonstration

Sanford Goldstein


Chinese Translation (Traditional)

在反戰
示威遊行中,
我猛吹  
一個紅色
塑膠口哨

Chinese Translation (Simplified)

在反战
示威遊行中,
我猛吹  
一个红色
塑胶口哨 


Bio Sketch

Sanford Goldstein has been publishing tanka for more than fifty years.  He was born in l925 and is now 89 years old.  Long ago, he wrote haiku, but decided to focus on tanka.  His latest books, three in the last two years, have each said this would be his last.

1 comment:

  1. Sanford's cinematic minimalist tanka ( 10 words in total) zooms in very close to a part (L1:"a red"; extreme close-up shot) of a plastic whistle (Ls 1&2; close-up), and gradually zoom out ("I blow"; medium shot)to include the people (L4: "at the anti-war"; long shot) in the demonstration (L5; extreme long shot).

    His tanka effectively builds, line/shot by line/shot, to an unexpected yet sociopolitically powerful ending that has the most weight and reveals the anti-war theme.

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