Thursday, March 7, 2013

One Man's Maple Moon: Redwood Forest Tanka by Peggy Heinrich

English Original

as a child
I thought I'd never grow up
now it seems
I've wandered forever
in this redwood forest                                     

The Tanka Journal, 39, 2011

Peggy Heinrich

Chinese Translation (Traditional)


Chinese Translation (Simplified)


Bio Sketch

Peggy Heinrich's seven books of poetry include most recently, Forward Moving Shadows, a collection of tanka with photographs by John Bolivar. The same pair published, via Modern English Tanka Press, Peeling an Orange, with Heinrich's haiku and Bolivar's photos. A native New Yorker, Peggy resettled in Santa Cruz, California, after many cold winters in New York and Connecticut.

1 comment:

  1. The upper verse successfully sets the thematic context while the lower one works effectively on at least two levels, literal and metaphoric. The redwood forest, one of the important thematic motifs in children's literature, functions like Neverland featured in the works of J. M. Barrie and those based on them.

    Here are two books about the redwood forest:

    Dror Shai Levi's The Sacred Redwood Forest

    and Jason Chin's Redwoods, whose summary is as follows:

    "An ordinary train ride becomes and extraordinary trip to the great ancient forests

    A subway trip is transformed when a young boy happens upon a book about redwood forests. As he reads the information unfolds, and with each new bit of knowledge, he travels--all the way to California to climb into the Redwood canopy. Crammed with interesting and accurate information about these great natural wonders, Jason Chin's first book is innovative nonfiction set within a strong and beautiful picture storybook."