Saturday, February 14, 2015

One Man's Maple Moon: Love Tanka by Robert Annis

English Original

on a high ledge
a squirrel is nervous
enough to jump --
you speak of
the discomforts of love

Lynx, 28:3, October 2013

Robert Annis

Chinese Translation (Traditional)

想要跳下去 --

Chinese Translation (Simplified)

想要跳下去 --

Bio Sketch

Robert Annis is a Florida born Tampa resident who teaches at the University of South Florida. He has been nominated for the 2013 and 2014 AWP Intro Journals Project and won the Bettye Newman Poetry Award in 2014. His poetry has appeared in Lingerpost, Lynx, Gusts, Ribbons and is forthcoming in the summer issue of Atlas Poetica and Bright Stars, An Organic Tanka Anthology.

1 comment:

  1. This tanka is modeled on a classical love waka that is structured into two parts: the "jo" (prefatory image; Ls 1-3), typically a natural image, and the “main statement” (Ls 4&5) of the poem (Cranston, xxiii). And the prefatory image is “logically metaphoric or at least resonates closely with the emotional point of the poem” (ibid., xxiii-xxiv).

    Robert's well-chosen words, "nervous/enough" and "discomforts" (plural not singular) add emotional weight to the poem.

    Note: Edwin Cranston, "A Waka Anthology: Volume One, The Gem-Glistening Cup," Stanford University Press, 1998.