Tuesday, November 5, 2019

One Man's Maple Moon: Suicide Tanka by Michael Dylan Welch

English Original

a week after
my coworker's suicide
the sculpture on her desk
collapses -- magnetic paper clips
that held nothing together

Honorable Mention, 2008 Tanka Society of America International Tanka  Contest

Michael Dylan Welch

Chinese Translation (Traditional)

崩塌 -- 一堆磁性文件夾

Chinese Translation (Simplified)

崩塌 -- 一堆磁性文件夹

Bio Sketch

Michael Dylan Welch is the founder of the Tanka Society of America (2000), and co-founder of Haiku North America conference (1991) and the American Haiku Archives (1996). In 2010 he also started National Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo), which takes place every February, with an active Facebook page. His personal website is www.graceguts.com, which features hundreds of essays, reviews, reports, and other content, including examples of his published poetry.

1 comment:

  1. Michael Dylan Welch’s sculpture of paper clips—something we have all seen, and may even have on our own desk tops—is turned into a powerful metaphor about the fragility of life, and of individual purpose, in our time...

    -excerpted from the judges' commentary, accessed at http://www.tankasocietyofamerica.org/tsa-contest/winners-and-judges-comments/2008-tsa-international-tanka-contest-winners

    The following suicide tanka by Michael Dylan Welch could be read as a sequel to his poignant tanka above:

    shiny pens and a stapler --
    no one tells
    the new hire
    his desk is where
    the suicide sat

    Gusts, 17, Spring/Summer 2013