Saturday, May 1, 2021

Cool Announcement: Celebrate Tanka Poetry Month with NeverEnding Story

                     Poetry acts as a witness in, to, and most importantly, through troubled times.

                     Chen-ou Liu, An Interview with Dimitar Anakiev


My Dear Friends:

Please join NeverEnding Story to expand the readership base for tanka by tweeting at least one tanka a day throughout the month of May. The hashtags for Tanka Poetry Month are #MayTanka and #NaTankaMo.

on the windowsill
two canaries singing
to each other
I tweet and retweet
NeverEnding Story

Below is excerpted from Angela Leuck's article, titled "Tanka and the Literary Mainstream: Are we 'there' yet?" ("Book Review Editor's Message," Ribbons, 10:1, Winter 2014, p. 74):

An alternative approach is suggested by Chen-ou Liu, author of the blog, "NeverEnding Story." In his June 2012 Lynx interview with Jane Reichhold, Liu describes the current relationship between the haiku/tanka community and the literary mainstream in terms of "an asymmetric power relationship." He believes a "top down" approach will not work; i.e., trying to change the perceptions of those in the mainstream. Rather, Liu supports a "bottom up" approach, which for him means consolidating and expanding the readership base for tanka through online publishing and social networking sites. He argues:

If there are more people who love reading/writing haiku and tanka, the mainstream poetry world will eventually open their main gate to haiku and tanka poets. This approach to reversing the asymmetric power relationship has been demonstrated in the case of the power transfer from traditional media, such as news papers, TV, and books, to online and social media.


Please help spread the word about this celebration via your poetry blogs, websites, Facebook pages, and Twitter accounts. And NeverEnding Story seeks tanka submissions

To conclude today's "Celebrate Tanka Poetry Month" post, share with you my interview excerpt and tanka selected for the upcoming Bulgarian-English Tanka Handbook written by NeverEnding Story contributor, Dimitar Anakiev

Red Moon Press's tanka 2020: poems from today’s world gives me a glimpse of what is possible when efforts are made to challenge the poets to write something new and relevant to the world we live in.  Poetry acts as a witness in, to, and most importantly, through troubled times. That's what this book does.

Here are five of my tanka for the handbook

a winter fog
smothers the winding road
to her mother's house
the bruises on her face
say everything & nothing

bits of gravel
embedded in blood
on his knuckles
my teenage son says nothing
and I'll do ... nothing

a wind
rattling the dry leaves
on eucalypti --
an ink-dark trace
of koalas

unshackled 
from my childhood beliefs
I'm a passing
thought in the mind of God
who forsook his Son on the Cross

we'reallinthistogether
            snow
              on
            snow
  onhomelessshelter


Happy Reading and Writing throughout the month of May

Chen-ou

1 comment:

  1. Below are two of my tanka included in Red Moon Press's "tanka 2020: poems from today’s world:"

    my roommate reads
    and re-reads a letter
    from Syria ...
    between us, dead silence
    and a bottle of wine

    under the banner
    of the Green New Deal
    a pink-haired girl
    face to face
    with a Trump cutout

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