Sunday, May 19, 2024

One Man's Maple Moon: Heated Bodies Tanka by Jane Reichhold

English Original

almond nails 
pressed into brown skin
a faint perfume 
of two heated bodies
touching light as petals 

A Gift of Tanka, 1990

Jane Reichhold

Chinese Translation (Traditional)


Chinese Translation (Simplified)


Bio Sketch

Jane Reichhold was born as Janet Styer in 1937 in Lima , Ohio , USA . She had published over thirty books of haiku, renga, tanka, and translations. Her latest tanka book, Taking Tanka Home was translated into Japanese by Aya Yuhki. Her most popular book is Basho The Complete Haiku by Kodansha International. As founder and editor of AHA Books, Jane also published Mirrors: International Haiku ForumGeppo, for the Yuki Teikei Haiku Society, and she had co-edited with Werner Reichhold, Lynx for Linking Poets since 1992. Lynx went online in 2000 in the web site Jane started in 1995. Since 2006 she had maintained an online forum – AHAforum

1 comment:

  1. This multi-sensorily evocative love-making tanka is highly cinematic, functioning like a close-up view of a couple's bodies moving slowly, gently, and with awareness, and Ls 1&2 imply that a couple belong to different races or racialized ethnicities.

    When evaluted in its timeframe (1990s) and sociopolitical context, this tanka about an interracial relationship is physically and emotionally intimate, with a multisenroty focus on the body's evocative sensuality as expressed in each of its five lines.