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  1. Thanks for the comment Donna. There is a lot to learn about the Haiku and the Tanka forms and I had no idea what an adventure I was embarking on in 2015 when I chose to learn about tanka during National poetry month. Finding the TSA was enlightening, to say the least. I entered a whole new world when I opened the pages of the first “Ribbons” literary magazine that year. I think on important aspect of both forms is that it must represent only one moment of time. Now, that is a tall order. This form is one of the biggest challenges I’ve encountered in long life of poetry as a reader and writer.

  2. Lynda, I always appreciate your little lessons about poetry. I have long enjoyed dabbling in the haiku format, but I’ve never written a Tanka. I suspect that I will turn out to be a traditionalist, as far as syllable count goes. I’ve always been like that, which is why I got into song lyrics – my poetry in high school was very metered and rhymy. I think it’s also connected to my knitting and my music itself. I love the idea of the disappearing path. It so appeals to my sense that whenever I find myself convinced that my life’s path is clear, the path disappears. Being the darkness of ginkgo trees & indigo skies … I find that unsettling more so than the disappearing path. Perhaps, I understand that more than I’d like to admit.

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