By Genie Nakano; Purple Aura Press, 2015
A word about TANKA FORM by the author:
" TANKA is a five-line unrhymed form of poetry -- beautiful, lyrical and able to capture a full moment in time. Developed in Japan over 1,300 years ago, tanka was originally called waka or short song. Traditionally, tanka consists of a line pattern that is 5-7-5-7-7. Due to differences in English and Japanese, the strict adherence to syllable count is not always followed.
Fast forward to 2009 when I was first introduced to tanka. This brief, barebones form resonated with me and hooked me immediately. In order for the tanka to sing, one must be truly honest and say something "personal and universal in the same breath." Julie Thorndyke.
Writing tanka became my way of journaling, compassionately understanding the world, myself and telling my story. Please enjoy "Storyteller." "
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