January 24th, 2009


Ribbons & speculative tanka

The Winter 2008 issue of Ribbons arrived today.

Of note to speculative poets is "The Sixth Sense" theme at the Tanka Cafe. In addition to Michael McClintock's introduction to the theme premise and a poem by Peggy Heinrich, there are nine pages of tanka alluding to premonition and extrasensory perception. I wouldn't necessarily classify all of these poems as speculative, but many of them are and should be considered Rhysling eligible. I am going to see if I can get permission to post a couple on my blog.

Speaking of speculative tanka, a tip from M. Kei led me to discover that Doorway to the Sky by Noriko Tanaka contains a number of ghostly and magical tanka. It was translated in 2008 into English by Amelia Fielden. I'm not sure where to order a copy, but will post the information when I receive it.