Call for Contributions: Exemplary Tanka of Our Time

From M. Kei:

Call for Contributions: Exemplary Tanka of Our Time (article)

I am working on an article for a future issue of Atlas Poetica : A Journal of World Tanka on the topic of ‘Exemplary Tanka of Our Time.’ I am seeking contributions from readers regarding tanka poems they find exemplary and were written and published during our lifetimes. These tanka cannot be your own work, but must be the work of another poet. You must include the poet’s name and a proper citation for where you found the poem. (MLA format preferred.)

Contributions must be accompanied by commentary explaining why you find the poem exemplary.  You may focus on a particular detail, such as alliteration, or a more general approach, such as discussing how the imagery evokes a particular mood, but the goal is to provide information that helps readers and poets better understand the craft. In other words, the sort of constructive feedback given in a workshop, not mere compliments, is what is sought here.

For those who are concerned about copyright, US copyright law permits “fair use” and fair use is explicitly defined to include discussion and analysis of literary works, which is exactly what we are doing.

You may submit up to three tanka/kyoka/gogyoshi/gogyohka with commentary not to exceed 300 words. Comments may be used in whole or in part. Your commentary, if accepted, will include a byline. All poems will be credited to their poets and previous place of publication.

I’m not sure what kind of response I will receive, so I don’t know how many I will be accepting. “Enough to make an article” is the best I can say. Deadline is December 15, 2015.

Send submissions to: AtlasPoetica (at) gmail (dot) com with the subject line “Example: your name”. This will help me sort them from the usual submissions to the journal.


Editor, Atlas Poetica : A Journal of World Tanka



Tanka Conference in Japan

I recently received this announcement:

The Karuisawa Meeting in 2016

NIHON KAJIN CLUB, The Japan Tanka Poets’ Society is pleased to announce its 8th conference to be held on June 5~6th, 2016 at Karuizawa, Japan.

Time and Date: June 5th (Sunday), 2016, 12:30~17:00
June 6 (Monday)
One day trip in Karuizawa
Place: Grand XIV Karuizawa
Tel: 0267-46-3331
Address: Karuizawa-machi, Nagano Prefecture, Japan.