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TANKA tree rings ISBN 0-9727130-5-0
Print on Demand (1 month lead time) (2019 out of print)
Tanka and Art by an’ya, USA
Translations by Saeko Ogi, Australia
Announcing award-winning globally re-known poetess an’ya’s collection of tanka and art in this book (39.95 + postage), a presentation of 50 works with translations by Saeko Ogi from Australia. This book is hand-bound in the traditional Japanese style in an (8 ½ x 11 landscape format).
From the Foreword, Michael McClintock says:
“These are simple tanka in simple English, but like meteors (or eagles), nothing gets in the way of their flight. When they are beautiful, and playful, too, they remind me of the best work of Christina Rossetti, especially her poems in Goblin Market and Other Poems (1862). When they are beautiful and seem to shower sparks over the page, I am reminded of Edna St. Vincent Millay’s A Few Figs From Thistles (1920).
You don’t know quite where you are going in these tanka until the last word is read and echoes have run through your bones. Magically, re-reading a tanka, after some time has passed, can land you in another place, somewhere different from where you arrived on your first reading. An associative overlap between words and images, and what happens in imagination and understanding between the lines, are sources of delight in each one; no intermediary is needed. The presence of this dynamic is what anya’s tanka share with the best pieces in or Western tanka literature, and with the masterpieces we have been privileged to received from Japan through the work of gifted scholars”.