jornales

for a moment of joy or moments no one pays for, i give myself a ‘jornal’. this makes me rich. try it.

My signature tanka “how you heave up…”

 

how you heave up

to the height of my eyes

pull up this darkness

and serve me tender dawn

O Sea, I want to know

 

cattails January 2016***Editor’s choice

 

Whoever might say that tanka isn’t “poetic”, hasn’t read this one by Alegria Imperial from Canada. As an Editor’s Choice, I selected it because Alegria’s words build from line 1 to a crescendo in line 5. This is comparable to the technique an experienced singer uses from a slow quiet start to a grand finale at song’s end. Alegria’s tanka is filled with yūgen, a Japanese word pertaining to a profound awareness of the universe, which evokes feelings that are inexplicably deep and too mysterious for words.

 

—UHTS cattailstanka editor an’ya, USA

 

 

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