the thousand marvels of every moment
a tanka collection
by pat nolan
Fall 2018, approx 100 pages, $16
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Tanka is the modern name for a short poem known throughout the history of Japanese literature as a “waka.” The pre-modern word, “waka”, finds it source in the ancient oral tradition of call and response planting and harvesting songs as well as those accompanying communal efforts in indigenous Japanese villages. In its lineated form, the tanka consists of five lines. In its non-lineated form, the tanka has the syllabic rhythm or pattern of 5-7-5-7-7. The short poems of the thousand marvels of every moment are composed of five lines. They also take into consideration the rhythmic patterns of 5-7-5-7-7 although they do not necessarily conform to the syllabic count. The poems in this collection also do not observe many of the accepted tanka conventions but seek a synthesis and accommodation brought about by translation into a radically different language and culture.
from One In A Thousand