this inkstone night

the brush of your lips

in this inkstone night…

I am a poem

as old as the mystery

the breath between the stars

~

woodsmoke

a memory of his childhood

laughter and light

clambering green…

until the bough breaks

~

lobster pots

stacked at the quayside

nothing to catch

but a young girl’s dreams

and the whispers of the tide

~

this ancient self

rolling my tongue around

words in dreams …

in the lull between tides

a poem birthed

~

stooping now and then

to wash a pebble

in a tide pool

memory walks the shoreline

with her bucket of dreams

~

swirling notes

each phrase and gesture –

how soon it ends

on the wings of swifts and swallows

this summer song

~

three tanka for Svetlana, Kirsten and Lisa, all of whom are poets, battling cancer:

sewn heart to heart

the flowers of our prayers

rest your head awhile…

the mountains you have raised

are moving to your song

~

spun from light

these silks with the strength of steel…

you are the poet

and the poem that births

a thousand suns

~

in iris sandals

I will cross the sky

with words for you…

a quiver of raindrops

for the bow of the sun

~

 

Two superb journals are currently open to submissions:

Simply Haiku Calls For Submissions

 
Simply Haiku is now accepting submissions of “Quality Traditional English Language Haiku, Tanka, Haibun, Haiga, Renga, Book reviews, Interviews and Feature articles.”

Submission deadline: September 15, 2011. Please read carefully the Submission Guidelines before submitting.

On behalf of: Robert D. Wilson & Sasa Vazic
Co-Owners, Co-Publishers, Co-Editors in Chief

 

MOONBATHING

A JOURNAL OF WOMEN’S TANKA

 

 

EDITOR

Pamela A. Babusci

 

Moonbathing Issue 5 is now accepting

submissions. I have additional copies

of Moonbathing issues of 3 & 4

If you wish to purchase a copy(ies)

please e-mail me.

THIRD ANNUAL MOONBATHING CONTEST:

Please e-mail with your regular submission one tanka

on the theme of “moonbathing”. The winner will receive

a year’s subscription.

 

Moonbathing will publish two issues a year: Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer.

 

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

Moonbathing will feature only women poets. Send a maximum of 10 tanka per submission period. Submission deadlines:

Spring/Summer: In-hand Deadline: May 15th spring/summer themes or non-seasonal only

Fall/Winter: In-hand deadline: Dec. 15th

fall/winter theme or non-seasonal only

No previously published tanka or simultaneous submissions; no tanka that has been posted on-line on a personal website/blog.

SUBMISSION ADDRESSES:

Send your tanka IN THE BODY OF AN E-MAIL to: Pamela A. Babusci: moongate44(at)gmail(dot)com PLEASE NO ATTACHMENTS. E-mail submissions ONLY.

I hope that all tanka poets who have their work accepted will support Moonbathing by purchasing a copy or a subscription. If Moonbathing is to survive it will need your support and I will be most grateful for it.

DONATIONS MOST WELCOME

DISCLAIMER:

Moonbathing does not assume liability for copyright infringement or failure to acknowledge previously published tanka.

 

COPIES/SUBSCRIPTIONS:

 

Subscriptions: $12 for one year (two issues) U.S. and Canada; $6 for single issue. International: $16

(two issues) $8 single issue U.S. dollars; send US cash or international M.O.—payable to Pamela A. Babusci to: Moonbathing Editor

150 Milford Street Apt. 13 Rochester, NY 14615-1810 USA

The Editor of Moonbathing is looking forward to receiving your best tanka. If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail Pamela A. Babusci moongate44(at)gmail(dot)com

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