A Floating World…poetic history of tanka

Before Japan was performed as short songs in five lines short  long  short   long   long Heian imperial court was well versed in  tanka after a love affair exchanges of erotic tanka was expected proper etiquette Women were the best of tanka‚Äôs golden era yearning, soaring tales of love, nature, war passion prevailed In 750 ADContinue reading “A Floating World…poetic history of tanka”

Akiko Yosano #2

Akiko is my favorite tanka poet. Her tanka were bold, sensuous and controversial. Here is my tanka in honor of Akiko and below it are examples of her tanka from the book “Tangled Hair.” They were chosen randomly. The book is excellent and has 165 of her tanka, notes and her biography. Akiko wrote 50Continue reading “Akiko Yosano #2”