Monday, June 03, 2019

Atlas Poetica, Number 37, 2019

Patricia Prime of New Zealand has written a lovely review of Three-Part Harmony: Tanka Verses for this issue. It may be accessed via the "Books and Reviews" page of this blog.

It was my honour to be invited to write a tanka sequence with the esteemed poet, an'ya, for this issue. My work appears in italics...


of kindred spirits

far apart
but soulful singing
keeps us close
sisters of the salt
on pendulum tides

I dreamt
the oracle of oceans
left your voice
inside an empty shell
for me to find at dawn

a sailor's sky
making the briny blue
palette purple
you are my second self
an ama freediver

kindred spirits
we take flight below
the waterline
bodies like quicksilver
among shoals of herring

november gale
mother mary's petrels
seeking shelter
we travel side by side
reflections in the surf

burnished
by pelagic winds
our bones
come to rest at day's end
upon each other's shores



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