- Paperback: 276 pages
- Publisher: Keibooks; First edition (September 26, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0615871569
- ISBN-13: 978-0615871561
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,957,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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January: A Tanka Diary Paperback – September 26, 2013
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It sings. It makes me smile. It makes me think, and wonder.
Please buy this book - it will bring you joy.
While writing in a contemporary version of the tanka form, M. Kei's themes have many traditional qualities, showing a deep love of the woods, birds, and the sea, all the while connecting these subjects to his inner emotional experience.
There are many lovely poems about birds conveyed with striking imagery:
suddenly a flood
of little brown birds
in the middle of the rain
a tree full
taking off one by one,
from an aircraft carrier
And of nature:
tall weeds beside
the white bones
of a deer skeleton
closed up in the cold rain,
I teach my daughter
the secrets of
But what really sets the book apart, in terms of subject matter, is the author's experience as a sailor, which lets the reader vicariously experience his world:
the Sarah C. Conway
sinking through a hole
in the storm . . .
what spirits flew out
of this white world?
it's a place
like no other,
full of the ghosts
of wooden boats
and dying men
As well as the author's talent for connecting images with his meditations:
his hand claws the carpet,
to keep him from
falling off the world
when the world of men is gone,
who will scatter
the ashes of our experience,
who will place the memorial
of our dying?
Almost every poem in this 271 page book is good and a few dozen are truly excellent. This book is well worth the purchase for anyone who loves short form poetry.