The list author says: "Tanka is the short lyric poetry form which is the ancestor of haiku. It originated in Japan 1400 years ago and is still going strong in many languages around the world. Unfortunately, the Japanese masters tend to overshadow equally fine Western poets. Here then, is a short list of worthy anthologies of tanka in English. (Also look for Take Five : Best Contemporary Tanka, Countless Leaves, Footsteps in the Fog, Full Moon Tide, and other books not carried by Amazon.com.)"
"It's my book, so I'm biased, but it's a superb book, earning 5 star ratings wherever it is posted. It's a major new anthology of tanka poetry that succeeds in introducing tanka to unfamiliar audiences in an eminently readable and enjoyable form, but provides immensely rich and varied poems to delight even the most demanding connoisseur."
"Another large and well done anthology from Modern English Tanka Press, this time on the subject of aging. Containing somewhere near 800 poems, it presents the works of poets around the world recording the joys and anguish of growing older, or caring for someone who is growing older."
"The largest and most comprehensive anthology of tanka in English. The 40 page introduction is one of the most substantial treatments of tanka in English in print. An excellent addition to your library."
"Sanford Goldstein, 'the grand old man of tanka,' brings his masterful hand to selecting and sequencing poems for the 2006-2007 anthology of the Tanka Society of America. A handsome new edition showcasing new and old talent in the world of English-language tanka."
"The indefatigable Denis Garrison with co-editor Michael McClintock presents poems from around the world arranged by geography, offering a new map of the poetic world. This anthology received such an avalanche of submissions that the publisher decided to launch a new journal, the Atlas Poetica, devoted to poetry of place in modern English tanka."
"The first anthology of tanka in sets and sequences; this books adds another dimension to the appreciation of tanka. For readers of Western poetry who think 'real' poetry is long poetry, the sets and sequences here should overcome bias against the short form. Each poem stands on its own, it is not a 'stanza,' but together they make up a sum that it larger than its parts."
"An anthology of tanka in sets and sequences, exploring the techniques of montage and collage to create longer poems. New and innovative -- excellent for people that have complained tanka is 'too short.'"