small songs I sing
to join
my voice to other voices
hidden in the grass

Monday, January 16, 2017


dark energy
pushing space itself
apart . . .
a ribbon of birds
wheels across the winter sky

~GUSTS 21, spring/summer 2015

and the silver speck
of a jet 
winging into the distance. . .
the curve of the earth in my arms

~red lights 12:1, Jan. 2016

Friday, January 13, 2017


the music
of tiny waterfalls
in midwinter
I follow a newborn brook
singing wherever it leads me

~GUSTS 23, spring/summer 2016

I sing
my thinking mind
to sleep—
a deeper way of knowing
wells up like music

~red lights 12:2, June 2016

Monday, January 9, 2017

the why . . .

a redbird
hunting crumbs in snow—
the child’s first glimpse 
leaving unanswered
the why of bright wings

 ~red lights 12:2, June 2016

breaking ice
from a frozen rut
I skim
the silver shards
into the windswept sky

~Eucalypt 20, May 2016

Sunday, January 8, 2017

winter sounds

a slant of sun
across the snowy wood . . .
in crystal stillness
the barred owl’s voice
closer than breathing

~Atlas Poetica 24, spring 2016

the sound
of leafless trees in winter . . .
in the melody
to draw a breath

~Skylark 4:1, summer 2016

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Going Inland

for Joy McCall

who lives 
on your inner island
she asks—
dipping my silent oars
I glide toward the answer

a sorrel mare
at the water’s edge
drinking deeply
dripping moonlight
we find the inland path

in a hut
fragrant with dried thyme
the old crone
at the hearthstone
feeds a flame with her words

at sunup
the reedy sound 
of piping
from a fold in the hills
where no path leads

the hand of a blind harper,
I follow 
the song of the brook,
the whisper of trees

~Skylark 4:2, Winter 2016

Monday, August 29, 2016

moonlight on water

Skylark is delighted to introduce Jenny Ward Angyal's debut collection of tanka,
tanka sequences and tanka prose:

moonlight on water

Jenny Ward Angyal’s long-awaited first collection of tanka, including sequences and tanka prose, represents a considerable body of work by an author for whom poetry is breath and blood. The opening section entitled ‘so many doors left open’ not only echoes the tanka written in memory of the poet’s mother and her gifts of advent calendars down the years, but hints at the mystery and otherworldliness that beckon the moment the reader steps over the threshold into Jenny’s unique story, as well as the questions that will re-main unanswered (and rightly so) when the journey is done . . . Every tanka is a miniature reflection of this beautiful soul, another tile in the mosaic of ephemera; another mirror-gem in Indra’s Net of which she, too, is a part: 

passing through 
each other 
in an ink-dark pool 
our mirrored faces 

But Jenny Angyal has found a way to tack herself to eternity: 

faint words to address 
the infinite— 
I pluck one thread 
in the harp of stars

(From the Foreword by Claire Everett, Founder and Editor of Skylark).

Jenny Ward Angyal is a fine guide on the tanka sequence trail. It probably helps that she seems to write from some primordial, archetypal forty-acre parcel the reader has rarely visited: "high in the arms/of a sugar maple" (heartwood); "the rough old floors/my mother speckled" (house); "born with a caul/the filly struggles" (mare's milk). In the sequences that took me the farthest, I traveled with her to a timeless place where people live near streams, play flutes, and "catch for a moment/time's powdered wings" (chrysalis). Her shifting often surprised me in ways that, after their initial unexpectedness, had me nodding: I see that.

(From 'Jenny Ward Angyal's Sequences', an Afterword by David Rice, Editor of Ribbons).

Cover design by Owen Smith

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

TSA Anthology 2016

News from the Tanka Society of America:

2016 Anthology:  

We are pleased to announce plans for TSA’s 2016 members’ anthology to be published in the fall. The book will be co-edited by Jenny Ward Angyal and Susan Constable. Ken Slaughter will be in charge of production.
Submissions for the anthology will be open July 15–August 15, 2016 for current (2016) members of the Tanka Society of America or those who join within the submission period. 
If you’re not a current member, you are invited to join or renew today at:  http://www.tankasocietyofamerica.org/how-to-join 
Submission Guidelines will be posted June 15.  Please begin to think about sending 5-10 tanka for consideration when the submission window opens.  Beginning this year, one copy of the anthology will be sent to each TSA member as a membership benefit.  Additional copies will be available for purchase on Lulu.com ($10 plus postage).

~  Contest Reminder:

We are accepting submissions for the 2016 Sanford Goldstein International Tanka Contestuntil June 30.  Please visit the TSA website for complete details on how to submit: