Sunday, September 1, 2013

[your sad ghost] -- TSA award

I am very happy to announce that one of my tanka has been awarded second place in the 2013 Tanka Society of America International Tanka Contest.

I lay your sad ghost
in the west room
of my heart. . .
the mockingbird sings
what he doesn’t know

I was interested to read the judges' comments about my poem--their interpretation differs from what I had in mind when I wrote it, yet has its own validity, illustrating the way in which a poem takes on its own life when it leaves the writer's pen and enters the reader's mind & heart. 

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