tanka | tanka
A thousand years ago, Japanese women court poets created a written aesthetic of unmatchcd elegance and technical skill. Today, Japanese women poets write with equal sophistication in haiku and tanka about romance, family life, sexuality, divorce, loneliness, politics and the West. This first-ever...
Poems by the two foremost women poets of Japanese literature, Ono no Komachi (8th c.) and Izumi Shikibu (11th c.). Predominantly love poems, but with strong Buddhist undercurrents, these five-line, 31 syllable tanka capture the essence of human life, in Heian-era Japan, and today.
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