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Tanka in a bottle

Yesterday — a sunny, warm Saturday in autumn — I installed my “tanka-in-a-bottle” project in a local woodland park! (If you’re thinking “Tanka… Wait. What?”, please see my post for July 25th. ;- )

In the end, I decided to not hang each little bottle from a tree branch, which was my original plan. Instead, I made a small sign (to be clear that they are free to take and are not contraband of some sort) and hung them all on a trail signpost. I’m hopeful that my installation will catch the eye of passersby, despite the distractions of smartphones and earbuds.

 

The materials in hand: tanka bottles, the sign, a piece of string, and two pushpins

The materials in hand: tanka bottles, the sign, a piece of string, and two pushpins.

 

Pinning up the sign

Pinning up the sign…

 

...hanging bottles on the string

…hanging the bottles on the string…

 

...and voila

…and voila!

 

Poet and Poems

Poet and poems.  :- )

 

Many thanks to U.K. poet Caroline Skanne for providing some tanka of her own to pair with mine!  _/|\_

I’ll go back to that signpost in a few days to see how my project is faring. I don’t expect much if any traffic this rainy Sunday, but the weather is predicted to brighten up in a day or two.

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“Tanka in a Bottle” at?…

Earlier this year I completed my first installation of Haiku in the Wild, two dozen wooden haiku mobiles hung on trees and shrubs at a Pennsylvania alpaca and llama farm. This was my first attempt to bring poetry into a (semi-)public place to intrigue people who are accustomed to seeing poems only in books. (For photos, you can check out my previous post “Haiku in the Wild” at Llamapaloosa 2017.)

In an effort to bring a little bit more poetry to people in public places, I’m currently working on what I call my Tanka in a Bottle project. Each little bottle will contain a pair of tanka — one by me, and one by my friend and talented U.K. poet Caroline Skanne — and a blurb about the Poetry in Public Places Project, a Facebook / real-world group I started in 2016 to create and promote poetry placed in urban and natural landscapes. In total, each batch of 10 bottles will showcase 20 different tanka.

Here’s what these tanka bottles look like:

Tanka in a Bottle (Prototype 2): Components

Tanka in a Bottle (prototype 2): components.

Tanka in a Bottle (Prototype 2): Assembled

Tanka in a Bottle (prototype 2): assembled.

I’m thinking of hanging these bottles in trees at a local park for people to discover and take with them. (Will they be noticeable enough? Will they withstand wind and weather? Will wildlife disturb them?)

Where else should I place “bottled tanka”? I’d love to hear your thoughts!  :- D


The multitalented Caroline Skanne is a poet (@CarolineSkanne), the founding editor of Hedgerow: A Journal of Small Poems (@hedgerowpoems & hedgerowpoems.wordpress.com), and the founding publisher of Wildflower Poetry Press (@wildflowerpoemswildflowerpoetrypress.wordpress.com).

To learn more about the Poetry in Public Places Project, please stop by www.facebook.com/groups/PoetryInPublicPlacesProject/.

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Two tanka

Earth: Our Common Ground

Earth: Our Common Ground.

scent of berry bush
and sun-warm turf . . .
we stand and breathe
rooted to the rutted earth
and reaching like myrtles

three deer
slip into the woods . . .
twilight deepens
the mystery
of existence


Published in the anthology Earth: Our Common Ground, by Skylark Publishing, Claire Everett (ed.), April 2017.

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Four tanka

sipping my coffee —
shop awnings
striped and stippled
with sun and shade
up and down the avenue

cloudy blue sky
painted on the brick wall . . .
at each level
of the fire escape
a pot of red geraniums

tucked beneath
an overpass:
tangle of bittersweet
and a cardboard hovel
that someone calls home

almost dawn . . .
night packs its bags
catches a cab
and heads for the station
as day comes in the door


Published in the anthology Neon Graffiti: Tanka Poetry of Urban Life, November 2016.

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One blossom left

one blossom left

on the orchid stem —

one last blossom

yet to fall

as summer wanes

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How much time?

it ticks by

in the sound

of the oxygen machine . . .

how much time

remains?


Published in the fall 2015 edition of Ribbons, the journal of the Tanka Society of America.

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Petal by petal

petal by petal

this withered tulip . . .

I too let fall

some of the things

that no longer matter


Published in the spring/summer edition of Ribbons, the journal of the Tanka Society of America, July 2015.

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Finches at the feeder

finches at the feeder

behind the back

of the sleeping cat . . .

what goes on

behind mine?


Published in American Tanka (http://www.americantanka.com/june-2015-issue-25/bill-waters/), 6/26/15.

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Peeled paint

peeled paint . . .

the gray wood

underneath

and a carved heart

long-hidden


Published in Ribbons, the journal of the Tanka Society of America, 3/20/15.

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The pond is alive

the pond is alive

with a school of carp!

like children

we point and ask

each other questions

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