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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 &, and the founding publisher of Wildflower Poetry Press (

To learn more about the Poetry in Public Places Project, please stop by

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