tanka 2020, edited by Alexis Rotella, foreword by Michael McClintock
“All the crimes and catastrophes that plague humanity riddle the period, some with new, startling variations. And when we look to other times . . . profound discouragement appears justified, maybe inescapable. In our time, George Floyd’s “I can’t breathe” polishes the mirror into which we all gaze, watching the cell phone video of his murder by police on a Minneapolis street.
“. . . Almost all poetry comes from troubled times. But poetry itself changes nothing. Statues will be toppled and new statues erected. Poets and readers alike are not passive observers. There are poems in this collection that may indeed transform awareness and consciousness, some human truth at the center of most of them. Poetry acts as a witness. That’s what this book does.”
— from the Introduction
mother late for pickup – in her daughter’s lunch box an “I love you” note the girl tells me, por si la migra roundup — Donna Buck crossing the Bay Bridge with a friend who fears heights I do not mention that once, in despair I stopped my car just here and jumped — Jeanne Lupton it comes from wearing a mask all day – that sick feeling re-breathing my own words waiting for . . . what? — James Chessing
Size: 5" x 7"
Binding: perfect softbound
Year Published: 2020