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tanka 2020, edited by Alexis Rotella, foreword by Michael McClintock


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“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

ISBN: 978-1-947271-60-9
Pages: 210
Size: 5" x 7"
Binding: perfect softbound
Year Published: 2020

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