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John Stevenson: Tanka

 

getting lost
is how
I found you
rows of hymnals
in an unlocked church

--from Lynx

 

their laughter
is not about me
but would sound
just like that
if it was

--from Lynx

 

accusations
all the more piercing
when withheld
a glass of wine
on the table edge

--from the Tanka Society of America Newsletter

 

one poem
more wonderful
than the next
mercifully, some pages
stick together

--from the Tanka Society of America Newsletter

 

June
and the leaves
so green
I almost
tell the truth

From The Tanka Anthology (Red Moon Press, 2003)

 

I had read
your love poems
and now,
having met you,
read them again

From The Tanka Anthology (Red Moon Press, 2003)


John Stevenson lives in upstate New York, near the Hudson River. He is a former president of the Haiku Society of America and currently serving as associate editor of Frogpond. His haiku and tanka are among the most popular and widely read in English, noteworthy for their insight into relationships, self-observation, humor, and thoroughly contemporary point of view.