Simply Haiku: A Quarterly Journal of Japanese Short Form Poetry
Contents Archives About Simply Haiku Submissions Search
Summer 2005, vol 3 no 2


Art Tanka ~ Patricia Prime

framed by two women
with wind-swept hair
Picabia’s male bravado
challenging in wartime

the beginning of his decline
shots from a gun
Warhol made even more time
for public appearances

in the centre
of each theatrical tableau
Koons smiles
smugly at the camera,
airbrushed and impeccable

Bacon –
within the contorted figure
a deep scream
my worst nightmare
dripping paint

market stall
screen-printed on tee-shirts
Campbell’s soup cans –
after thirty years
Warhol still draws the crowds


Patricia Prime lives in New Zealand where she co-edits the journal Kokako. She is a frequent contributor of poetry, reviews, articles and essays to magazines devoted to tanka, haiku, and related literature, in the USA, Australia, and New Zealand. This is her second appearance in Simply Haiku's tanka section.

Copyright 2005: Simply Haiku