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Simply Haiku: A Quarterly Journal of Japanese Short Form Poetry
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Winter 2009, vol 7 no 4
 

TANKA

Sanford Goldstein
 

yellow swarms
fluttering high above
tree branches
September wind in my Japan
must be whirling sands from China

 

the great cog
in my earth machine
is desire,
I walk it in the morning,
I lie with it at night

 

lending
this copy of Dostoyevsky
I'm forced
to sign my name in
Crime and Punishment

 


Sanford Goldstein has been living in Japan since 1993 when he was invited to teach at a new college. His co-translation days of famous tanka poets, famous novelists, and famous short-story writers seem to be over, but he continues on the tanka road he has been traveling for forty-five years.