from Valerie Rosenfeld

August 9, 2013 Comments Off on from Valerie Rosenfeld

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allison miller

May 10, 2013 Comments Off on allison miller

she says her greatest
fear came true
her mother loves her less
when she is honest
~ I love her more

leslie ihde

May 2, 2013 Comments Off on leslie ihde

Once I wished
my open kiln
would show me a Buddha
now spring days
fire the hills

esra sarioglu

May 1, 2013 Comments Off on esra sarioglu

at a sunless evening
the sea is still and dark
like a large swath of gray
my future
lies ahead of me

on the phone with a friend
we go over my PhD worries
hearing my inner voice
harshly roar
she lends me a calm counter voice

Upcoming Summer Issue

April 30, 2013 Comments Off on Upcoming Summer Issue

The summer issue of Inner Art Journal will be published on June 15th. We are looking forward to reading your tanka and other short form poetry. The submission deadline is June 1st.

nelima gaokar

April 13, 2013 Comments Off on nelima gaokar

my storyless day 
the closer I look
the more there is to see
the less there is
of me?
traipsing through the world 
a marionette
big smile, hollow identity
hoping if I move fast enough
no one will notice

white sugar – refined
stripped of color and fiber
sweetness, but no substance
is this what it is to be nice 
and nothing else?

invisible ink
revealed only in the right light 
what light reveals me?
I struggle to find that light within
can invisibility reveal itself?

a nine year old tanka writer

March 25, 2013 Comments Off on a nine year old tanka writer

I introduced my young friend, Maia, to tanka writing. She is just beginning to explore it. Here is one of the first ones she sent me:

Long ago this planet
was beautiful
it used to be all full of blue and green
I had better glance back
and see if there is any left now.

I tweaked it a little for her and with her permission we came up with this:

long ago this beautiful planet
full of blue and green~
glancing back now
I look to see
if there is any left

I think Maia did a nice job understanding that tanka has five lines. She found a nice and simple idea with some sense of sadness in it. I’m going to ask her to continue to work with tanka. After she explores it for a while I will try to teach her about the shift between the first three lines and the final two.

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