from Esra Sarioglu

August 22, 2013 Comments Off on from Esra Sarioglu

early I arise

to enjoy

the cooling shade of

a leafy tree

and a spacious mind




tanka by an’ya

May 16, 2013 Comments Off on tanka by an’ya

with spring fever
whenever sunshine and wind
come together
tis’ what makes leaf trees flicker
and all the earth a checkerboard

let us meet atop
a cliff’s edge as falcons
with wide-flung wings
forever to take flight
over foaming shallows

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.

tanka by nelima

March 1, 2013 Comments Off on tanka by nelima


when I think of ridding myself
of the objectionable
I lose momentum
the need to rid myself – weighty evidence
of the very problem I want to erase


physically bigger
yet I feel psychically smaller
having slipped from the lead role
to supporting actor
in my own play


my ambivalence
made the perfect blind spot
unable to name what was in plain sight
I kept blowing air
into a leaky balloon




September 19, 2011 Comments Off on Masthead

editor:  Leslie Ihde      assistant editor:  Nelima Gaokar    GUEST EDITOR:  ESRA SARIOGLU

Leslie is a writer, artist and psychotherapist.  She developed Inner Art Journal as an online journal devoted to seeking and sharing direct insight.  Writing poetry to mark moments of perception and gratitude, her work can be found in the Buddhist Poetry Review, Haibun Today, Atlas Poetica, Lynx, Ribbons, Prune Juice, A Hundred Gourds and Notes from the Gean.  She studied with John Gardner and Liz Rosenberg at Binghamton University where she obtained her BA in Creative Writing and Literature in 1981.

Nelima is a poet and psychotherapist living and working in upstate New York. She writes gorgeous, minimalistic tanka poetry some of which can be viewed in this journal.

Esra is a Ph.D. candidate at Binghamton University.  Currently, she lives in Turkey and teaches sociology at Yeditepe University in Istanbul.  Her writings on art and politics have appeared in Radikal Newspaper, and  Some of her tankas can be viewed in Inner Art Journal.

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