WD Poetic Form Challenge: Tanka Winner

Some of you may remember that I offered a challenge within the April PAD Challenge last month. I tasked poets with tackling the tanka poetic form, and many of you responded with some great tanka poems. In fact, I had to read through hundreds of tanka to settle on a winner.

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As usual, the quality was great. In fact, I’m trying to sneak in more than the usual one example for the Writer’s Digest magazine. We’ll see if the editors let me do that, but I do know the tanka winner will be in there at the very least.

The WD Poetic Form Challenge Tanka Poems Winner Is…

Jane Shlensky for the following tanka.

Street lamps make golden
ghosts on wet streets, fog smoking
pavement, settling on
cherry blossoms on your lawn;
my dark heart aches for morning.

Congratulations, Jane!

Top 10 Entries for the Tanka Form

Of course, Jane’s tanka was first, but here is a list of which tanka rounded out the rest of the top 10.

  1. Street lamps make golden, by Jane Shlensky*
  2. tonight, by Rosemary Nissen-Wade*
  3. The day we kayaked, by Lori Desrosiers*
  4. There is no such thing, by flood
  5. “summer (l.a.)titudes,” by honoluakane
  6. power boat floating, by Linda H.
  7. echoes rise and fall, by Tracy Davidson
  8. “Sway,” by Mama Zen
  9. Little fluff of seed, by Kit Cooley
  10. “Clear Direction,” by Kimiko Martinez

Congratulations to everyone in the Top 10! With hundreds of tanka submitted, it truly is something to be recognized in the Top 10. Also, thank you to everyone who shared their tanka. There were so many that resonated. In fact, I had to complete several passes before I even came close to having a “short list,” which was actually still about 50 tanka long.

I hope to see everyone for the next WD Poetic Form Challenge, which should be any day now.


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24 thoughts on “WD Poetic Form Challenge: Tanka Winner

  1. Kit Cooley

    Congratulations, Jane! I just got through all my email backlog, and found out that you had won…and that I had placed in the top 10! Very grateful for that, and congratulations all around!

  2. Jane Shlensky

    I’m wowwed again, Robert! Thanks so much and thank to all of you for the kind words. My computer has been hospitalized for a week and I just came by the library to check email, finding one from Nancy Posey congratulating me for what I did not know. I’m honored to be among you folks and teased into better writing by Robert, our captain.

  3. claudsy

    Congo rats, Jane! Great poem with marvelous visuals.

    And Congratulations for all of the other recognized poets for their efforts. Being named is an honor I could have wished for, too.

  4. Tracy Davidson

    Considering the volume of great tanka that was submitted I’m delighted to have made it to the top 10.
    Congratulations to Jane for a fabulous poem!

  5. PKP

    Awwwwwwwww ooooooooh Jsne … Lush, lovely, I can smell that street feel the wetness… Lucious !

    Congratulations to Jane, Rosenary, Linda H., Kimiko and the others I have yet to “meet”. Hip, hip and all that
    ( insert applause and smiles here)

  6. Michael Grove

    Very nice! GREAT Tanka Jane. I really enjoy each of these Poetic form challenges and love it when I recognize so many of the poets on the short list. Robert, you really had your work cut out for you on this one. Looking forward to the next form challenge.

  7. Linda.H

    Congratulations, Jane. Your tanka is wonderful.

    Robert, thanks so much. Tanka is one of the forms which I really enjoy writing, so making the list is an honor.

    Linda Hofke

  8. De Jackson

    Yay! Jane, your Tanka is gorgeous. Congratulations!
    And kudos to all the amazing poets listed!

    Thank you, Robert, for continuing to challenge us in both volume AND form! It’s makin’ us better poets! 🙂

  9. claudsy

    So happy for you, Jane. Love the poem–so visual and moody. I like that.

    And congratulations to the other finalists. You’ve done great work, too.

    Hip-hip-hurray for all!


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