the elusive scent

I don’t write as many tanka as I’d like to, or to be more accurate, I don’t often try to publish the ones I do write, since I feel less at home writing in this genre than in writing haiku. But the added incentive of submitting to Moonbathing, a print journal edited by Pamela Babusci, keeps me writing and submitting at least twice a year, for the honor of having my tanka appear alongside those of many of my favorite tanka poets.

the elusive scent
of wild sage and eucalyptus
in the footsteps
of my younger self

April Acceptances

It is always a red letter day to receive news that one of my poems has been accepted for publication. I currently have haiku, senryu, short form poetry, tanka, haibun, and rengay that was selected to appear in upcoming issues of the following publications:

  • Moonbathing
  • Four and Twenty
  • The Heron’s Nest
  • Mariposa
  • Haibun Today
  • A Hundred Gourds
  • Modern Haiku
  • The Haiku Foundation Haiku App Database 2012
  • Notes from the Gean
  • Multiverses
  • Prune Juice


I’ve been curious about tanka for awhile, but only recently started writing them. So I was delighted to receive my copy of Moonbathing, a journal of women’s tanka today in the mail, containing my first tanka to appear in a journal. It was a real treat to open the covers and see the lovely tanka from so many women I have come to know from Facebook, or met at haiku conferences this year. I look forward to trying my hand at more tanka this year.


they tell me
she is in a better place
breathing in the night air
I almost mistake
airplane lights for stars