I’ve found that submitting myself to a strict poetical form helps me find clearer focus in all of my writing. I intend my efforts at Tanka to help me write incisive prose. It’s a surprise when one gets published. I thought I’d share the surprise. You’ll have to scroll down a bit, but all of the poems are worthy.
P.S. Those of you who know me are well aware that I shamelessly plagiarise myself! Forgive me!
Here’s a link: https://tankajournal.com/issue.php?id=11&issue=8
I tussled with this story (from 3,000 words down to 900 and back again!) before I got it right, so that’s probably why it’s one of my favorites. Also, I got to write about the Palisades! I got the idea from a long ago climbing trip during which partner Wayne Thompson took a brief dive into one of the North Pal glacier’s crevices. Pick it up on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/SciFanTM-Magazine-May-2017-Editorial-ebook/dp/B071R56XS4/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1493212003&sr=8-6&keywords=scifan+magazine&linkCode=sl1&tag=blooandshad03-20&linkId=c0876a807379eaf2304f033db38540a7
Michael and I squeezed in an October trip to the Sierras this year. We pulled in to the Caples Lake campground on the heels of the season’s first storm – not much below, but wild enough up high. I wrote the poem below while a muscular wind played patty-cake with Michael’s best tent. It’s the worse for wear, believe me. We walked a section of the PCT the next day in perfect weather.