Sunday, December 11, 2016

UNDERTOW TANKA REVIEW ISSUE 9 December 2016

UNDERTOW TANKA REVIEW
ISSUE 9
December 2016
















HAIKU






Valle de la Luna
by
Remedios Varo
1950








suddenly more beautiful than the mountains - bike tied to a railing



my lost earring      her lost mind         my mom on the phone



what's lost        what's found     afternoon calm




          ―Miriam Sagan


























sneakers hanging  from a telephone wire -waning moon



black dot         in all that blue         caws



hypnagogic lights behind my eyelids - silence on Lama Mountain




―Miriam Sagan





















meadow grasses bent         in a question mark         I can answer



new chipmunks chase      each others' tails - I puzzle        out the poem



tattooed girl draws the mountain, her childhood         among rivers




          ―Miriam Sagan







sea-sky roars
in the curves of
whales


twilight stream
the first bend
on the star


night stalker
a hunger moon
follows me


crow moon
we follow our shadows
into the dusk



―Marth Magenta










dusk dims a notch, there
in the darkening mirror, the moon
enameled on the pond


sycamore tree, bark
peeling & patched like camouflage--
who you hiding from?


without looking up
he lay down a poem, her dress
dew-drenched still clung


full moon, tiny sparks
in fresh snow, the stick I step on
echoes somewhere else



―Roger W. Hecht












TANKA








 Alegoría del invierno
by
Remedios Varo
1948









they dragged me
to view the body
my sister
no longer larger
than her shortened life





that dream
I long to have again
the one
where I grew lamina
and my breath was fire





I find
white begonias
at my door
in pogonip fog
the vague shape of you




          ―Debbie Strange






lighting
his way
to the heavens ...
the candle beside
his portrait


―David He







hiding in clouds 
day moon mimics me 
night moon stalks me 
her penetrating radiance 
leaves me naked 



― Martha Magenta









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Saturday, April 30, 2016

UNDERTOW TANKA REVIEW ISSUE 8 - May 2016

UNDERTOW TANKA REVIEW ISSUE 8





 painting by Joan Miro -  20 April 1893 – 25 December 1983





her glassy eyes
a glacier melting for ages
her face
furrowed with doubts
she cleans loose feathers all day

   Arunansu Bandyopadhyay  






scraps of lace
behind old windows
footfalls echo
we are bound by webs
of good intentions

   Debbie Strange










on the verge
of here and hereafter
surely we
are not the only ones
with revenant hearts

   Debbie Strange









silent secrets soak
your panties as they slip
below your thighs,
earthy-scented, ebbing
like a tidal pool at dawn


   Lee Todd Lacks







colors of dawn
shimmering on the lake...
out of darkness
the answers to questions
I never knew I had
                       
   Rebecca Drouilhet



under the palm tree
clusters of brown mushrooms
the yellow stir
of colored paper boats
afloat in moonlit puddle

   Precious Oboh







magically, I drift away
soaked in the music of each
drop of rain-
a tall elephant grass
did obeisance

   Precious Oboh







Three years in jail
everything changes, except
Mr. Noodles

   Wayne Ray







the waxing moon
slices through the horizon —
crescent earthshine


   Kim Peter Kovac







still no wind
this long winter
solitary bird


   Wayne Ray







who will remember
our sandcastle lives...
the winter sea


                                  
   Rebecca Drouilhet



last rites         
the yawning depth of night
seals over

   Devin Harrison


in half lotus
while on the train
my passing thoughts

   Devin Harrison



apartheid...
a zebra
licking only one stripe


   Virgil Babb










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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

NEW GUIDELINES FOR UNDERTOW TANKA REVIEW

NEW GUIDELINES FOR UNDERTOW TANKA REVIEW



1. We will only be publishing 5 to 25 tanka, so send the very best. We're going to be very selective.
2. Please don’t send traditional 31 syllable tanka, they will be rejected.
3. We are looking for avant-garde, surreal, light-verse tanka poems.
4. We are also open to haiku, the same amount will be selected for publication, we prefer modern haiku, nothing traditional.
5. We are open to submissions year round, but will publish poems online three times a year starting May, 2016.
6. We no longer accept email submission.  Use Submittable.

Submission Windows

From Oct. 15 to Dec. 15 for Jan. issue
From Feb. 15 to Apr. 15 for May issue
From Jun. 15 to Aug. 15 for Sep. issue



ANNOUNCEMENT: We have a new assistant editor, Rajan Garg rajangarg.thapar@gmail.com

Use Submittable, that way we can create a Contributor's page.