Chen-ou Liu's Translation Project: First English-Chinese Haiku and Tanka Blog

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Monday, June 24, 2019

Books and Dead Voices Tanka

how many ways
of coming face to face
with loneliness?
a room of books filled
with dead voices

Atlas Poetica, 36, 2019

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Scent of Croissants Tanka

alone
as the scent of croissants
lingers
sunlight climbing
toward our wedding photos

Atlas Poetica, 36, 2019

Friday, June 21, 2019

Nothing New under the Sun

Sunlight slants in through the study window, reaching the front page of today's newspaper on my coffee-stained  desk.  The headline story details the latest Auditor General's report. His report states that the socio-economic  gap on  reserves hasn't improved in the last two decades, and the gap in high-school graduation rates has actually  widened.According to the reporter, things got a little nasty Monday afternoon at the Indigenous Affairs meeting as  MPs grilled civil servants over the gap. One MP even warned, "heads need to roll if bureaucrats don't shape up on  First Nations education." His warning becomes today's eye-catching headline.

sixth graders
in the windowless classroom
on the reserve
a new teacher talks about
thinking outside the box

Atlas Poetica, 36, 2019

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Whitewashed Wall Tanka

watching sunlight
crawl up the whitewashed wall ...
Time has a logic
of its own
in the waiting room


Atlas Poetica, 36, 2019

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Selected Tanka: New Resume Tanka

winter sunlight
breaking through gray clouds ...
I decide
to retouch the photo
in my new resume

American Tanka, 26, 2016