My first attempts at tanka, a form that predates haiku, published in GUSTS, the Canadian journal of contemporary Tanka

I had the honour of meeting Kozue Uzawa, retired university professor, poet and editor of GUSTS in Vancouver at the Haiku Canada Sea-to-Sky conference in the spring of 2019

This tanka was named one of the founder's favourites from this issue.  

I wrote this tanka after reading Naomi Beth Wakan's trilogy of books on haiku and tanka at a late spring poetry retreat in Canmore.

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