Recently retired, I live in Massachusetts, with my wife and two cats. I worked for many years in Information Technology, and have been writing poetry most of my life. I was recently elected Vice President of the Tanka Society of America, beginning in 2016. Tanka has been my primary focus since I began writing and publishing these little poems in 2011. I find that tanka is a great way to capture significant moments in life, in a way that resonates with others who have had similar experiences.
a tree in winter
like a brown buddha
in my back yard
rooted in one present moment
with every idea
he ever had
the numbing snow
that are never written
in the woods
the song of a thrush
I open a book
of zen poems
A Book Of Poems
I like to stroll down Sonnet Street
where love glows in iambic gardens
or sleep outside
in a haiku tent –
with all those stars and so few syllables
or sit on a front porch with Whitman
and watch as he whittles his metaphors.
My favorite, though, is a four stanza home
where a poem by William Stafford lives.
When I visit, he gives me a piece of heaven,
something he happened to save one morning
before the dawn flowed over the hedge.
Credits: "poems" first published in Skylark 2.2; "just after" first published in Atlas Poetica 24;
"A Book Of Poems" first published in Verse-Virtual 1.5
©2016 Ken Slaughter