The Last Camellia, a collection of tanka, haiku, senryu and haiga by Mary Kendall, is available from Amazon.
“The poet links and shifts four Japanese forms—tanka, haiku, haiga, and tanka art—in a garden of exquisite images. Shadows and silence remain after “a feeling of you / standing behind me.” A red-bellied woodpecker “flaunts his drumming skills.” A newborn faun wobbles “in old-growth grass.”
—Hazel Hall, author of Moonlight over the Siding
The generous format of this handsome book—8.25 inches by 8.25 inches—gives the poems and images room to breathe.
Some poems from the book:
the taste of zinfandel
on your lips
four blue eggs
but no answers
it took sixty years
to find the voice I'd lost--
alighted at water's edge
The Last Camellia was published by Velvet Dusk Publishing, 2023.