4 Poems in Quadrant

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The January-February 2018 issue of Quadrant magazine contains four of Andrew’s poems: “These Astonishments”, “Dog”, “Bamboo Dragonflies from the Bamboo Forest”, “On the Fear of Foxes in Ancient Japan”. “Dog” is a haiku gunsaku, consisting of three haiku, and “On the Fear of Foxes in Ancient Japan” is a tanka gunsaku, consisting of four independent tanka linked together on the basis of a common subject.

The text of “Bamboo Dragonflies from the Bamboo Forest” is posted below:

Bamboo Dragonflies from the Bamboo Forest

They journeyed from Japan,
the bamboo dragonflies
buoyant by my bookcase.

Members of a squadron
of small fixed-wing flyers,
they zeroed in on me

as I walked with my wife
through an ancient forest
of tall timber bamboos.

And I quickly yielded
to the craftsman for them
my every yearn and yen.

Now they hover weightless
above papers and books,
upheld by just the tips

of their noses touching
the raised sticks of their stands,
the weight of their bodies

and long tails magically
offset by the weight of
their forward-thrusting wings.

They float dreamily there
in the still air above
the tarmac of my desk,

tempting me to puff them
into storm even as
I marvel at their poise,

reminding me always
of the balance and grace
they own but I must chase.

© Andrew Lansdown

This poem is included in Andrew’s new collection, Distillations of Different Lands, scheduled for publication by Sunline Press next month.

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