KYOTO MOMIJI TANKA

Poems and photographs of Japan in Autumn

Andrew Lansdown

Rhiza Press (Capalaba, Queensland), 2019
(hardcover, 144 pages)
ISBN: 9781925139419

Price: $24.95 (free postage in Australia)

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Kyoto Momiji Tank is a stunning collection of poems and photographs celebrating the ancient capital of Japan, Kyoto, during autumn, when the maples (momiji) vividly colour the natural, cultural and emotional terrains of the Japanese.

The poems (written in a traditional Japanese form known as tanka) and photographs introduce readers to a fascinating world of Shinto brides, tanuki, spirit foxes, geisha, shakuhachi players and, of course, autumn maples.

Kyoto Momiji Tanka is a companion volume to Kyoto Sakura Tanka (Rhiza Press, 2016), which celebrates Kyoto in spring during the cherry blossom (sakura) season.


 

FOUR POEMS AND PHOTOGRAPHS FROM KYOTO MOMIJI TANKA

 

Seasonal Attire

 

Very beautiful—

a woman in traditional

obi and sandal.

And see, in its autumnal

kimono, the small maple.

.         .     . © Andrew Lansdown

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shakuhachi Master

 

An exhalation,

a hesitation, a hollow—

even with skill, how

can a man make haunting music

from such forms of nothingness?

.         .     . © Andrew Lansdown

 

 

 

 

 

Early Autumn Momiji

 

Such delicate hands

the Japanese maples have,

so petite and green,

waving goodbye to summer

with here and there a cut finger.

.         .     . © Andrew Lansdown

 

 

 

 

 

Surrender

 

Washing their plumage

in a patch of river-rinsed sand,

the sparrows give them-

selves over to feelings of bliss,

as do we, to be watching this.

.         .     . © Andrew Lansdown

 

 

 

 

 

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