Saturday, June 30, 2018

2018 Tanka Society of America Sanford Goldstein Tanka Contest

There were 81 participants from 9 countries: Australia, Canada, India, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, UK, and the USA, for a total of 476 entries! 

Honorable Mention

The judges' report on my poem. 

As sons and daughters, fathers and mothers, and each of us who navigate the road of family, this poem is filled with perfect imagery—the fallen apple. The apple is an archetypal image for fairy tales such as Snow White and told in religion tales like the apple of Adam and Eve. The apple carries a plethora of childhood memories: apple pies, bobbing for apples, worms hidden deep, star seeds, health, sweetness, bitterness, and so on. Even more, the poet mentions polishing off the dirt to make the apple shine, and the absence of mother-in-law’s words. What more would she say? What is she saying in the unsaid? We were struck by the ease of how the poem read and the depth of its story. This made our minds swirl with perspective and intrigue, something well done by this poet.

To enjoy all the judges' report and winning selection, click here

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