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Issue 4: July 2020
Tanka Prose: 101 words
By Margaret Dornaus



It started with a few vague rumblings. Something new was headed down the pike. Something the likes of which we’d never seen. Something that a little bird told us. Something bat-shit crazy. Something between a rock and a hard place.

It started as a curiosity. Something liable to make us pitch a fit. Something that grew by leaps and bounds into a hissy. Something fit to make a preacher cuss. Something, some might reckon, called a reckoning. Something bass-ackwards. Something terrifying.

we pass the time recounting
Mother’s sayings—
up shit creek without a paddle...
isn’t that just the limit?

Margaret Dornaus
Issue 4, July 2020

holds an MFA in the translation of poetry from the University of Arkansas. Her first book of poetry, Prayer for the Dead: Collected Haibun & Tanka Prose, received a 2017 Merit Book Award from the Haiku Society of America. Her food and travel articles and her poems appear in national and international anthologies and journals, including publications specializing in Japanese short-form poetry such as: Contemporary Haibun Online; Haibun Today; Journeys 2015: An Anthology of International Haibun; The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku (2012-2013); and The Red River Book of Haibun. Additional work is included in Bearing the Mask: Southwestern Persona Poems (Dos Gatos), Ain’t Gonna Be Treated This Way (Village Press), Red Earth Review, and The Texas Poetry Calendar..

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