Saturday, December 29, 2007


We are now at the deadline for Atlas Poetica : A Journal of Poetry of Place in Modern English Tanka. There is very little room left, so poetry submitted now will most likely be reviewed for consideration for the Autumn 2008 issue. The reviewing period for the Autumn issue will be 1 March through 31 May, 2008. The Autumn issue will come out 1 September 2008.

Submissions to Atlas Poetica have been very high quality and come from around the world. This issue features content in English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Finnish, Croatian, Romanian, Magyar, Spanish, Russian, Greek, and Filipino, representing more than twenty countries and indigenous nations by 43 poets. Our goal is to be a true atlas of the tanka world, so we encourage international and indigenous poetry in multi-lingual format. In addition, we will publish announcements and resources in any language without the need for English translation.

We especially appreciate our volunteer translators -- their translations of blurbs and guidelines are available on the Atlas Poeticaa web site at We welcome translations into additional languages. If you would like to make a translation, please contact us at

Atlas Poetica contains over 500 poems, international resources, announcements, and other content. Particularly noteworthy is the number of sets and sequences that were received and are being published in this inaugural issue. The format of Atlas Poetica permits very sizable sequences to be published, but poets should query before submitting anything over forty verses. In addition, several works include prose with their poetry and Atlas Poetica welcomes further submissions and developments in combining prose with tanka.

Contributors to Atlas Poetica 1 include:

Arkenberg, Megan
Chula, Margaret
Dale, Magdalena
De Clerk, Maurice
Emrich, Jeanne
Engle, Margarita
Fielden, Amelia
Gadd, Bernard
Goldstein, Sanford
Greene, Abigail
Grillo, Andrea
Johansson, Jörgen
Kacian, Jim
Karkow, Kirsty
Kei, M.
Kolodji, Deborah P.
LeBel, Gary
Lentini, Peter
Lucky, Bob
Masat, Francis
McClintock, Michael
Mercken, Paul
Milenić, Žarko
Mineo, Annette
Nawrocki, Amy
Preitler, Franz
Prewitt, Jack
Prime, Patricia
Rohrer, James
Rotella, Alexis
Sagan, Miriam
Simser, Guy, 25
Stevenson, Richard
Surridge, André
Taylor, Barbara A.
Thorndyke, Julie
Verbeke, Geert
Wagemakers, Ella
Whitehead, N. C.
Wilkinson, Liam
Witham, Fran

Thank you for your support.



M. Kei
Editor, Atlas Poetica

Sunday, December 2, 2007

New Email Address for Atlas Poetica

Effective immediately, Atlas Poetica has a new email address for submissions .

Please use this address when submitting to the journal.

The web address remains the same

Thank you.


M. Kei
Editor, Atlas Poetica

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Structure and Autonomy in Tanka Sets and Sequences

When submitting tanka in sets and sequences to Atlas Poetica, the following criteria should be met:

1) autonomy -- each verse must be autonomous. That is to say, the content and grammar must be self-contained and make sense on its own.

2) gestalt -- the sum must be greater than the parts.

3) necessity -- if a verse can be omitted without damaging the set or sequence, it should be.

4) structure -- there must be some organizing principle tying the set or sequence together.

5) discipline -- the set or sequence must say what it has to say, then stop.

6) compactness -- the individual verses and set or sequence as a whole should imply more than it states, it should have what Denis Garrison calls 'dreaming room.'

7) flow -- especially necessary for longer sets and sequences, there must be movement within the length that helps to sustain and reward the reader's interest.

I have written at length on structure and autonomy, which can be found in my article, "Structure and Autonomy in Tanka Sets and Sequences," published in MET5.


Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Español English Ελληνικά

Español Modern English Tanka [Editorial de Tanka en Inglés Moderno] tiene el placer de presentar su nuevo periodico, ATLAS POETICA: un periodico de la poesía de lugar a traves de Modern English Tanka.  La publicación de dos periodicos anualmente consistirá en una revista en formato 8.5" x 11" con tanka/waka/kyoka y sus variantes, además incluyirá sequencias y conjuntos de poemas que siguen esas formas tradiciónales japonesas.  Todos los poemas tratarán de lugar en general, de la importancía del paisaje, o del lugar cultural.

Atlas poetica está dirigido a encontrar poesía en la que hay una conneción entre el entorno externo y el interno, y que muestran la diversidad de la experiencá humana y natural.  Se puede entregar Tanka que siguen la forma tradiciónal, o que son inovadores.  Se puede presentar poemas en idiomas que no son inglés con tal de que tienen al lado una traduccíon al inglés.

La ultima fecha por entregar poemas será el 1 de enero 2008.  Para obtener más información, se puede visitar:

English Modern English Tanka Press is pleased to announce its new journal, ATLAS POETICA : A Journal of Poetry of Place in Modern English Tanka. The journal will publish an 8.5" x 11" format of tanka/waka/kyoka and its variants, as well as sets and sequences two times a year. All poems will be poetry of place, poetry in which the landscape or cultural place plays a role.
Atlas Poetica aims at poetry in which the external and internal environments are connected, and which shows the diversity of natural and human experience. Tanka in both traditional and innovative forms are welcome, as are submissions in languages other than English as long as they are accompanied by English translation.

The deadline for the first issue is: 1 January 2008. For more information, visit:

Ελληνικά Ο σύγχρονος αγγλικός Τύπος Tanka είναι ευτυχής να αναγγείλει το νέο περιοδικό του, ΑΤΛΑΝΤΑΣ POETICA: Ένα περιοδικό της ποίησης της θέσης σε σύγχρονο αγγλικό Tanka. Το περιοδικό θα δημοσιεύσει ένα 8,5' Χ 11' tanka/waka/kyoka και των παραλλαγών του, καθώς επίσης και τα σύνολα και τις ακολουθίες δύο φορές ετησίως. Όλα τα ποιήματα θα είναι ποίηση της θέσης, ποίηση στην οποία το τοπίο ή η πολιτιστική θέση διαδραματίζει έναν ρόλο.

Ο άτλαντας Poetica στοχεύει στην ποίηση στην οποία τα εξωτερικά και εσωτερικά περιβάλλοντα συνδέονται, και που παρουσιάζει την ποικιλομορφία της φυσικής και ανθρώπινης εμπειρίας. Το Tanka και με παραδοσιακές και καινοτόμες μορφές είναι ευπρόσδεκτο, όπως είναι οι υποβολές στις γλώσσες εκτός από τα αγγλικά εφ' όσον συνοδεύονται από την αγγλική μετάφραση. Η προθεσμία για το πρώτο ζήτημα είναι: την 1η Ιανουαρίου 2008. Για περισσότερες πληροφορίες,επίσκεψη:

Издательство Svenska Suomeksi

Издательство “Современная aнглийская танка” радо представить свой новый журнал “Атлас поэтика: журнал поэзии места в современной английской танке”. В формате 8,5 x 11 дюймов, дважды в году, новый журнал будет публиковать отдельные танка/вака/киока, их варианты, а также их комплексы. Все стихотворения будут принадлежать поэзии места, поэзии, в которой пейзаж или культурное место играют роль.

“Атлас Поэтика” направлен на поэзию, в которой внешняя и внутренняя среды взаимосвязаны, и которая демонстрирует разнообразие природного и человеческого опытов. Приглашаются танка как в традиционной, так и в инновационной формах, а также стихи на других языках, помимо английского, если они сопровождены переводом на английский.

Последний срок прислать материалы для премьерного выпуска - 1-ое января, 2008 года. Для более подробной информации посетите

Svenska Modern English Tanka Press har nöjet att annonsera sin nya journal,
ATLAS POETICA: En journal av poesi och dess plats i modern Engelsk
tanka. Journalen kommer att publiceras i 8.5" x 11" format av
tanka/waka/kyoka och dess variatoner, två ggr per år.
Alla dikter kommer att innehålla poesi av platser, poesi där landskapet
eller kulturella platser spelar roll.

Atlas Poeticas målsättning är poesi där den externa och interna miljön
är sammanfogade och som visar skillnaden mellan
naturliga och mänskliga erfarenheter. Tanka i både traditionell som
innovativ form är välkomna, och bidrag i språk annat än Engelska så
länge dessa följs av Engelsk översättning.

Deadline för den första utgåvan är: 1 Januari 2008.
För mer information, besök:

Suomeksi Modern English Tanka Press on tyytyväinen ilmoittaessaan uuden aikakauslehtensä, ATLAS POETICA: Aikakauslehti Paikan Runoudelle Modernissa Englantilaisessa Tankassa. Aikakauslehti tulee julkaisemaan 8.5" x 11" formaatissa tanka/waka/kyoka-runoja ja sen variantteja, sekä runojoukkoja ja runoelmia kaksi kertaa vuodessa. Kaikki runot tulevat olemaan paikan runoutta, runoja joissa maisema tai kulttuurillinen paikka on merkittävässä asemassa.

Atlas Poetica tähtää runouteen jossa sisäinen ja ulkoinen ympäristö ovat yhteydessä, ja josta on nähtävissä luonnollisen ja inhimillisen kokemuksen monimuotoisuus. Tanka sekä traditionaalisessa että innovatiivisessa muodossa ovat tervetulleita, kuten myös submissionit muilla kielillä kuin englanniksi, kunhan niiden mukana lähetetään myös englanninkielinen käännös.

Ensimmäisen julkaisun deadline on: 1. tammikuuta 2008. Lisätietoja:

Română Hrvatski Magyar

Română Modern English Tanka Press anunţă apariţia unei noi reviste. Atlas Poetica: A Journal of Poetry of Place in Modern English Tanka se adresează unui public internaţional şi va avea o apariţie bianuală. Cu un format de 8.5" x 11" ea va prezenta tanka, waka, kyoka şi variante ale acestora, precum şi secvenţe de astfel de forme. Vor fi acceptate exclusiv lucrări care se încadrează în conceptul de poetry of place, poezii în care peisajele sau locurile specifice să joace un rol important.
Mediul exterior este legat de peisajul interior al omului. Atlas Poetica se străduieşte să evidenţieze diversitatea vieţii şi a circumstanţelor ei, alcătuind astfel un atlas al lumii tanka. Contribuţiile în alte limbi decât engleza sunt binevenite, dacă sunt însoţite de traducere. Se acceptă atât compoziţii tradiţionale, cât şi inovatoare.
Data limită de expediere este 1 ianuarie 2008. Informaţii detaliate se găsesc pe

Hrvatski Modern English Tanka Press najavljuje prvo izdanje novoga časopisa. Atlas Poetica: A Journal of Poetry of Place in Modern English Tanka namenjen je međunarodnoj publici a izaći će dva puta godišnje. U obliku 8.5" x 11" časopis će predstaviti tanka, waka, kyoka i njihove variacije kao i serije i sekvencije ovih formi. Traži se iskljućivo poetry of place tj. pjesme u kojima predijela ili mijesta igraju posebnu ulogu.
Spojna okolina strogo je povezana unutrašnjim predijelom čovjeka. Atlas Poetica namijerava da pokazuje šarolikost života u najrazličitijim okolinama stvoreći na taj naćin pjesnićki atlas tanka-svijeta. Doprinosi koji nisu napisani na engleskom dobro su došli ukoliko imaju u prilogu prijevod.Prihvatitće se tradicijonalne kao i inovativne pjesme.
Krajni datum za slanje doprinosa je 1.sjećanj 2008. Opširnije informacije nalaze se na

Magyar Modern English Tanka Press egy új folyóirat megjelenését hirdeti meg. Atlas Poetica: A Journal of Poetry of Place in Modern English Tanka nemzetközi olvasókórhez fordul és evente kétszer fog megjelenni. A 8.5" x 11" formatumú folyóirat tanka, waka, kyoka és ezeknek változatait valamint ezen formákból álló sorozatokat, szekvenciákat akar bemutatni. Kizárólag poetry of place fogadunk el, azaz olyan verseket, amelyekben egyes látványok vagy helyiségek szerepelnek.
A külső környezet az ember benső tájához szoros kapcsolatban áll. Atlas Poetica azzal törekszik, hogy az élét sokféleségét a legkülönbózöbb kórúlmények kózótt mutasson és így mintegy tanka-világ atlaszát állitson össze.
A nem angol nyelvű verseket szivesen fogadunk el, feltéve, hogy angol forditást melleklétként küldenek. Mint hagyományos, mit újîtó munkák elfogadhatók.
Az elküldési határidő: 2008, jánuár 1. Egyéb információkat a weboldalon olvashatnak.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Nederlands & Deutsch

Nederlands : Atlas Poetica

Modern English Tanka Press kondigt een nieuw tijdschrift aan. /Atlas Poetica: A Journal of Poetry of Place in Modern English Tanka/ richt zich tot een internationaal publiek en zal twee maal per jaar verschijnen. In het formaat 8.5" x 11" zal het tijdschrift tanka's, waka's, kyoka's en varianten daarvan presenteren, evenals sets en suites. Opgenomen wordt uitsluitend /poetry of place/: gedichten waarin landschappen of plaatsen een rol spelen.

Het uiterlijk landschap is met het innerlijk landschap van de mens verwoven. /Atlas Poetica/ streeft ernaar, de diversiteit van het leven in de meest uiteenlopende omgevingen te tonen en zo een poëtische atlas van de tanka-wereld te vormen. Inzendingen in andere talen zijn zeer welkom, mits vergezeld van een Engelse vertaling. Zowel traditionele als innovatieve teksten kunnen in aanmerking komen voor publicatie.

De deadline voor het eerste nummer is 1 januari 2008. Raadpleeg voor gedetailleerde informatie

Deutsch : Atlas Poetica

Modern English Tanka Press kündigt das Erscheinen einer neuen Zeitschrift an. /Atlas Poetica: A Journal of Poetry of Place in Modern English Tanka/ wendet sich an eine internationale Leserschaft und wird halbjährlich erscheinen. Im Format 8.5" x 11" wird die Zeitschrift Tanka, Waka, Kyoka und deren Varianten sowie Serien und Sequenzen dieser Formen präsentieren. Aufgenommen wird ausschließlich /poetry of place/: Gedichte, in denen Landschaften oder Orte eine Rolle spielen.

Die äußere Umgebung ist mit der inneren Landschaft des Menschen verbunden. /Atlas Poetica/ strebt an, die Diversität des Lebens in den unterschiedlichsten Umgebungen zu zeigen und so einen poetischen Atlas der Tanka-Welt zu gestalten. Einsendungen in anderen Sprachen sind sehr willkommen, sofern eine englische Übersetzung beiliegt. Sowohl traditionelle wie innovative Beiträge haben Aussicht auf Veröffentlichung.

Einsendeschluß für das erste Heft ist der 1. Januar 2008. Detaillierte Informationen bietet

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Atlas Poetica News

Atlas Poetica News is the new blog to post announcements and information and commentary related to the Atlas Poetica : A Journal of Poetry of Place in Modern English Tanka. For complete information, visit ATPO's home page at: You will find the Call for Submissions and complete Guidelines, as well as an editorial.


M. Kei
Editor, Atlas Poetica