by Amelia Fielden
"During the last three or four years—the period when most of the tanka in this book were published in jourals and anthologies all over the world—my life, divided among our homes in Canberra and on the Central Coast of eastern Australia, Seattle USA, and Japan, has been incredibly varied by the human and physical geography of each local. . . The one constant, I realise, has been the proximity and interplay of water: lakes, seas, rivers, harbours. born and brought up close to the Pacific Ocean, I have always loved and sought out bodies of water. Since retiring from government service as a Japanese translator in 2003, I have had even more time to delight in the effect of light on water, and to write poetry." From Amelia's introduction to Lighint on Water.
Some verses from Light on Water
in my youth
always the singing sea
in senior years
still pleasure in the surge
below the lighthouse
washed up on the shore—
what I'd have become
without this wanderlust
"She hangs her hat
in many places and calls them home. Readers accompany her to enjoy the
adventure. It is the similarity of the experience and existence in
various parts of the worled more than the difference that cvononects.
Her devotess will find familiar concerns: continuity and renewal, a
passion for family, friends, animals, nature, art and music.
. . .Those unfamiliar with her work will find much to respect from this
compasionate writer." Jan Dean, author of the poetry collection
With One Brush.
Amelia Fielden is an Australian
poet and translator of Japanese Literature. She has published seven
collections of original tanka poetry in English and fifteen books of
translated Japanese tanka.
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