Featuring our Guest Poet Kathy Kituai
with co-author Amelia Fielden
In Two Min
In Two Minds by Kathy Kituai and Amelia Fielden
"In Two Minds is a delightful and innovative collection of tanka where two skilled writers of this delicate form respond to each other through themes and experiences they have in common. This collection renews for us the ancient Japanese tradition, in tanka writing, of collaborative composition. The tanka are presented side by side, and this enhances, through contrast, the individuality of each poet. Kathy and Amelia write about seasons, friends, family, pets, living in other countries, and the everyday concerns we all share. In the best tanka tradition, these experiences are interwoven with―and made richer by―awareness and love of the natural world of gardens, birds, animals, trees, sky and water.The poets realize the potential of this small but potent form, writing poems that go deeper than the seeming simplicity of the tanka's five lines. In Two Minds is a welcome presentation for the tanka-lovers and writers in Australia, as well as for poetry lovers in general."
―Michael Thorley, Australian Poet and Tan
Some paired verses from In Two Minds:
to really be in love'
now too old
to stay awake all night—
where did the between go?
I have found
when I take a lover
I lose earrings
but oh! the delight
of not searching for them
her son's fingers
tangling her long black hair—
it seems, I brushed and
braided that hair for school
memories of you
if I dust your photo
you smile even more
More praise for
In Two Minds:
"In Two Minds" is a conversation in two distinct voices. In a spirit of shared writing, this finely honed tanka collection covers a variety of topics with poetic intensity and skill. The reader will delight in the surprise endings, the interconnections and small epiphanies which inform each individual tanka and the sequences as a whole. Tanka enthusiasts and collectors of good poetry alike will welcome this new venture from two accomplished practitioners of the craft."
—Margaret Bradstock, Co-Editor, Five Bells, Journal of the Poets' Union of Australia
Amelia Fielden is an Australian poet, and translator of Japanese Literature. She has produced five collections of her own work: Eucalypts and Iris Streams (2002), Fountains Play (2002), Short Songs (2003), Still Swimming (2005), and Baubles, Bangles & Beads (2007). Amelia has also had published, to date, fifteen volumes of Japanese tanka which she has translated or co-translated. In 2007, she was awarded the Donald Keene Prize for Translation of Japanese Literature by Columbia University.
Australian diarist and poet, Kathy Kituai has taught creative writing since 1990. She has produced three poetry collections: green-shut green (1994), The Lacemaker (1998), and Straggling into Winter (2007), a tanka diary. Kathy has also published a children's picture book, a dramatized four-part radio documentary, and three anthologies, which she edited or co-edited (which were awarded The Canberra Critics Award, 1994). She has won prizes for poetry in the USA, UK, Japan and Australia.
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