Great to receive the latest Eucalypt tanka journal, Issue 32 , 2022,
find one of my tankas included – ‘flawed journey’
and to enjoy the leisure and pleasure in
dipping in and out of this enjoyable journal.
Thank you to the editor Julie Anne Thorndyke
for the wonderful presentation of our work.
I feel honoured to be included . . . named side by side with this
International group of Tanka writers
I search for the unblemished
only to realise
that beauty is in
their flawed journey
Eucalypt Tanka Journal
Amongst the bills, real estate adds, junk mail, other vague advertising letters
it was like a bright star in a dark sky to find the latest edition of Eucalypt Issue 31
beautifully edited and placement done with loving care by Julie Thorndyke. I dropped everything and the afternoon wiled away with a coffee enjoying the tanka and the world came wildly alive with my mind listening, observing, all senses stirred.
Eucalypt is the first Australian journal devoted to the ancient Japanese poetry genre
called tanka and I feel so proud to be included in Eucalypt Issue 31
with all the amazing Tanka writers.
I love my ladybug tanka. It is filled with colour, climate change,
endangered animals, picnis , sharing with grandchildren and nature
lands on our picnic blanket
blackdots on red
my grandson exclaims
I didn’t know they were real
My ladybug tanka speaks of climate change where our bugs and beetles
and especially the colourful Christmas beetles are disappearing.
Disappearance of vegetation, change in food chain etc the cause
. and how our children and our grandchildren are being deprived
of this natural beauty.
Secondly it speaks of sharing natures moments with the grandchildren
being out in the nature of the Blue Mountains lying on a picnic rug
and getting the opportunity of sharing something which is becoming rare.
Thank you Julie Thorndyke for your dedication to writing, poetry, and tanka.
Exciting to receive the latest Eucalypt: A Tanka Journal in the mail. This month celebrating 30 issues of Tanka.
(Beverley George always acclaimed for the first 20 issues.)
Thank you to the editor, Julie Thorndyke and congratulation on her very creative and thoughtful presentation of our tanka. Proud to see my name twice and feel privileged being included in every Eucalypt since I began writing Haiku and Tanka . . . the succinct intimate Japanese form of poetry.
Julie has her own new collection of stories Divertimento: Stories by Julie Thorndyke publ. Ginninderra Press 2021, just recently published by Ginninderra Press so this is double congratulations to her. Julie spoke at Society of Women Writers of NSW last meeting in Member Bites
to Julie Thorndyke on the launch of her novel Mrs Rickaby’s Lullaby.
Celebrating the birth of a new book is always one of the great pleasures, after all the hard work in bring it to fruition. It was launched by the well known poet and writers and mentor Beverley George surrounded by Julie’s family, friends and writing colleagues. And very enjoyable to share a glass of wine and some delicious cheeses while we chatted with writer, friends old and new.
Hartog Bookshop at Macquarie Centre was a welcoming space for just such an experience.
Special mention was made of Ginninderra Press and the invaluable gratitude many of us have for the support we receive from this publishing company. Thanks to Brenda and Stephen Matthews.
Mrs. Rickaby’s Lullaby was a wonderful read, cleverly written with well developed characters and twists of story just like in real life.