Thus far in 2021, Poet Barbara Tate has published two significant collections of haiku, tanka, and haibun. The first one, “far more than I ever was,” has already been reviewed on this blog. The second one, just released, “darkness in a noonday night,” has now crossed my desk. In reading and re-reading both books, it’s evident that Tate has mastered the aesthetics of Japanese-style poetry, its brevity and simple elegance about the “suchness” of everyday life.
Tate’s poetry appeals to not only the seasoned poet, but the beginning one or non-poet. The sentiments behind her poetry are something for everyone to appreciate. We delight in her observations and insights about life, and find ourselves nodding in recognition. (She writes many senryu focusing on human nature.)
Whether lyrical tanka, matter-of-fact haiku/senryu, or haibun, her work touches our hearts. We appreciate her rhythm, alliteration, and expert line breaks that lead us to the moment of revelation.
As Tate states in the Prologue of “darkness in a noonday night,” writing the Japanese-style forms of poetry have resulted in “a journey of discovery that has seen me through good times and the not so good.”
Below are just a few poems from “darkness in a noonday night”:
sitting on the sea-wall
me and a cranky sand crab
letting go of memories
one at a time
Haiku and senryu:
finishing the race
before my shadow
everyone brings their own
one day closer to the day
no one remembers me
reading the menu
one more day of mother’s silence
wrapped in fog
the whisper of owl wings
above my head
Don’t miss reading Barbara Tate’s work from cover to cover. To order the collections of this gifted poet, you may reach her at: email@example.com
Further, in her decades as an author, Tate has published many short stories and flash fiction, and has also published collections of lyric and narrative poetry.
Copyright 2021 by Charlotte Digregorio.