Editor : E.D. Blodgett*
P.O. Box 52014
Edmonton
Alberta, T6G 2T5
Canada

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Listed below are the titles of recent publications. These include Speaking Flowers by E.D. Blodgett, Petals on white ground by Gerald St. Maur, A well-tempered tellurion, also by Gerald St. Maur, Encounters in This Penny World by Sanford Goldstein, Hitchhiking in the Hospital by Shirley A. Servisss and Drops from Her Umbrella by Laura Maffei.

*University Professor Emeritus of the University of Alberta,
Dr. Blodgett is the author of seventeen books of poetry among which "Apostrophes" won the Governor General Award for Poetry in 1996.

 

 

inkling press Publications

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 Countless Leaves
 Speaking Flowers
 Petals on white ground
 A well-tempered tellurion
 Encounters in This Penny World
 Hitchhiking in the Hospital
 Drops from Her Umbrella
 Scent of Jasmine and Brine
 About the Blue Moon
 seasonings
garden meditations
a cicada in the cosmos
Joy in Me Still
white thoughts, blue mind
dancing with words
fast enough to leave this world
winter tanka
journeys far and near: tanka roads

 

 
Countless Leaves
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Description: Countless Leaves is a handsomely produced compilation of the award-winning and commended poems from the North American Tanka contest conducted in 2001.

 

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First Prize Winner in the traditional category,
 
   

a sudden loud noise
all the pigeons of Venice
at once fill the sky
that's how it felt when your hand
accidentally touched mine

   
by Ruby Spriggs  
 
 
First Prize Winner in the modern category,
 
   

feeling cranky
the palm reader
tells him
she's never seen a life line
as short as his

   
by Joanne Morcom  
 

 

 
Speaking Flowers
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Description: Speaking Flowers, by Governer General Award winner E.D. Blodgett, is a nontraduction of quatrains by Jacques Brault

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reflecting in the Taoist smile
a water lily   a slice of the world flows

where the water is distilled with stars so
at peace on its isle the space of night

   
page 13  

 
   

before the burning bush which goes out
as far as the absence of God   the soul smitten

does not spur on its grief   Moses breathes in
the wild rose that closed and does not speak

   
page 19  
 

 

 

Petals on white ground

by Gerald St. Maur 76pp perfect bound

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Description: A contemporary compilation of original Canadian
haiku based on the Japanese tradition

 

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The full round moon
      floating toward the lake shore…
the sound of splashing

            sweeping car headlights:
        skeletal birches shifting
    only their shadows

   
 
   

 

 

A well-tempered tellurion

by Gerald St. Maur 126pp perfect bound

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Description: A contemporary compilation of original Canadian
tanka based on the Japanese tradition

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Coming up behind,
you suddenly enfold me
in this universe;
voyaging lost together
I have no wish to be found

On that last evening
before you went far away,
with so much to say
you took my hands and taught me
the poetry of silence

   

 

 

Encounters in This Penny World

by Sanford Goldstein 88pp perfect bound

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Description: A collection of tanka poetry written by a master of the form.

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universe of books,
sans blue sky, sans red flowers,
sans forest leaf tramp,
his world a library table,
life a barricade of fingered notes

page 19

those nights at camp
when he heard the bugle mourn
that day was done,
myriads-stars beyond his tent
foretold he would never die

page 72

 

   

 

 

Hitchhiking in the Hospital

by Shirley A. Serviss 65pp perfect bound

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Description: A collection of poems in search of meaning in an acute-care hospital

 

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Blueberries

perhaps the only thing to do
with a dying man
on a summer day
is to share blueberries

place them into your mouth
one by one and ingest them
slowly and reverently

slice their juices with your teeth
feel the juice suffuse
your parched throat

savour their flesh
their blue taste
as though its the first
ever to rest on your tongue

   
 
   

 

 

Drops from Her Umbrella

by Laura Maffei 110 pp perfect bound

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Description: The tanka diary of a contemporary American poet rich in experience.

 

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Halloween--
infant Batman
in my arms
barely aware of this world
that needs saving

shaking the drops
from her bright red umbrella
this friend
with troubles in her past
meets me at the train

favorite
green T-shirt
getting worn thin
looks like this is to be
my summer of nipples

   
 

 

 

Scent of Jasmine and Brine

by Linda Jeannette Ward 104 pp perfect bound

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Description:  Journeys in life and death, through mind, body and soul.

 

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the intimacy of death
in my childhood room
Father's hand
smaller now
than mine

a cloud of cherry blossoms
gusts across the highway
...I hurry home
rush you from the garden
to make love

from our final
seaside rendezvous
only this:
scent of jasmine and brine
I cannot brush from my hair

















   
 

 

 

About the Blue Moon

by Joanne Morcom 90 pp perfect bound

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Description:  Adventures roaming through haiku, senryu and tanka

 

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if you'd been here
you'd have reminded me
about the blue moon
on my own
I forget to look

field of hay bales
and their shadows
the hawk's wingspan

grocery store
the male cashier
handles my melons

















   
 

 

 

seasonings

by Gerald St. Maur
large colour format, 131 pp perfect bound

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Description:  A contemporary interpretation of an ancient Japanese art using the theme of seasonality

 

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garden meditations

by Angela Leuck 53 pp perfect bound

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Description:  A contemplation of delight and inspiration found in the garden

 

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tumbling waterfall
in an alpine garden
after the rush to arrive
we drop a penny
into the pool below



needing silence
needing peace
I plough a path
into the whiteness
of a winter garden

















   
 

 

 

a cicada in the cosmos

by Angela Leuck 99 pp perfect bound

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Description:  A floral evocation and exploration of amorous love

 

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your silence,
my silence...
the chirp
of a cicada
in the cosmos


new organist
I weave fantasies
of a life together -
evening light glimmers
through the stained glass lilies

















   
 

 

 

Joy in Me Still

by George Swede 79 pp perfect bound

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Description: A journey in negotiating the vicissitudes of life

 

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in first full bloom
the apricot tree - joy
in me still


                        a face beseeching
                        before it becomes
                            a water lily


                        winter sunset
                        my shadow far too long
                        for one life


            flooded plain
fence tops show which water
          belongs to whom

















   
 

 

 

white thoughts, blue mind

by George Swede 45 pp perfect bound

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Description: From poignancy to lyricism in five short lines

 

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Her head
on my shoulder
white thoughts
drift across
a blue mind


Morning bedroom sun
the new leg and foot veins
an updated map
of all the roads
in this particular life

















   
 

 

 

dancing with words

by Gerald St. Maur 74 pp perfect bound

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Description: A collection of choreographed poems based upon the successful dance performance
Lips Love Legs

 

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On the art of touching

On the art of touching the piano,
                                     the keys are not the key.
Thoughts on the patterns of notes
become notes on the patterns of thoughts
                                                  that visit the composer
                                           before he touches the piano
and lets his soul dance across the keyboard.

And plucking the strings of a guitar
                   is merely one heart earnestly trying to touch
                                                    the strings on another.
Lovers speak,
         and their mouths touch the air,
                                    willing it to touch the other's ear
         where it dies in the apotheosis of longing
and culminates in the meeting of mouths.

Lovers part, and lips break from lips,
                                       hands fall away from lips,
                                           hands disengage from hands
                             until only the air connects them
                  and the art of touching
remains unperfected once more.











 

 

 

fast enough to leave this world

by LeRoy Gorman 70 pp perfect bound

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Description: A wide-eyed voyage through the encounters and vicissitudes of life on planet earth

 

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a two-holer
my grandparents'
outhouse
how they must have
gotten along


dusk in the mountains
the waiter who wanted
a bigger tip
gives me directions
to a good view


where have
the dreams gone
big cars power past
fast enough
to leave this world

















   
 

 

 

 

Winter Tanka

by Grant D. Savage 71 pp perfect bound

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Description: Reflections on the winter environment - physical and emotional

 

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holding it
held by it
love
... winter moonlight
in our clasped hands


                        and a cardinal
                        giving away his heart
                        with a snowflower
                        ripped open to its red
                        berry heart


petals
of her plum blossom tattoo
in warm fragrant
spring rain
the longing of the moment

















   
 

 

 

 

Journeys Far and Near: tanka roads

by Sanford Goldstein 80 pp perfect bound

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Description: An extended sojourn through the vicissitudes and tribulations of life.

 

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old-timers
on a Tokyo back street
and the homeless too,
they sleep in leaf-stained bushes,
quarts of comfort in cradled arms


                        in they came
                        with their coffee cup
                        trays,
                        and for a while like me
                        they drank in the silence too


the way
his alzheimer face
looked--
my name cast down somewhere,
his eyes a cataract haze

















   
 

 


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