Poems in The Canberra Times

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The Canberra Times has published Andrew’s poem, “Music Tanka”. The poem, which appears in the 2 March 2013 edition of the newspaper’s Panorama magazine, consists of two tanka, as follows:

Music Tanka



1. Seeing the Sound


As to the eye

the springing of the mallets

so to the ear

the bounding of the poundings

from the taut timpani skins.



2. Purity


The notes are flat

and the timing is out, yet

what pure music

they make, the little sawn lengths

of bamboo bumped by breezes.


          © Andrew Lansdown

These two tanka are included in Andrew’s forthcoming book, Inadvertent Things: poems in traditional Japanese forms, scheduled for publication later this year by Walleah Press.

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