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Atlas Poetica
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25 Romanian tanka poets

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by [Medina ]

2010-04-25  |     | 

For those which are not familiar with Japanese lyrics, M. Kei is a well known and appreciated tanka poet and editor. Try a simply search of his name on internet and you will find amazing things. We are grateful for this presentation in one of the most known and appreciate tanka journal - Atlas Poetica. Here you are his announcement he makes kindly

M. Kei

Atlas Poetica Announces New Special Features: Romanian Tanka Poets

Press Release - For Immediate Release - Please post to all appropriate venues

24 April 2010 — Perryville, Maryland, USA

Atlas Poetica : A Journal of Poetry of Place in Contemporary Tanka is proud to reveal the new ‘Special Features’ section of its completely redesigned website. The new website, designed by Alex von Vaupel, Technical Director for Atlas Poetica, hosts information about the journal, submission guidelines, ordering information, sample issues, and now the new Special Features section. It is located at .

Atlas Poetica is an international tanka journal that publishes tanka literature in many languages. However, it can be difficult for readers and poets to find venues to enjoy tanka featuring different languages and cultures. Therefore, Atlas Poetica has established the Special Features section to focus on different aspects of the international tanka community.

The first Special Feature is ‘25 Romanian Tanka Poets’ edited by Magdalena Dale and Vasile Moldovan, with an Introduction by Moldovan and translations by Dale and others. The Introduction surveys the history of tanka in Romania from 1878 to the present, and highlights some of the accomplishments of Romanian tanka poets at home and around the world.

The Introduction is followed by twenty-five tanka in the original Romanian accompanied by English translation. Some of the poets featured are well-known to the international tanka community, but other poets are being translated into English for the first time. ‘25 Romanian Tanka Poets’ is a beguiling snapshot of tanka in Romania and provides citations for readers interested in reading more.

More Special Features will be coming soon, including ‘25 Canadian Tanka Poets in French and English,’ edited by Aurora Antonovic and translated by Huguette Ducharme. It is slated to appear the first week of May. It will be followed by ‘25 New Zealand Tanka Poets,’ edited by Patricia Prime. It will appear in the first week of June.

A fourth Special Feature, ‘25 Poems on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Themes’ is in the planning stages. It is being edited by Alex von Vaupel. Queries about the LGBT Special Feature can be sent to with a subject line of “LGBT tanka feature”.

Anyone interested in being a Guest Editor for a Special Feature at the Atlas Poetica website will find guidelines on Special Features home page, below the Atlas butterfly that is the symbol of the journal. Anyone interested in being a Guest Editor should familiarize themselves with the project by reading the Special Features section and also a sample issue of the journal archived on the site. Atlas Poetica’s Special Features are published on an irregular schedule.

About Keibooks:

Keibooks is a micropress located in Perryville, Maryland, USA, founded by poet and tall ship sailor, M. Kei. Keibooks publishes select projects reflecting his interest in tanka poetry and the sea. Using print-on-demand technology, Keibooks is able to publish high quality literature in attractive, affordable editions. Keibooks is home to Atlas Poetica : A Journal of Poetry of Place in Contemporary Tanka, and previously published Fire Pearls : Short Masterpieces of the Human Heart, a classic anthology of tanka love poems, as well as several other titles. For more information, visit: .

M. Kei, publisher and editor
P O Box 1118, Elkton, MD, 21922-1118, USA
Email: Keibooks @

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