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Autumn 2009, vol 7 no 3


Ariel Kalinowski

O moon that fills from sliver
to fullness—
a black stream has drowned me:
her hair,
her voice.
            —Hempi Monastery


The moon pours
into a dark flowing stream.
I sit,
what am I like?


circle the temple,
little black
siva’s dreams


lonely dogs
on the beach,
a blind elephant
steered by a whip—
stars… and the moon.


Wide as Mt. Fuji,
empty as cold air—
the eyes in the train window.


Ariel Kalinowski Ariel Kalinowski is the editor of Talisman Magazine ( He is an avid reader of both modern English tanka and translations of the Japanese masters.