Entry #11 – Tanka, 「HIRAETH」and 「C.U. Again」Release Announcement

Hi everyone, it’s Kohaku. I hope you all had a fantastic week.

These past few days I’ve been trying out tanka. It’s an old Japanese style of poetry, consisting of five lines bearing the syllable pattern 5/7/5/7/7. The first three lines are basically a haiku. I haven’t published any haiku on this blog, but I can say that so far, I really prefer tanka. It feels more complete to me, I guess. At any rate, poetry this short doesn’t take too long to write, and I’ve been getting really busy lately. So I’ll probably be turning out more English-language tanka on the days I have no time to do anything else. 

On to some exciting news: I have two complete poetry compilations and their release dates to announce!

「HIRAETH」will be published tomorrow, Monday October 7th

and

「C.U. Again」will be published next week, Monday October 14th!

I don’t know if I’ve said it before, but my poetry compilations are kind of similar to musical concept albums – they’re collections of poems centered around a common theme. You could probably tell from 「DOUBLE-SIDED」, I think. These two new compilations are different from 「DOUBLE-SIDED」but somewhat similar to each other – both have ten poems, neither have a preface, and both are really personal and important to me. Please look forward to them and let me know what you think!

I’m so busy recently, but I’m glad I was able to finish these two compilations. I think I’m going to try to get some sunset pictures one of these days. The sky is so incredibly pretty where I live… even when I’m stressed and tired and have no time, I’m always looking up at the sky for a reason to smile. An old acquaintance of mine once said, “Life isn’t over ‘till you can’t appreciate a sunset anymore.” Isn’t that very true? I guess that’s how I live.

This week, don’t forget to appreciate the little things. Look up at the sky, breathe, and smile. Watch the clouds. Admire the sunrise and sunset. Life isn’t over yet.

Take care of yourself,

Kohaku

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