“Hubris” by Mariko Kitakubo & Deborah P. Kolodji

Mariko Kitakubo & Deborah P. Kolodji


the distorted
he smiles to me
from the white limousine
blue green shimmers
a peacock struts
his stuff

from Rattle #83, Spring 2024
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Mariko Kitakubo & Deborah P. Kolodji: “We started writing ‘tan-ku’ sequences and sets during the pandemic when neither of us could travel. Mariko is a tanka poet and I am a haiku poet. We started having poetic conversations via Facebook Messenger where Mariko would write a tanka and I would respond with a haiku and vice versa, often at odd hours due to the time zone differences between Tokyo and Los Angeles. Some of these poems are only two verses, but others are six, and sometimes more. We were born the same year and have common experiences, but also cultural differences which has been a learning experience for both of us. We have found that sometimes our poems take unexpected turns.”

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