Tanka: Beloved Light

a black whippet in a jacket sniffing washed up leaves on the beach

shoreline gold
the scent of autumn
follows the river
each fleeting moment
we turn to the light

© Xenia Tran

a black whippet in a jacket sniffing autumn leaves washed up on the beach

We are deeply honoured and delighted that our poem Where Moss Flows has been published in Dance Into The World, The Tanka Society of America Twentieth Anniversary Anthology (2020). A very big thank you to Michael Dylan Welch for featuring my poem and putting this beautiful anthology together.

Front Cover of Dance Into the World

For a summary of recent poems featured in anthologies please visit our Anthologies page.

Wishing you all a happy Thursday and a peaceful rest of the week,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Canon Powershot SX60 HS, Settings: f/4 – 1/800 s – ISO 200, f/4.5 – 1/1000 s – ISO 250 and f/5.6 – 1/100 s – ISO 200.

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Haiku: Golden Glen

close up of two whippets in black jackets on an autumnal forest trail

breath of the glen
crowns of pine and leafless trees
stretch towards the light

© Xenia Tran

view across the glen towards the hills beyond

We are deeply honoured and delighted to have a new haiku (in Dutch) included in the Haiku-kantelkalender 2021. The calendar features fifty-two haiku by poets from Belgium and The Netherlands and is available from Haiku-centrum Vlaanderen (9 Euro per calendar plus postage). A very big thank you to Ferre Denis and the team for including my poem and putting this beautiful calendar together.

Haiku kantelkalender 2021

Wishing you all a happy Monday and a peaceful week ahead,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/3.2 – 1/640 s – ISO 100, f/3.2 – 1/400 s – ISO 100 and f/4 – 1/1000 s – ISO 100.

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Friday Favorite: Between Heather and Grass

Laurie Graves shares a beautiful review of Between Heather and Grass on her blog Notes from the Hinterland, alongside music by Jon Batiste! Thank you so much for sharing this Laurie, we’re so happy you enjoyed our second collection! xxx

Notes From the Hinterland

I decided to change the title for my Friday posts. Formerly, it was What’s Making Me Happy, but I had borrowed this from the excellent podcast Pop Culture Happy Hour, and I thought maybe it would be best to have something different. There is a fine line between admiration and plagiarism, and I didn’t want to cross it.

So now the title will be Friday Favorites, but the content will be the same as I list things that made me happy or caught my attention during the week. Often I list three things, but today there will only be one as it needs to stand by itself.

Long overdue to be featured on this blog is the very beautiful book, Between Heather and Grass: Poems and Photographs Filled with Love, Hope and Whippets. It was published by my blogging friend Xenia Tran, who has the lovely blogs

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World Haiku Series 2019 (199) Haiku by Xenia Tran

We are deeply honoured and delighted to share our haiku with haiku friends in the world and appreciate each other’s haiku as part of the World Haiku Series 2019, celebrating the 330th anniversary of Bashõ’s visit to Kisakata at the same time. A special thank you to Mr Hidenori Hiruta for his beautiful Japanese translations.

Akita International Haiku Network

World Haiku Series 2019 (199)

Haiku by Xenia Tran

blossom haze

spring is passing

before our eyes

– from Between Heather and Grass – Poems Filled with Love, Hope and Whippets by Xenia Tran (Nairn, UK: Holistic Linguistics, 2019)

花のもや

春が過ぎて行く

目の前で

light rain

around the buddha’s feet

a sea of diamonds

– published in EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration 2019 (Winchester, VA: The Haiku Foundation, 2019)

小雨

仏の足の周り

ダイヤモンドの海

sea pinks

sunlight draws her colours

around the rocks

– published on Whippet Wisdom blog

海のピンク

日光が色を描く

岩の周りに

these colours

the new and ever never

gifts from the sea

– from Between Heather and Grass – Poems Filled with Love, Hope and Whippets by Xenia Tran (Nairn, UK: Holistic Linguistics, 2019)

これらの色

新しい、かつてない

海からの贈り物

empty salad bowl

too beautiful to eat

these flowers

– published on Tranature blog

空のサラダボウル

美しすぎて食べられない

これらの花を

stillness of trees

the wind picks up where she left

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Cover Reveal

We received our first printed copy this weekend and are delighted to give the paws up for our forthcoming book Between Heather and Grass – Poems and Photographs Filled with Love, Hope and Whippets.

A very big thank you to Darlene Swanson at Van-garde for the lovely cover design:

Front Cover of Between Heather and Grass by Xenia Tran
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The focus of this new collection of poems and images is on the comfort that love and nature can bring, even in times of loss. With that in mind we provided a mood board for our designer with a handful of carefully selected photographs, a few examples of book covers that we liked and the freedom for her to choose another photograph from the selection of images for the interior of the book if she felt this would work better for the cover.

We believe she really captured the depth and sensitivity of this collection with her combination of the two images and cannot thank her highly enough.

We are donating thirty per cent of any net profit from the sale of this book to a children’s cancer charity in memory of our nephew Jamie Baker and another thirty per cent of net profit to animal rehoming charities.

Between Heather and Grass will go on general sale on Friday 15th November, when we will publish a special post in co-ordination with the children’s cancer charity we’re supporting.

The paperback edition is available for pre-order from Barnes & Noble, Foyles, Waterstones, Indiebound and Fishpond.

Between now and the release date more retailers will be added to this list.

The ebook version is available for pre-order from Apple, Kobo, Nook and Booktopia.

The Kindle edition is available for pre-order from Amazon UK, Amazon US, Amazon Germany, Amazon France, Amazon Japan and Amazon Australia.

If you’re interested in receiving a complimentary copy please let us know in the comments. Eivor and Pearl will select two names from the hat on 14th November and we are happy to ship worldwide.

*** the winners are announced here ***

a smiling black whippet leaping along a forest trail in autumn

Wishing you all a magical Tuesday,

with love from Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photographs by Xenia Tran, edited in lr.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ200, Settings: f/2.8 – 1/250 s – ISO 160 and f/2.8 – 1/160 s – ISO 160.

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