Drawing the Heat of Embers

a piece of charcoal
in the hand of an artist
can perform magic
sketches of a charcoal fire
thaw the cold heart of winter

Kim M. Russell, 2016

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My response to Carpe Diem Tanka Splendor 25th Teika’s 9th Tanka Writing Technique “Exquisite Detail” (prompt: charcoal)

Today Chèvrefeuille has presented Teika’s 9th Tanka Writing Technique ‘Exquisite Detail’ and the prompt ‘charcoal’.

Exquisite detail – komayaka naru tei is a style indicated by exact and precise details with often complex imagery. In Teika’s anthology of tanka styles he has 29 examples. One of which is one from the Kokinshū, #4:193:

tsuki mireba / chiji ni mono koso / kanashikere / waga ni hitiostu no / /aki ni wa aranedo

gazing at the moon
a thousand sad things
overcome me
not only I feel this
in autumn alone

Ōno Chisato (890-905)

in the meadow
peeling the leaves of daisies,
does she loves me?
dreaming In front of the fireplace
I look into the charcoal

© Chèvrefeuile

He also explained that, in a similar way to tea drinking, there were rituals and events surrounding the composition, presentation, and judgment of waka. There were two types of waka party that produced occasional poetry: Utakai and Uta-awase. Utakai was a party at which all participants wrote waka and recited them. Utaawase was a contest in two teams: themes were determined and a chosen poet from each team wrote a waka on the given theme. The judge appointed a winner for each theme and gave points to the winning team. The team which received the largest number of points was the winner.

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