Tanka Box


Tanka is a Japanese poetic form that has existed
for over 1300 years. Longer than haiku, tanka
allows for deeper thought and expression of themes. Tankas were originally used as a way of expressing private emotions between lovers and friends. The Tanka collected in this box is contemporary, written in English.

Each wall of the box is a small book with Tanka poems and watercolor paintings by Alicia Bailey. The pages are color laserprint on Mohawk Superfine text.

Archives housed at University of Denver Penrose Library Special Collections. Also in Ringling Library, University of Virginia, private collections