05/01/2013

If only my relation to the world
were always like this—
a few fishermen
rowing a small boat
up the river’s edge.

AUTHOR'S NOTE:

Although he was a shōgun, Minamoto no Sanetomo devoted most of his time to writing and to calligraphy. This poem is an example of one of his hundreds of tanka.

BIO:

Christian Bancroft received his MA in Creative Writing from the University of Texas, where he was the recipient of a Michener Fellowship. In 2011, he was the recipient of an honorarium from Notre Dame for his poetry translations. He now teaches at Austin Community College and at Trinity Episcopal School.
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