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Issue # 5 September 2011
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Barbara lives in the Rainbow Region of northern NSW, Australia. Her Japanese short form poems appear in many international journals and anthologies in print and on the net. Other works have been published in The Salt River Review, Crannog, The Blue Fifth Review, Poemeleon, Loch Raven Review, Tattoo Highway, Umbrella, qarrtsiluni, and others. Diverse poems with audio are at

Barbara A Taylor


When There Is Light...

(a tanka sequence)


morning shadows
a lampshade's latticed fringe
quivers on the wall...
your books still piled
exactly as you left them

around a boar's tooth
on the withered medicine gourd
a glinting gold ring –
our time on far islands
dissolves with the mists

your buckled lotus –
sad memories remain in
that brass candlestick,
years of dining together
subdued, and yet...

western sunlight glows
through a Balinese batik –
our cosy bedroom...
now restive, I discover
I'm best when left all alone