she wore her sadness

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The creative writing selected for this publication by the editor is a written creative piece consisting of a Tanka poem that was published in "Poems to Wear: From Japan and Australia", edited by Amelia Fielden.
Tanka is a 1200-year-old form of Japanese poetry that uses simile, metaphor and personification to create an extremely succinct mental picture in the reader's mind. It is typically about profound matters, often to do with sadness and other powerful emotions. The project is an investigation into achieving an inter-disciplinary creative symbiosis with related research interests in melancholy and the photographic image.
The poem contributes an original textural work to a rich tradition of aesthetically and conceptually disciplined creative writing, which, like its photographic counterpart contains a suggestiveness felt beyond words. It establishes an enquiry into poetic aesthetics in contemporary and past art discourse with particular reference to emotive subjective response. It achieves a synergy between creative literature and photographic practice with similar underlying conceptual strategies specifically designed to evoke a sense of sadness or melancholy.
The work contributes to a collection of modern and contemporary Japanese and Australian Tanka and Haiku poets that reaches an international audience.
Original languageEnglish
Type5-line tanka in book
Media of outputBook
PublisherGinninderra Press
Number of pages1
Place of PublicationAdelaide
ISBN (Print)9781760412067
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series

NamePoems to Wear: From Japan and Australia

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    Holcombe, J. (2016). she wore her sadness. Ginninderra Press.