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September 17, 2010

Poetry Friday--Catzilla!

Earlier this week Catzilla!: Tanka, Kyoka, and Gogyoka About Cats edited by M. Kei, was released.

I have two Catzillas in my house, so when a call came for tanka (short poems of 5 lines) about cats, I jumped at the opportunity to send in a few of my poems, most of which were inspired by my own two beasts. I was lucky enough to have two accepted, and they appear in the new anthology along with poems by 40+ other cat people.

I'm sorry, but if you want to read my two tanka, you'll just have to buy the book! To make up for my little bit of meanness, I'll let you read one that was rejected:
spring morning...
cat at the window
claws her way
up the screen to put
the birds in their place
© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved
The cat on the cover of Catzilla! is Timmynocky, a sea cat aboard the Kalmar Nyckel, whose adventures have been chronicled here.

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  1. Holy Meow! Congrats, Diane :).

  2. Thanks, Jama! One of the published tanka is about my big-boned girl, Skippy. I'm kind of afraid she'd be pissed at me if she read it (fortunately, she hasn't even mastered her ABCs). If you'd like to see a photo of her, check out this post: http://kkskwotes.blogspot.com/2009/09/sundays-kat-kwote_27.html

  3. Congrats on the publication! We, too, have a big-boned cat, Willie Morris, who loves his windows!

  4. Mary Lee, show me a cat who doesn't love a window, and I'll show you a cat whose soul has been snatched by space aliens!