A Thousand Reasons. Pamela A.Babusci. Self-published
July 2009; Rochester, NY, USA: Printed by Art Bookbindery.
Cover art by the poet; Introduction by Tom Clausen; Afterword by
Softcover; 80 pp. Cover price: US $14.00: S&H US & Canada
$2.50; Foreign $5.00
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contact Pamela A. Babusci at:
150 Milford Street, Apt. 13, Rochester, NY 14615-1810 USA;
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A Thousand Reasons: Tanka by Pamela A. Babusci
to leave him
a thousand reasons
~ Pamela A. Babusci
The first collection of tanka by internationally award-winning
poet and acclaimed artist Pamela A. Babusci is now available
from the author. A Thousand Reasons contains 120
individual tanka by Babusci—whose work is familiar to readers of
literary journals and online sites in the U.S. and around the
world—as well as an introduction by award winning U.S. poet Tom
Clausen and an afterword by British poet/songwriter and editor
of Three Lights Gallery Liam Wilkinson.
"She has a daring in her tanka that both upholds certain
traditions as well as offers groundbreaking exploration of her
uninhibited inner being," writes Clausen, in his Introduction.
"This collection of tanka goes well beyond love to touch on
every woman’s concerns and, for that matter, every person’s joys
"The tanka poetry of Pamela A. Babusci is a rich tapestry of
language and emotion; shining threads of Eastern and Western
literary tradition interwoven against a kaleidoscope background
of passion and deep self-awareness. An accomplished fine artist
as well as poet, in A Thousand Reasons Babusci lays bare
her soul to readers: these pages are her canvas and tanka her
brush as she paints for us not only the rolling landscapes of
her own heart, but the hills and valleys of our own as well,"
writes Cathy Drinkwater Better, award-winning poet, journalist.
Babusci has received honors in: the Museum of Haiku Literature
Awards; the International Tanka Splendor Awards; the Yellow Moon
Tanka Competition (Australia); the Kokako Tanka Competition (New
Zealand); the Basho Festival Haiku Contests (Japan); the Suruga
Baika Literary Festival (Japan); and Joint Third Prize for the
First With Words International On-Line Haiku Competition—among
In 2008, she both sponsored and adjudicated the First
International EroticTanka Contest.
Babusci is also an acclaimed haiga artist. Her illustration
credits include the cover design for the recently published:
Take Five: Best Contemporary Tanka 2008; and she served
as logo designer/artist for Haiku North America in 2003 and
"Just as an artist stands at the canvas, surveying the clean
white landscape before the painting is begun, I imagine Pamela
A. Babusci to be forever teetering at the lip of another tanka,"
writes Wilkinson in his Afterword. "She is…a skilled craftswoman
who is as much at home in her haiga as she is in her tanka, with
a precise eye for composition that informs all of her
work…Pamela seems perpetually willing to pour her entire self
and soul into a form that seems, perhaps due to the dexterity of
the artist, boundless…."
Along Tobacco Road, Curtis Dunlap
Pamela A. Babusci’s tanka have consistently been right up there
among the very best, as indelible qualities of her personality
flow throughout her writing. Pamela’s tanka are tremblingly
alive and soul stirring. I would describe her work as
dramatically impassioned, and, in A Thousand Reasons,
~an’ya, first editor of the Tanka Society of America’s journal
Ribbons; editor of: moonset Literary Newspaper.