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Fire Pearls: Short Masterpieces of the Human Heart. M. Kei Editor. 2006.  ISBN: 978-1-4303-0999-4.  160 pages, " X 9", perfect bind, black and white interior ink.   $ 14.95.

Fire Pearls, Short Masterpieces of the Human Heart, addresses all aspects of the human heart. Fifty poets run the gamut of emotion from laughter to grief, anger, jealousy, joy, delight and more. All the poems are short five line stanzas: tanka, kyoka, cinquains, and free verse, yet the poets of Fire Pearls can pack an entire lifetime into a single intense poem. Arranged by season, including a ‘fifth season,’ Fire Pearls is sure to delight romantics and curmudgeons alike.


Fire Pearls will be quite a surprise for those who are frequent readers of tanka, the five-line poem with a 1300 year history. For newcomers to tanka, the poems should be a challenge and a delight. The last section, entitled “Fifth Season,’ is a tour de force. To journey through this anthology is to experience key moments of our lives.”

Sanford Goldstein, co-translator of Tangled Hair: Selected Tanka from Midaregami

“What a magnificent anthology… it weakens, heartens, humbles, enlarges, and delivers so many poetic truths that I just am so glad to see this come to fruition.”

Tom Clausen, author of Growing Late




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