#Bookreview – A Tanka Picture Book by Annette Rochelle Aben

What Amazon says

Life is alive with poetry; all the sights, sounds and smells. Blend it all together in your mind and you will begin to sing songs in your heart. You deserve a reason to smile, to feel good while pondering the magic of your world. You are closer than you think. Open, A Tanka Picture Book! Consider the story each picture shares through its visual. Enjoy how each is enhanced with a tanka poem. Engage your senses while on a journey of passionate creativity. To feel the excitement found in even the simplest of sights is why A Tanka Picture Book was created. Tanka is a form of traditional Japanese lyric poetry that uses 31 syllables spread out over 5 lines, to convey its message. The word “tanka” translates to “short song.” The short songs of this book elevate what may be considered average, to a new level of appreciation by connecting imagination and emotion. Those wishing to be inspired, those seeking an uplifting read and those who are simply curious to see if they might enjoy poetry will love A Tanka Picture Book. You can add this happy, little book to your print or electronic libraries. Be sure to pick-up an extra copy for someone who can use a thoughtful gift.

My review

Annette Rochelle Aben writes the most beautiful and heartfelt poetry, most frequently in the form of tanka and haiku verse. Annette bares her thoughts, feelings and soul to the world with her writing and enables you to experience her joy and delight at living with her.

One identifying feature of Annette’s poetry is that she appeals to all five of the senses. I frequently find that poems focus on the visual, what the writer sees, but not that many poets manage to capture the smell, sound and touch of life in quite the way Annette does.

One of the poems in this book that filled me with delight is this one:

We found paradise

Filled with rolling hills of green

Houses so cozy

Paths strewn with flowers fragrant

Watercolor painted skies

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53 thoughts on “#Bookreview – A Tanka Picture Book by Annette Rochelle Aben

  1. Thank you, Robbie! This is one of my favorite books and I am so humbled you enjoy it so much. That poem you chose to highlight truly spoke to me as well, for I allowed the picture to give me its song, which I turned into a Tanka. God Bless you, for your kindness here. As I mentioned in response to Ritu, I am good company here, as I consider you to be one of the most talented wordsmiths I have the honor of knowing. ❤

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  2. Robbie, how lovely to learn about Annette’s book here and I love your review of it here. You make an interesting point about much of poetry concentrating on the visual rather than all the senses, they all help to create an immediate and direct connection with the reader and well done to Annette for bringing all to her work.

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