お知らせ 国内外での朗読パフォーマンスを通じた表現活動を続けていきます。現代短歌 歌人 北久保まりこ

北久保まりこ プロフィール

北久保まりこ

東京都生まれ
東京都三鷹市在住
日本文藝家協会会員
日本PENクラブ会員
現代歌人協会会員
日本歌人クラブ会員
心の花会員
Tan-Ku共同創始者 Tanka Society of America

和英短歌朗読15周年記念動画
新作英文短歌
Spoken World Live発表作品

北久保まりこ

当サイトはリンクフリーです。
左のバナーをご利用下さい。

歌人  北久保まりこ
お知らせ

2024_02_16_garigari.jpg
2024年2月16日、東京池の上のライブハウスGarigariで開催されましたDrank Poets TokyoのReadingに、久々に参加致しました。

メンバーの中には、昨年12月、Tokyo Poetry Journal Vol.14の出版記念パーティーで、お会いした方々もありました。

今回は、過去にインド滞在中に詠みました旧作短歌連作 "BanyanTree" を和英で朗読し、お楽しみ頂けて幸いでした。

皆様ありがとうございました。

  

朗読パフォーマンスのトップへ戻る

2024年02月21日(水)

Online 詩歌誌、Shot Glass Journal様、Deborahとの新作Tan-Ku三作品をご掲載頂きありがとうございました。

※画像をクリックすると Shot Glass Journalのページが表示されます。

2024_02_02_ShotGlassJournal_01.jpg

2024_02_02_ShotGlassJournal_03.jpg

The Wait

by Mariko Kitakubo and Deborah P Kolodji

high tide
makes me
defenseless. . .
ancient blue of
the Pacific Ocean (M)

your ship shrinking
into the horizon
I wait ashore (D)

2024_02_02_ShotGlassJournal_04.jpg

February

by Deborah P Kolodji and Mariko Kitakubo

morning sunshine
the snow where
you are (D)

invisible now
but I'm sure
Sakura's
flowering power
will surround us (M)

2024_02_02_ShotGlassJournal_02.jpg

Sundial

by Mariko Kitakubo and Deborah P Kolodji

this sunset
is only for today
step by step
I'll be able to
start a new life (M)

ocean swallowing
the remaining light
moonrise? (D)

2024年02月06日(火)

British Haiku Society の詩歌誌、Blithe SpiritのVol. 33 Number4に、DISTANCEの書評が掲載されました。

偉大な音楽家バッハや画家、マティスやセザンヌの芸術に擬えて、素晴らしい評をお書き下さいました評者のA A Marcoff氏、どうもありがとうございました。

また、貴重な紙面をさいて下さいましたBlithe Spirit編者の皆様にも、心から御礼を申し上げます。

2024_02_02_BlitheSpirit_02.jpg

2024_02_02_BlitheSpirit_03.jpg

2024_02_02_BlitheSpirit_04.jpg

2024_02_02_BlitheSpirit_01.jpg

Distance by Mariko Kitakubo, Deborah P Kolodji, Shabda Press, 2023, paperback, 94 pages,

Mariko (Japan) writes tanka. Deborah (California) writes haiku. After the pandemic brought them together on the internet, these two great voices are now become as sisters in poetry, linked across the ocean, and in their book of tanka and haiku in combinations (Tan-Ku), they have composed a magical, sublime duet, improvisations in realities and dreams.

Constructed with echo, counterpoint and reprise, this book seems like a Bach concerto for two interweaving violins. The two poets are dream- travellers, and at times touch the cosmos in a 'Music of the Galaxy'. But in this haiku, we are brought from the stars right down to earth:

expanse
of the universe
a boy and his dog

In mirrors of the soul, Distance offers us a little kaleidoscope of everything, in 'emanations' (Matisse) and 'realisations' (Cezanne), that takes us from Samarkand and the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania (with its cradle or creation of the species), to Asakusa and the Senso-ji Temple in Tokyo. Sometimes we are led through a Torii (Shinto gateway) that marks a transition from the mundane to the sacred. These haiku and tanka were created in the spontaneity of the moment out of an emotion heightened by the pandemic. Several times I heard reverberations of the Zen koan, 'show me your face before you were born'.

Both poets are seasoned practitioners, and both are well-travelled. Mariko in particular, by all accounts a deeply impressive performer of her tanka, has taken her art all over the globe, and has made tanka truly international, touching so many hearts and minds:

through
the antique glass
dawn
comes into the world

spring snow
or petals of sakura
falling falling
like ashes in Ukraine

Deborah, Moderator of the Southern California Haiku Study Group, has travelled to Tokyo to do a haiku presentation:

the sea pounding
even in my dreams
dolphins

bees in soft petals
I open my arms
to the sun

Together they have given us the light of the stars, and the raw beauty and authenticity of things. They write with real flair, with the flow of things (they quote Heraclitus and his concept of 'Panta Rhei' ('Everything flows')), in spontaneous observations and essentials. We are left with the human condition, the way of life itself, couched in small poems that express the inexpressible with wonder. This is a book to love - absolutely. Absolutely in a relative world.

A A Marcoff

2024年02月05日(月)

2024_01_22_tanka_kenkyu_01.png

2024_01_22_tanka_kenkyu_02.png

歌集『さらさらと永久』書評 三十一文字のアリア

北久保まりこ

 『さらさらと永久』は「玲瓏」編集委員「短歌人」同人、山科真白の第二歌集である。

 地球全土が未知の感染症に見舞われ、各地で夥しい数の死者がでた悪夢のような一時代が過ぎた。これはその間の作品をまとめた一冊である。出口の見えぬトンネルに置き去りにされた人間の孤独を、独自の感性で紡がれた独唱曲(アリア)のような歌で表現している。筆者も同時期に英語の連作集を編んだので、著者の心持ちを身近なものとして捉えることができた。

・せつなからこぼれた雪のやうにほら、とても綺麗で儚くて、今
・おづおづと差し出す櫂の手触りを彼岸に残しわたしはひとり
・シーソーの片方だけが地に付いてだあれもゐない午後の公園
・しよぼくれたわたしの影の不格好 つまりあなたがゐない世界だ

 個性的な言葉選びによって展開される物語に、読者を引き込み手放さぬ詠力に長けている。

 灯された生(せい)の火が、いつ消されてもおかしくないと日に幾度も過るとき、人は目に見えぬ大いなるものの在り処を求めるのかもしれない。

・人を待つ駅に立夏の風生まれ頬こそばゆく神は過ぎたり
・隠喩なら銀色の釘 ゆつくりと息を捨てつつ近づくピエタ

 やや直接的にうたわれている作品も、引いておきたい。

・虫干しの喪服の紋の鶴が哭く密接不離に棺は並びて

 作者はあとがきに当時の心情を、「心のカンバスは喪失という絵の具によって、あっという間に厚く塗りつぶされ」た、と吐露している。

 そうだ、私達はこうして、日々人の死に際を目の当たりにしながら、あの時空を生き延びた。

・自死終へた人の生きざまちらつきて息をのむほど美しい月
・「ありがたう」日本で一番美しい言葉をあなたに言へてよかつた

 喪われゆく命を見つめながらも、作者の領域の輪郭は、常にゆるぎなく保たれている。

 短歌には、詠む者から負の感情を解き放つ力があると、以前から感じていた。それは、この度のような未曽有の危機にあってでさえ、損なわれることなく私どもを支え続けた幽かな、しかし確かな光であったろう。

 闇の時間を、這うようにして乗り越えた者の一人として、歳月を経て回想とともに、また読み返したい歌集である。

2024年01月22日(月)

角川短歌年鑑に、本年度も自選作品をご掲載頂きました。
心より御礼申し上げます。ありがとうございました。

2024_01_08_kadokawa_tanka_nenkan.png

角川短歌6月号より。

もう居ない幼気な汝に会ふためにロンドはめぐる回転木馬

何と言ふ坂だつたらうまだ若き母と遊びし影踏みの坂

花霞む堤につづく隠り世か 縄文人も視し雨後の空

逝き様が生き様ならんジャン=リュック・ゴダールが示したりし選択

モーイーヨと返す声亡きかくれんぼ 何年待つやAIの鬼

2024年01月09日(火)

Net 詩歌誌のScarlet Dragonfly Journal に、クリスマスシーズンに相応しい新作Tan-Ku が掲載されました。

編者のKathleen Trocmet氏に御礼申し上げます。
ありがとうございました。

https://scarletdragonflyjournal.wordpress.com/2023/12/24/far-north/

scarlet_dragonfly.jpg

 

Far North

distant sleigh bells
sinking into a dreamland
Christmas (D)

St. Nicolas
left the reins
in the air
salmon pink
aurora (M)

— Deborah P Kolodji, USA / Mariko Kitakubo, Japan

 

 メディア掲載のトップへ戻る

2023年12月25日(月)

両作品とも、DISTANCE発刊以降に作りました新作です。
お目に止めて下さいました編集者のClayton Beach 氏に、御礼を申し上げます。
ありがとうございました。

>> Under the Basho / "A Higher Sky"掲載ページに移動する

Under_the_Basho_2023_a_higher_sky.png

 

>> Under the Basho / "Spring Rain"掲載ページに移動する

Under_the_Basho_2023_spring_rain.png

2023年12月18日(月)

有り難いことに、William Scott Galasso氏が素晴らしい Book Reviewを投稿してくださいました。ありがとうございました。

DISTANCE.png

WILLIAM SCOTT GALASSO REVIEWS DISTANCE by MARIKO KITAKUBO & DEBORAH P KOLODJI

Distance. Tan-ku Sequences and Sets by Mariko Kitakubo and Deborah P. Kolodji, Shabda Press, Duarte, CA www.shabdapress.com. 2023, 93 pp.$18.00 U.S (softcover), print 2023932505, ISBN:978-1-7377113-6-0


Deborah P. Kolodji is the longtime Moderator of the Southern California Haiku Study Group, a member of the board of directors for Haiku North America, and the inaugural recipient of The Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association’s Presidents’ Lifetime Service Award. In addition, her highway of sleeping towns haiku poetry collection was awarded a Touchstone Distinguished Book Award from The Haiku Foundation. Mariko Kitakubo of Tokyo, is renowned for seven tanka collections, three of which are bilingual Cicada Forest, On This Same Star, and 2016’s Indigo. Needless to say, given their combined literary pedigree, their collaborative work Distance sets a high bar concerning one’s expectations.

Fortunately, Distance, subtitled Tan-Ku Sequences and Sets (for tanka and haiku), not only meets but exceeds these lofty expectations. These longtime friends, one might suggest (twin daughters of different mothers) have esteemed one another’s work for years. Each sharing their work and experiencing travels back and forth from the U.S and Japan between 2007-2019.

Then the pandemic struck and most conversation frequently expressed in verse (haiku by Deborah and tanka by Mariko), became their modus operandi. The first of seven sections, we hold virtual hands illustrates how these gifted poets formulated their dialogue. One would text, the other would respond and bridging the time and distance between them literally and figuratively. They did more than cope with different time zones, they excelled in creating unexpected connections.

The still waters of their call and response formula regardless of the specific subject matter inform each other and grow with each reading. Each of the seven sections is distinct in focus, yet they achieve synchronicity when considered as a whole. Here are some samples of their sets and sequences. I’ve chosen shorter pieces (primarily the sets) as examples due to limitations of space. However, the reward of reading the sequences contained this work is equal in terms of consistent quality.

This piece is from the initial section, we hold virtual hands:

Connecting Souls
there is
an invisible thread
between us…
quietness of
the pearl oyster

closing my eyes
I see your face
Vermeer’s earring

And this from the second section the eternal wind focused on Deborah’s battling illness:

Cancer

wind will bring
the summer storm
my garden
bordered by living
cadmium yellow

wild mustard
growing out of control
clinical trail

And section three presents us with a classical Japanese reference:

Forest Bathing

uphill path
I slow down to breathe
the pine scent

she perches
at the edge of
my straw hat
a butterfly’s siesta
in emerald breeze

Each section gives us a deep sense nature’s healing power and inherent beauty, a part of Gaia’s treasured gift to us, her children. Hence, reminding us of our own responsibility as stewards of the earth. Here are two more samples that conjure two very different strands of the emotional spectrum the first derives from traces of us, the second from the section entitled my words drift.

End of the Tunnel

no one knows…
I escaped from
his violence
silent night
holy night

no more scarves
to hide the bruises
New Year’s resolution

In contrast with the celebratory…

9th Inning

losing streak
the crack of his bat
hits a foul ball

every motion
stops and restarts
slowly…
we catch our breath
Gyakuten Sayonara!

The final line means “coming from behind,” a “goodbye,” a homer with the bases loaded that give a team the lead.

Finally, I would be remiss not to include a sequence, from as the road bends:

First Blanket

behind
pale cloud face
the dignity
before perfection
chestnut moon

waiting, waiting
the slow rise
of the sun

previously…
what do you
remember?
smiles for the sky
newborn baby

first blanket
your face peeking out
from its folds
This collection Distance is full of quiet beauty and a wide range of subject matter comes Highly Recommended.

- William Scott Galasso

California State Poetry Society の書評を見る

歌集・歌人紹介ページへ

2023年12月13日(水)

有り難いことに、Vicki Miko氏が素晴らしい Book Reviewを投稿してくださいました。ありがとうございました。

DISTANCE.png

Deborah P. Kolodji and Mariko Kitakubo, both accomplished poets, have created a new form they have named, Tan-Ku. For those familiar with the appeal of short-form poems, Debbie and Mariko respond to each other via tanka and haiku, or the other way around, whoever starts the set or sequence first. The haiku is by Debbie and the tanka is by Mariko. Here are two of my favorite:

Footsteps

autumn forest
deepens and deepens
in color
who knows
when I will disappear

chilled by the wind
each step closer
to winter

~

Beyond the Marine Layer

an ocean of traffic
far below the sugar pine
island in the sky

here was
the seabed,
long ago. . .
Himalayan poppy
unforgettable blue

Debbie
“Writing these poems of tanka/haiku response occurred organically, it wasn’t something we set out to create.” and “Mariko and I started having tanka/haiku conversations and found it addicting, the differences between tanka and haiku expressed as two voices, complementing each other.”

Mother Angel

dust
on a Tiffany lamp
estate sale

through
the antique glass
dawn
comes into
the world

Mariko
“The many co-creations we spun together, exchanging daily via smartphone messages were like a stream flowing in the light and shade.” and “A string of words from our souls while gritting our teeth and overcoming hardships.”

The Color red

a fir tree
in the maple forest
forever
green. . .
melancholy

dressing up drab clothes
with Christmas bling
I feel like singing

I love the seven chapter titles that carry the poems through a visible connection of different cultures and experiences—from “we hold virtual hands” to “as the road bends” to “my words drift.”

Through the Clouds

wiping off
and wiping off
the dark. . .
footsteps
in the cloud

foggy morning
searching for a ray of light
within the gray

I can’t see
my fairy shoes
in the weds
trapped by gravity
within the haze

blurry-eyed
a bee dusts
the pollen

loving
your crossed
fingers. . .
a bottle of mead
across the ocean

outstretched wings
the scan beep
of a boarding pass

DISTANCE is an expressive, heartfelt look into kindred hearts. It is a beautiful new form of short poems. The two authors touch something inside everyone.

- Vicki Miko

amazon customer review pageを見る

歌集・歌人紹介ページへ

2023年12月13日(水)

2023_12_11_Tokyo_Poetry_Journal_01.png

2023_12_11_Tokyo_Poetry_Journal_02.png

2023_12_11_Tokyo_Poetry_Journal_03.png

MARIKO KITAKUBO

Three short poems

1
listening
to water sounds
from the beech bark

miss you
so

2
the hummingbird
also joins
our breakfast

your shining lips

honey

3
forget
your sad days

shining
his tanned collarbone

age sixteen

2023年12月12日(火)