Over the years, so much of Francine Porad's poetry has just stunned
me with its imagery and wisdom; she is a master at what I call the
short, English-language "wisdom" poem. It is exactly her
kind of tanka by which, in the Introduction to The Tanka Anthology
(Red Moon Press, 2003), I feel confident enough to stake the English
tanka's claim to a new chapter in the short English lyric.