Welcome to Tanka In English

Modern English Tanka Press, aka MET Press or simply METP, is a publisher of fine poetry of lasting value. From 2006 to 2011, we published a number of poetry journals, collections, and scholarly works with the purpose of popularizing the ancient Japanese poetic form, tanka (formerly called waka) and promoting the reading and composition of tanka in English. While tanka was our primary focus, we published poetry in other Japanese and western forms. Haiku and American cinquains were secondary specialities. The purpose of this blog is to continue our outreach in support of promotion of poetry and facilitating its dissemination amongst both poets and readers. MET Press published a flagship journal entitled Modern English Tanka which we are making available to readers here since it is out of print. We also published five anthologies that were, at the time, considered a “new wave” in tanka in English. Those are also available on this blog. Feel free to read these and the other fine collections of tanka, haiku, and other poems online here and to download their PDF versions for yourself and to share with others.

Best wishes to you all.

Denis M. Garrison, poet, editor, and publisher. May 27, 2019.