Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Montserrat Review Honors Take Five : Best Contemporary Tanka

September 1, 2009 Perryville, MD

Montserrat Review, one of the most prestigious literary journals in America, publishes 'Best Reading' each spring and fall in which the Book Review Editor Grace Cavalieri presents her recommendations for the best reading in a variety of categories.

With the tens of thousand of poetry books published by presses small and large in North America, selecting works to recommend is no easy challenge. Best Reading for Fall 2009 honors Take Five : Best Contemporary Tanka in the category of Best Tanka Poetry.

Take Five was edited by a literary team consisting of M. Kei as editor-in-chief, Sanford Goldstein, Pamela A. Babusci, Patricia Prime, Bob Lucky, and Kala Ramesh. They set themselves the goal of reading all tanka published in English during 2008 with the goal of selecting the best to present in an anthology showcasing individual tanka, tanka prose, and tanka sequences. 321 individual poems and 138 poets were honored with publication.

Grace Cavalieri is the host of the 'Poem and Poet' program at the Library of Congress, as well as having published fourteen books of poetry of her own. She has been honored with the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award, The Corporation for Public Broadcasting Silver Medal, and many others.

To read the complete recommendations, visit the web page at

For further information about TAK5, visit the publisher's web site at . For interviews, contact M. Kei, editor-in-chief, at Take5Tanka (at) gmail (dot) com.

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