Susan Burch

Vice President

9128 Cool Hollow Terrace

Hagerstown, MD 21740 USA

 

sehbtree@yahoo.com

 

Susan Burch began writing tanka in April 2013 after reading winning contest poems on the Tanka Society of America website. She loved the brevity of the form and submitted to Ribbons, which published her first tanka and encouraged her to keep writing. Since then she has placed in Mandy’s Page’s tanka contest, the World Tanka Competition, Diogen contests, the Haiku Poets of Northern California contests, the British Haiku and Tanka Awards, the TSA’s Sanford Goldstein tanka contest, and most recently, the Fleeting Words tanka contest. She edited the “Angry Tanka” special feature for Atlas Poetica in 2014, is currently coediting a science fiction tanka special feature, and coordinates two of the annual contests for Mandy’s Pages. Her ongoing goal is to promote the tanka form and to attract new readers and writers to tanka poetry.



Grand Canyon—
even in my darkest days
how you loved me
loved me
loved me

                First Place, Fleeting Words Tanka Contest 2017


the space in me
or the space in bed?
the cold spot
where my husband
should be

                Skylark 5:2, Winter 2017


in Lowe’s
contractor pickup area
a man asks me
if it hurt
when I fell from heaven

                Atlas Poetica humorous tanka special feature, 2017