A Temple Bell Sounds
It comprises 108 tanka from the first twenty-one issues of
Eucalypt: a tanka journal
selected by the journal's founding editor
Graphic Design and Photography: Matthew George Design
The launch by Ms Kiyoko Ogawa, academic and poet
from Otsu, Japan, was followed by readings from
poets whose work is published in the anthology and by
those poets present whose work was published in
Eucalypt:a tanka journal issue 21 2016
co-edited by Beverley George and Julie Thorndyke
You can read more about the launch here:
108 thankyous for this beautiful Anthology. Perfect! I'm writing
lots of haiku and tried my hand again at free verse but I love the
form of tanka to pour out the shades of emotion... the joys, sorrows
Jenny Fraser (New Zealand)
It was so nice to be part of such a lovely launch. A Temple
Bell Sounds is a beautiful publication in regards to both the
tanka it holds and its gorgeous design and photography. Please pass
my compliments to Matthew too.
A Temple Bell Sounds is anthology of tanka gems. It was
a labour of love for Beverley, to collate 108 tanka from 21 Eucalypt
issues, a tanka journal founded and edited by her. The pages are
artistically laid, and the exquisite cover photo of a Japanese temple
bell has its own significance, explained by Beverley in the book.
I have chuckled over some tanka, gone misty eyed over others, and
some I have pondered over, the faithful recollections of the poignancy
of human life.
Madhuri Pillai (Australia)
Thank you for my exquisite copy of A Temple Bell Sounds.
The anthology is stunning from cover to cover, and it is my great
privilege to have work included with that of so many fine writers.
"ring the bells that still can ring/forget your perfect offering/there
is a crack in everything
/that's how the light gets in" (Anthem - Leonard Cohen)
Thank you for the light.
Debbie Strange (Canada)
The tanka book has arrived and how beautiful it is! Congratulations.
I lay in bed last night and read until I drifted off.....and what
a peaceful, engaging and thoughtful collection you have created.
Sometimes peace and beauty are so difficult to find, that is why
I live by the sea and escape in the garden, I think!
Tess Driver (Australia)
I have been sauntering through this lovely-feeling volume all
day. Never have I read a collection where every tanka
resonated with so much depth and emotion. There isn't a single one
that hasn't touched me deeply. You have created a wonderful and
memorable anthology here that will be on my table for a long time,
ready to dip into.
Kirsty Karkow (USA)
Your lovely book arrived today and what a triumph it is. I love
the cover and Matthew's beautiful treatment of it is a testament
to his skill. How proud you must be, both of him and of this glorious
legacy from your editorship of Eucalypt. I so enjoyed reading
(the first of many times, I'm sure) the tanka you've chosen.
Jan Foster (Australia)
Hi Beverley, your exquisite anthology arrived today. It's beautiful
and my favourite tanka by you is on the back cover. I adore this
one. The art work is just stunning and I am so honoured to be inside
the covers. Photo of you with your son just lovely also.
Robyn Cairns (Australia)
This book is for everyone from poetry lovers, both
beginner and mature, people from different backgrounds, different
ages, even to cynics and to scientists, to share.
You should be so proud of this lovely anthology
I know I'm
proud to be in it. As with Eucalypt, the touch of the type
of paper you use is smooth in the hand. The cover image is delightful,
the title intriguing, and I am so enjoying reading your favorites
from all the Eucalypt submitters over the years. What a
wonderful mother/son combination. Matthew's cover design skills
are so apparent in this lovely anthology.
Carole MacRury (USA)
I have received the beautiful The Temple Bell Sounds.
Congratulations on a notable literary achievement. I love it.
Jo Tregellis (Australia)
A Temple Bell Sounds is a beautiful reflection of the
editor, Beverley George's thoughtful and empathetic nature. Her
love and dedication towards Eucalypt over the past 10 years
is evident in the books layout and theme, as each poem tells
a different story about the journals wonderful journey over
the years. When linked together, they form a beautiful reflection
of a huge milestone for Beverley's career as an editor, as well
as the friendships she has formed with the authors who have helped
shape Eucalypt into the journal it is today.
Emma Ferris (Australia)