First Light, First Shadows

George Swede

First Light, First Shadows

64 pages
198 mm x 129 mm / 7¾" x 5⅛"
ISBN 978-1-903543-19-1

Praise for First Light, First Shadows

‘Authentic, one-of-a-kind George Swede moves tanka ahead into the twenty-first century. First Light, First Shadows is powerful and unapologetic.’
—Cherie Hunter Day
Author, Early Indigo

‘George Swede has done for tanka what he has done for haiku and senryu—made it his own and made it for everyone. These finely honed poems explore an uncommon psychological range, unafraid to be conscious of the self, fearless in expressing innermost thoughts about relationships, brave in probing the darkness of shadows.’
—Michael Dylan Welch
Editor, Tundra

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With the promotion
a corner office—
two window reflections
now vie for
my attention

Our clothes
where they fell
on the floor
gather first light
first shadows

Entering old age
I look less for truth
but find it more—
a mid-winter thaw reveals
pieces of sky


‘An essential collection for anyone who enjoys tanka.’