My first new additions to this site for 2013 both relate to tanka poetry. The first addition is my introduction to Castles in the Sand, the first members’ anthology for the Tanka Society of America, which I edited. On the same page I also include my two tanka from the book. The second new site addition is “What Is Tanka,” my compilation of three definitions and commentary on tanka that also first appeared in Castles in the Sand. I founded the Tanka Society of America in 2000, and served as its president for five years, but have been writing fewer tanka in the last few years, but I’m hoping to write more tanka this coming year. I have also been scouring my computer and bookshelves for new tanka-related content to add to this site. Enjoy!