Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow is an innovative project continuing and developing the collaborative relationship between two fine tanka poets, Amelia Fielden and Kathy Kituai.

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Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow is an innovative project continuing and developing the collaborative relationship between two fine tanka poets, Amelia Fielden and Kathy Kituai.

This is a tanka diary, extending over one calendar year, where the two poets interact and respond to each other’s reflections as the days pass.

It is thus creative and personal, with many opportunities for contrast and agreement.

Amelia Fielden

Australian poet, Amelia Fielden, has a Master of Arts degree in Japanese Literature, and is a professional translator who also writes original English verse in the traditional Japanese tanka form. Specializing currently in the work of contemporary Japanese women poets, Amelia has translated sixteen such collections to date. In 2007 she was awarded the Donald Keene Prize For Translation of Japanese Literature by Columbia University, USA, for Ferris Wheel: 101 Modern and Contemporary Japanese Tanka (Cheng & Tsui, Boston). Amelia's own tanka have been widely published in journals and anthologies,and awarded internationally. Six collections of her original poetry have appeared between 2002 and 2010, the most recent of them being Baubles, Bangles & Beads (2007) and Light On Water (2010). Also published in 2010 was Weaver Birds, a bilingual collaborative tanka diary created by Amelia and Japanese born Canberra poet, Saeko Ogi.


from Journeys

at the edge
of the station platform
a pigeon
unfolds its wings to fly,
and I will too, I will af

一瞬思ふ旅立ち近く s

I think of that moment
when the jet-engine revs
higher for takeoff —
my departure date
is approaching

sixty years
of flying, still thrilled
by the instant
when the plane roars, rises
slanting into the sky



so narrow
sliced vertically
the Tokyo sky
is joined to the sky
of Canberra

Kathy Kituai

Poet, diarist, founder and facilitator of Limestone Tanka Poets, Kathy Kituai has facilitated creative writing workshops in Australia and Scotland. Her numerous commendations include two Canberra Critics Circle Awards, St Kilda Poetry Award, Banjo Patterson Poetry Award, Somerset National Poetry Prize, Tea Towel Tanka Award, Fuji Award, and an Arts ACT Award to work in Scotland, which inspired this book. Kathy has worked with dancers, visual artists, a musician, a potter, and is published in Japan, UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand, PNG and Australia. President and Vice President of the Fellowship of Australian Writers (1987-1990), Kathy was also an editor for the Institute of PNG Studies and Muse magazine, a peer panelist for Arts ACT, and on the steering committee for the Weereewa Festival. She has judged  literary competitions over the years, the latest being the Brockman Poetry Competition for Manning Clark House, 2013.


ISBN : 9781921869099
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1-5 of 4 reviews

  • IP (Interactive Publications Pty Ltd)

    Kituai and Fielden’s responsive tanka capture the rhythms and extremities of our unique Australian landscape. From the devastation of the Black Saturday fires and the government cull of kangaroos to the exquisite beauty of ‘galahs sweeping skywards from the dunes’, there is a depth of wisdom and emotion in these poems waiting to be revealed; a keenly observed ecstasy for life.

    – Graham Nunn, Australia poet and publisher

    July 25, 2023
  • IP (Interactive Publications Pty Ltd)

    A dual delight. . . unique and complementary, the voices of Kituai and Fielden reveal timeless truths on universal themes. Their year-long responsive tanka diary is not only a book for today, but provides indelible links with all our yesterdays. With intuitive poetic skill, the fragility of fleeting moments comes alive.

    Lyrical and sensitive, these responses capture sadness and grief, desire and joy, and express innate appreciation and value for life. Kituai and Fielden record both the small and larger experiences that affect us as individual and community; be it the silver wedding ring of the man who offers his seat, or the children ripped out of reach by a tsunami.

    – David Terelinck, poet and tanka writer

    July 25, 2023
  • IP (Interactive Publications Pty Ltd)

    The book-length tanka collaboration, by Kathy Kituai and Amelia Fielden, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, explores the deep and sometimes uncanny relationships between our human experiences and our wider, more tenuous, though no less ambiguous experiences of life. These are poems to be savoured in the mouth and tanka to listen to: they demand to be read aloud, sung. Some tanka seem not so much written as orchestrated – sounds and meaning giving way to music and musical effects. There is exuberance and a love of nature and language throughout this collection, and also an irresistible sense of play. The tanka are written in an almost subliminal language filled with beautiful tension and silent immensity. This is a collection where two poets’ delight in words is fully displayed for our pleasure.

    – Patrica Prime, New Zealand poet and editor

    July 25, 2023
  • IP (Interactive Publications Pty Ltd)

    Over the period of one year, Amelia and Kathy have corresponded with unique responses to each other’s tanka unfolding the fabric of individual life experiences. The poems flow gently along allowing the reader to empathise and identify and with their own inner-most feelings and yet throughout, the poets maintain their distinctiveness. In these times of uncertainty the world economy doesn’t escape mention along with the rich pickings of youth and ageing, love and death.

    The result is a distillation of emotions, clear perceptions and strong images which, is like sipping the best plum wine while wandering through a marvellous art exhibition.

    This book is one to be savoured.

    – Margaret L Grace, artist, poet and tanka writer

    July 25, 2023

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