Saturday 29 October 2022

Five Tanka Poems by Elancharan Gunasekaran

Tanka Poems 

tundra winds


death’s name

into ears

with every step




on beard

to the bard’s ballad

dying fire 

burns on and on



slipping dagger

between dragon scales

the all fire 

burns out its last

a village in cinders



drawn to the chaos

curious the forest


and makes its way

into the heart of grey



light from eternal lamp

flickers violently 

bodies blink 

in and out of existence

in the city of shadows



Elancharan Gunasekaran is inspired by Dadaist movements, butoh and anarchism. He believes that humans are capable of governing themselves without the need of political systems. His art often involves experimenting with visual and literary forms on the raw aspects of the human condition, climate change and man-made/ natural phenomena.


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