Breath & Shadow

A Journal of Disability Culture and Literature

Summer 2016

Volume 13 Issue 3



Three Tanka

By Sergio Ortiz

I fled the claws

of dragonflies, that’s to say

I saw a woman

singing to her shadow

she sounded just like me



he was a no show

at the city without walls

of my heart...

listen to the torn blood

inside my violin


these prison bars

inside the apple of my eyes

open and close

like a hand-held fan...

you’re breaking my skin

Sergio A. Ortiz is the founding editor of Undertow Tanka Review. His collections of Tanka, For the Men to Come (2014), and From Life to Life (2014) were released by Amazon.  He’s a two time Pushcart nominee and a four time Best of the Web nominee.  His poems have been publish in over four hundred journals and anthologies.

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