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Winter Hearts

Publication Details


Winter Hearts
by Jackson Lewis

illustrations by Monica Smith

graphic design by Chelsea Arnold
edited by Taylor Chaney

ISBN 978-0-9819591-4-6
© 2012

hand-sewn saddle-stictch binding
40 pages (4" X 6”)

$12.00 plus $2.50 postage

"The collection of tanka is rich, contemplative, full of powerful imagery and haunting, unspoken questions. It is an exciting reminder of the ways in which a tradition hailing from Japan's earliest poetic roots can live on through the pens and lives of some of today's most skillful writers." Joseph Bein.

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Winter Hearts, by Jackson Lewis, illustrated by Monica Smith. (Decatur, IL.): Bronze Man Books, 2012, 40 pages, 4 x 6, hand-sewn addle-stitch binding. ISBN 978-0-9819591-4-6. $12.00 and $2.50 postage from the publisher at <> or by mail from: Bronze Man Books, Millikin University, 1184 W. Main, Decatur, IL 62522.

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Bronze Man Books is pleased to announce the publication of Winter Hearts by Jackson Lewis. This collection of tanka is a hand-sewn chapbook featuring 40 poems written and published during the author's first three years at Millikin University.

a lone lion—
my mind wanders
to sunshine love
and winter hearts

An excerpt from the introduction by Joseph Beih, a fellow writer at Millikin University:

When tanka, a five-line lyric derived from the Japanese waka tradition, made its re- surgence into the modern poetic landscape, Yosana Tekkan was one of its staunchest advocates. His poetry sought ways to voice masculine identity in compact, powerful verse. In Winter Hearts, Jackson Lewis participates in the same tradition. His beauti- fully crafted tanka explore themes of sexuality, suppressed emotion, isolation and memory, all in a clear masculine voice that is acutely aware of its cultural context. —Joseph Bein.

This chapbook was produced in-house with hand sewing for saddle-stitch binding.

About the Author

Jackson Lewis, 21, was born in Sherman, Texas and currently resides in Decatur, Illinois. He is a junior at Millikin University majoring in Creative Writing with a minor in Theatre. Jackson has been writing tanka since his freshmen year, thanks to a Tanka Roundtable course hosted by Dr. Randy Brooks and Dr. Carmella Braniger, and has been writing tanka ever since.

'Winter Hearts' is a collection of tanka from Jackson's freshmen year through summer of 2011. He has been published in a variety of writing journals including Millikin University's literary journal, Collage, and national journals Lynx, and Atlas Poetica: A Journal of Poetry of Place in Contemporary Tanka.

More about the author.

About the Illustrator

Monica Smith (more details forthcoming).

Limited Special Edition of tea's aftertaste

The limited special edition of Winter Hearts under development.


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