Charm, Elegance, and Charm (Amazon)
Mark Schardine is a New Jersey resident with a lifelong love of poetry. In 2015, he published a French language book of his poems, entitled Au bord des rêves. He seeks inspiration in works of the past, and experiments with different forms of poetry to explore how old traditions and new experiences can lead to creativity.
This book is his first English language book. He finds inspiration in the tanka form of poetry, with its form of five lines of 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables, 7 syllables, and 7 syllables. This form that originated in Japan provides a basic structure, and today’s poets can find in this tradition a means of expressing new insights and perspectives.