Noted for charismatic performances, Genie experiments with music, movement, dance at open-mic, and spoken events. Writing poetry, meditating and yoga all work in tandem to create the eternal dance of life.
Genie Nakano was born in East Los Angeles, California. She has a Masters in Dance from UCLA and danced professionally for many years.
even in my dreams
flight is not easy
my arms beat the air
and heavy legs drag
until the silk veil lifts
Published in Ribbons (Fall, 2010)
In 5 lines, tanka is a non-rhyme poem (prose) that expresses a chapter of experience. Tanka is my "every day." I always carry a notebook and pen scratching down observations, inner feelings, thoughts, and conversations. Anything can inspire a tanka. Romance, familly, even 2am-everything is tanka.
time for life to begin
I'm the only one awake
I talk to myself politely
Genie moderates Tanoshi Tanka every third Thursday at the Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute and writes for The Rafu Shimpo, a Los Angeles Japanese Daily News.