As regards the title, here's an explanatory excerpt from a poetics essay:
"the shortest war in recorded history was the “Anglo-Zanzibar War.” As a “final act” of that 45-minute war in 1896, Britain had demanded the Zanzibar government reimburse it for the shells it had fired.
Such arrogance, I thought, about Britain’s demand for payment. After all, Britain waged war because it didn’t approve of the man who seized power, Khalid bin Bargash, after the death of British ally Sultan Hamad bin Thuwaini. So much for [others'] self-determination. In that arrogance—and ridiculousness—I found a new title for my tanka series... "
You can see more of my tanka variations (as well as my initial, more traditional tankas) in TANKA, Vol. I which was just released from Simulacrum Press.
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