Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 66: DESTINATION & GUIDE (#SynonymsOnly)

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WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY!

Hi! I’m glad to see you here. Are you ready to write some poetry? HERE’S THE CATCH: You can’t use the prompt words! SYNONYMS ONLY!

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Image credit: Robert Frost Quotes

Learn about American Poet – Robert Frost

I hope you will support the other poets with visits to blogs and by leaving comments. Sharing each other’s work on social media is always nice too.


Please note: We are all students of poetry. I have given you the instructions on how to write the different forms. Try your best to be as exact as you can. There are no tests, and I don’t grade your work. LOL!

The most meaningful change you will learn about is in writing a Haiku vs. a Senryu. Also, remember, pronunciation in various parts of the world will affect your syllable count. Go with your gut on deciding the syllable count. You are the poet and the creator of your work.

The main idea of why I sponsored this challenge was to help budding poets learn how to write various forms of poetry. Remember, if you are sending your poetry for publication in literary journals, contests, or self-publishing, you should know the correct forms and use them.

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For Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge, you can write your poem in one of the forms defined below. Click on the link to learn about each type:

HAIKU IN ENGLISH 5/7/5 syllable structure. A Haiku is written about seasonal changes, nature, and change in general.

TANKA IN ENGLISH 5/7/5/7/7 syllable structure. Your Tanka will consist of five lines written in the first-person point of view. This is important because the poem should be written from the perspective of the poet.

HAIBUN IN ENGLISH Every Haibun must begin with a title. Haibun prose is composed of short, descriptive paragraphs, written in the first-person singular.

The text unfolds in the present moment, as though the experience is occurring now rather than yesterday or some time ago. In keeping with the simplicity of the accompanying haiku or tanka poem, all unnecessary words should be pared down or removed. Nothing must ever be overstated.

The poetry never tries to repeat, quote, or explain the prose. Instead, the poetry reflects some aspect of the prose by introducing a different step in the narrative through a microburst of detail. Thus, the poetry is a sort of juxtaposition – different yet somehow connected.

Cinquain

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Senryu in English 5/7/5 syllable structure. A Senryu is written about love, a personal event, and have IRONY present. Click the link to learn the meaning of irony.

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Image credit: Pinterest.com

(Currently, free-verse prose poems are NOT part of this challenge)

Here are some great sites that will help you write your poetry and count syllables.

thesaurus.com

For Synonyms and Antonyms. When your word has too many syllables, find one that works.

howmanysyllables.com

Find out how many syllables each word has. I use this site for all my Haiku and Tanka poems. Click on the “Workshop” tab to create your Haiku or Tanka.

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THE RULES

I will publish the Tuesday prompt post at 12: 03 A.M. Mountain Standard Time (Denver Time).  That should give everyone time to see the prompt from around the world.

WRITE YOUR POEM ON YOUR BLOG as a post. 

How Long Do You Have and Your Deadline: You have a week to complete the Challenge with a deadline of Monday at 12:00 P.M. (Noon) Denver time, U. S. A. This will give me a chance to add the links from everyone’s poem post from the previous week, on the new prompt I send out on Tuesday. I urge everyone to visit the blogs and comment on everyone’s poem.

The rules are simple. 

I will give you two words. Choose synonyms from those words for your poetry. You, the poet, now have more control over the direction of your writing. Follow the rules carefully. Don’t use the prompt words.

LINK YOUR BLOG POST TO MINE WITH A PINGBACK. To do a Pingback: Copy the URL (the HTTPS:// address of my post) for the current week’s Challenge and paste it into your post. You may also place a copy of your URL of your post in the comments of the current week’s Challenge post.

Because of the time difference between where you are, and I am, you might not think your link is there. I manually approve all links. People taking part in the challenge may visit you and comment or “like” your post. I also need at least a Pingback or a link in the comments section to know you took part and to include you in the Weekly Review section of the new prompt on Tuesday.

BE CREATIVE. Use your photos and create “Visual POETRY” if you wish, although it is not necessary. Use whatever program you want to make your images.

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As time allows, I will visit your blog, comment, and TWEET your POETRY

If you add these hashtags to your post TITLE (depending on which poetry form you use) your poetry may be viewed more often:

#Haiku, #Tanka, #micropoetry, #poetry, #5lines, #Haibun, #Prose #Senryu, #CinquainPoetry

IF YOU DO NOT HAVE YOUR TWITTER ACCOUNT LINKED TO YOUR BLOG – I WILL NO LONGER TWEET YOUR POETRY… THERE IS NO SENSE SINCE YOUR TWEET BECOMES PART OF WORDPRESS.COM AND THERE IS NO ATTRIBUTION BACK TO YOU.

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You may copy the badge I have created to go with the Weekly Poetry Challenge Post and place it in your post. It’s not mandatory:

HERE’S WHO JOINED US LAST WEEK FOR OUR 65th POETRY CHALLENGE USING SYNONYMS FOR THE WORDS: AMBITION & CHANGE

COLLEEN’S WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY POETRY CHALLENGE #Haiku #Cinquain #65: Ambition & Change | But I Smile Anyway…

Seismic Shifts – Reena Saxena

Tanka Tuesday – Jane Dougherty Writes 

willowdot21 

Can you spare some Change this New Year #Tanka – Trent’s World the Blog

A Thousand Lifetimes – Smell The Coffee

Resizing – Playing with words

desideratum | like mercury colliding…

Transformation – Bilocalalia

Fortuity or Design | Stuff and what if…

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge Ambition & Change | Annette Rochelle Aben 

Senryu: The price – tea & paper

#Tanka Tuesday (1/2/18): Ordinary Grace–a #tankaprose #haibun…#poetry #haiku – Frank J. Tassone

Prompted Poetry – Shift & Shake

Senryu Change & Ambition – Cactus Haiku

Aspiration | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

owner of a dream | Storie Cantabile

New Year’s Doorways: Haibun Quadrille | Yesterday and today: Merril’s historical musings

Poet’s Metamorphose – Cinquain Poem | awisewomansjourney

Senryu: Metamorphosis – My Feelings My Freedom

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 65: AMBITION & CHANGE (#SynonymsOnly) | M J Mallon Author

#Tanka: Heart Wounds | Charmed Chaos 

Regrets – PrairieChat

#Tanka: Heart Wounds | Charmed Chaos

WolfMoon | method two madness

Dad’s Proverb – Zander In Print

Colleen’s Tanka Challenge #65 – Paper Butterfly

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Our POET OF THE WEEK is Denise Aileen DeVries, from her blog, Bilocalalia. I enjoyed the flow of her poetry and the double Tanka made her story more complete. These are essentially two different Tanka poems that play off one another perfectly.

I like the double Haiku, Senryu, and Tanka format and see no reason why we couldn’t write longer form poetry in this challenge. The whole idea is to expand your poetry skills with creativity. <3

It’s up to you. I did find a link to a book that discusses the use of double Haiku and Tanka. Click the link HERE to read the excerpt from the book.

Below, is Denise’s Tanka she called, “Transformation.”

If aspiration
is perspiration, in part,
metamorphosis
shows that caterpillars
work harder than most of us.

When strong enterprise
keeps a nose to the grindstone,
modification
of the proboscis ensues;
the successful snub is born.

© 2017 Denise Aileen DeVries

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Here are the two prompt words for this week’s challenge: DESTINATION & GUIDE

#SynonymsOnly

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About Colleen Chesebro: WordCraftPoetry

Colleen M. Chesebro is a Michigan Poet who loves crafting syllabic poetry, flash fiction, and creative fiction and nonfiction. Colleen sponsors a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called #TankaTuesday, on wordcraftpoetry.com where participants learn how to write traditional and current forms of syllabic poetry. A published author, Colleen is also an editor of “Word Weaving, a Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse, also found on wordcraftpoetry.com. Colleen’s mission is to bring the craft of writing syllabic poetry to anyone who thinks they can’t be a poet. Recently, she created the Double Ennead, a 99-syllable poetry form for the Carrot Ranch literary community at carrotranch.com. Colleen’s poetry has appeared in various anthologies and journals including “Hedgerow-a journal of small poems,” and “Poetry Treasures1 & 2” a collection of poetry from the poet/author guests of Robbie Cheadle on the “Treasuring Poetry” blog series on “Writing to be Read." Colleen published “Word Craft: Prose & Poetry, The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry,” which illustrates how to write various syllabic poetry forms used in her Tanka Tuesday challenges; and a collection of poetry, flash fiction, and short stories called, “Fairies, Myths & Magic: A Summer Celebration,” dedicated to the Summer Solstice. She contributed a short story called “The Changeling,” in the “Ghostly Rites Anthology 2020,” published by Plaisted Publishing House. Find Colleen at Word Craft: Prose & Poetry at wordcraftpoetry.com.
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50 Comments

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  2. Pingback: Will I Get There? – #tanka | Trent's World (the Blog)

  3. Hi Colleen. Here is my attempt for the week: https://trentsworldblog.wordpress.com/2018/01/09/will-i-get-there-tanka/ The photo was taken in Colorado

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  6. Thanks Colleen for another fun challenge – My Short Link https://wp.me/p3ZFSi-1IP

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  8. Hello Everyone, Hello Colleen,
    Happy Tuesday!! I’m excited because we’re have a heat wave here in NYC. We’re in the 30s, up from 9 degrees F.☺☺

    Here is my link for this week

    https://thoughtsandentanglements.wordpress.com/2018/01/09/slivers-of-spring/

    Happy New Year!!!

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  11. Hi Colleen, so much fun working with the synonyms. Here is my link.
    http://teandpaper.ca/2018/01/09/tanka-going-ahead/

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  14. https://wp.me/p4ayEo-2DE my short link in case the ping back doesn’t work

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  17. rosecoloredraven

    Pls visit my profile too.:) I tried the challenge hehe. Thank you!

  18. Sorry, that was the wrong link :/

    This one should work: https://thepaperbutterfly.wordpress.com/2018/01/10/colleens-weekly-poetry-challenge-no-66-destination-and-guide/

    Not sure if you could delete the previous one. It’s been a while since I’ve done this blogging thing. . .

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  20. Denise’s tanka is wonderful. Thanks for sharing. ❤❤❤️️️

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