Welcome to the Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge Recap. Last week’s words “joy and fury,” are opposites. Michael Lydon shares:
“Bringing words of opposite meaning close together is one of writing’s most ancient devices, called oxymoron when the opposites abut—as they do in “oxymoron”: its Greek roots, oxys/moros, mean “sharp/dull”; and antithesiswhen close in balanced phrases like Catullus’s “Odi et amo—I hate and I love.” Opposites occur in the literature of every age, and any sophomore (wise fool) should be able to spot their linked unlikes in the any text’s black and white.”
Read more poetic techniques here: Wind Five-Folded School of Tanka, by Jane Reichhold.
leaving the madness behind,
bliss starts with deep thoughts.
© 2018 Colleen M. Chesebro
*For my Senryu (It’s a Senryu because meditation is a personal event), I used bliss, for joy, and madness for fury. ❤
The Tuesday challenge post will contain the rules and links to learn how to write the different forms. Please read the post to learn how to write the poetry forms for this challenge. Please LINK your poetry to that post – NOT this one. ❤
I enjoyed her Haibun/Tanka, called: “Emotions on a Blank Page,” because J.C. wrote about writer’s block – something we all have experienced from time to time. Poetic writer’s block is difficult and I am sure that I have caused all of you to scream in frustration at my choice of words at least once.
The best cure for writer’s block is to write as J.C.’s Haibun shares with us.
How about you? How do you overcome writer’s block?
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Poet, J.C. Wolfe
“Emotions on a Blank Page”
The blank page stares at me, teasing me, mocking me, daring me to write something, anything. I frown back at the white screen, my mind still empty as ever. I reach into the void for any words that will break the block. Why won’t they come? I stare harder, seething at the space I wish would fill itself. Oh, how much I could write just about the frustration of having nothing to say… I stop. I smile. Yes, yes. Fingers to keys, I begin to type. The words come easily now. From rage comes enlightenment, from enlightenment, comes triumph. Before I know it, I’m grinning at a finished poem. At last, I’ve conquered the blank page.
Anger fuels the fire
Until all falls into place
And my smile returns
Happiness comes in flashes
But such is a writer’s life!
© 2018 J.C. Wolfe
A special SHOUT OUT to a blogger who doesn’t participate but shares our challenge almost every week on his blog:
Billy Ray Chitwood: (We had trouble with links)
Rapture and Outrage (Joy and Fury)
What Rapture can there be
When the veins carry outrage?
Naught can this mind so infer!
(©BR Chitwood – 3/25/18)
Keep Writing POETRY! See you tomorrow for the new weekly challenge post No. 77 ❤
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