Many thanks to everyone who joined in this week. There was so much fabulous poetry! Here’s everyone who joined in for the Poet’s Choice for Tanka Tuesday:

1.Padre 10.D. L. Finn 19.Marsha Ingrao 
2.Jude 11.willowdot21 20.Kat 
3.Reena Saxena 12.Gwen Plano 21.s. s. 
4.Trent McDonald 13.The Versesmith 22.Linda Lee Lyberg 
5.Ken Gierke / rivrvlogr 14.Goutam Dutta 23.M J Mallon 
6.Cheryl 15.anita dawes 24.theindieshe 
7.Dave Madden 16.Aphrodite Beamish 25.Kerfe Roig 
8.Ritu Bhathal 17.Ruth Scribbles 26.You’re next!
9.Jules 18.Donna Matthews   

Check out the DIFFERENT syllabic poetry FORMS:

Kerfe Roig wrote an Abhanga Poem, which is an Indian syllabic poetry form with syllable counts of 6, 6, 6, 4, and lines 2 and 3 rhyming.

Dave Madden wrote a Rispetto, an Italian form of poetry, consisting of eight lines. Not only do the lines follow a specific rhyming pattern—ababccdd—but each must consist of exactly eleven syllables. 

Jules wrote a Dodoitsu. This is a poem with 26 syllables: 7 in the first, second and third lines, and 5 in the last line. (7/7/7/5).

Remember, the first of the month’s challenge is where we try a new syllabic poetry form. The rest of the month we work with the forms on the poetry challenge cheat sheet.

The first two or three weeks in January 2021, I’ll be moving. I have no idea how quickly I’ll get Wi-Fi hooked up in order to host the challenge. I’ll be up and running as soon as possible. Would anyone like to host the challenge in my absence?

In the meantime, drop me a line in the comments and let me know what you like, or don’t like in the challenges. I’d like to introduce some syllabic poetry forms with rhyming schemes next year. I’ll teach you through a few posts about rhyming schemes and how to use them so they will be easy to incorporate into new forms.

I also want to know what you are looking for in a poetry challenge. I want to grow the challenge and the audience. Tell me what you think.

See you tomorrow for Tanka Tuesday!

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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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  1. Hi Sis!
    Good luck with the move! I wish I could offer but the way life is for me, right now, it wouldn’t be possible 😢

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  3. Some very interesting poems submitted this week Colleen, it’s amazing how many disaplines there are out there. You are doing a great job.
    Good luck with the move. My thoughts will be with you all.

    • Thank you, Willow. I do love this challenge. Do you have any changes to suggest? Poet of the Week seemed popular. Should I bring it back? Everyone likes getting a little recognition. <3

      • Yes they do, but you have so much to cope with Christmas and the move. But yes people do love to be recognised.
        We could try poetry in the style of : As in , Yeats, Auden, Plaith Brookes any poet. Also we could try song lyrics, or shanty’s or odes. …only thoughts remember you are the driver. Be safe Colleen and take care 💜

  4. A beautiful turnout, Collen! Good luck with your move! ❤️

  5. Rhyming themes sound like fun!

  6. Hi Colleen, good luck with your move. It’s always interesting to add new forms of poetry for people to try out. Or we could have a well known poem to inspire and take it from there. I’ve discovered a Japanese poet, Rika Inami who writes lovely tanka poetry first writing it in her native Japanese and then in English. https://readwritepoetry.blogspot.com/2020/07/interview-with-rika-inami-tanka-poet.html/

    She accompanies her tanka with images that she takes.

  7. A great response, Colleen, and I love it that you’re getting so many different forms. It’s fascinating. <3

    • I love all the different syllabic forms. Next year we will work on new syllabic rhyming forms. I also want to work with the Sonnet. Keeping the challenge fresh is my biggest aim. <3

      • I wonder if, maybe quarterly, YOU could create a new form and invite followers to try it. That would be super fun, I think.

        • I’ll be changing it up in 2021, for sure. Once I get moved I’ll introduce some new forms. Everyone is getting tired of the same old thing and I know they like having a choice. I’ve still got two books to get finished as well. It’s been an odd year. This move threw a wrench into things but sometimes you just have to keep moving forward no matter what. <3

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