#TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY STARS | #Theme Prompt: Your Favorite flower

The news is out! JulesPaige and I created a new publishing opportunity for syllabic poets!

You can find samples of poetry here, and more information on submissions here.

Word Weaving
 began as a creative experiment between two poetic friends, Colleen Chesebro and JulesPaige, birthed from our combined love for writing syllabic poetry on Word Craft: Prose & Poetry. All these Tanka Tuesday poetry challenges got us to thinking. What if we published a yearly poetry journal of syllabic verse to encourage emerging poets?

Our aim is to be a small, online, and print poetry journal that shares thoughtful syllabic poetry with uplifting fresh voices while supporting established ones. There are no submission fees. Read our submissions page to learn more.

The proceeds from the sale of this journal will be used to sponsor a yearly poetry contest on Word Craft: Prose & Poetry at wordcraftpoetry.com to be announced in 2022. Prizes will be determined at a later date. We will keep the cost of the ebook and the print book low enough to make it affordable for all poetry lovers.

Submissions Open May 15, 2021, when we will announce the theme of the first edition. I would visit Word Weaving and sign up for our email so you don’t miss any important dates.

Welcome to our weekly poetry stars celebration. This week’s challenge came from Kat who asked us to “Pick a Flower” and tell us why it is special to you,” using one of these forms: haiku, senryu, haiga, tanka, gogyohka, haibun, tanka prose, renga, solo renga, cinquain, and its variations, Etheree, nonet, shadorma, Badger hexastich, and Abhanga poetry.

Remember… the first of the month you can write any syllabic poetry form of your choice. The rest of the time, we write our syllabic poetry in one of the forms listed, and we follow a schedule (posted below). I do this for a couple of reasons. It requires those of you who would like to enter contests or to submit your poetry to literary journals to learn how to follow their rules. This challenge gives you that practice. Besides, why enter a challenge if you don’t follow the rules? That’s the challenge part. ❤

Many thanks to everyone who joined in below:

1.ladyleemanila10.Laura19.anita dawes
2.Padre11.Annette Rochelle Aben20.Jude
3.Goutam Dutta12.theindieshe21.Heather
4.Trent13.Colleen Chesebro22.Gwen Plano
5.Reena Saxena14.Myrna Migala23.Marsha
6.willowdot2115.Laura McHarrie24.Sally Cronin
7.Cheryl16.Laura McHarrie25.
9.Jaye18.Erlyn Olivia  

I enjoyed reading all the descriptive poetry you shared, including the stunning images of every flower you could think of. It was a feast for all five senses.

This week, I selected Padre’s poem:

"Lavender Moment"

Hazy carpet
Scent enriching the air
Majestic lavender perfume
Found there
To brush
To crush or pick
Brings heavenly release
As the violet field yields bliss
For me
Join me
In my journey
Into the place of bloom
And we will share its sweet treasure


This week, I’ve asked Padre to choose the prompt for next month’s challenge. Please email your words to me at least a week before the challenge to tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com. Thanks.

Thanks everyone! See you tomorrow for the new challenge!

Published by Colleen M. Chesebro

An avid reader, Colleen M. Chesebro rekindled her love of writing poetry after years spent working in the accounting industry. These days, she loves crafting syllabic poetry, flash fiction, and creative fiction and nonfiction. In addition to poetry books, Chesebro’s publishing career includes participation in various anthologies featuring short stories, flash fiction, and poetry. She’s an avid supporter of her writing community on Word Craft Poetry.com by organizing and sponsoring a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called #TankaTuesday, where participants experiment with traditional and current forms of Japanese and American syllabic poetry. Chesebro is an assistant editor of The Congress of the Rough Writers Flash Fiction Anthology & Gitty Up Press, a micro-press founded by Charli Mills and Carrot Ranch. In January 2022, Colleen founded Unicorn Cats Publishing Services to assist poets and authors in creating eBooks and print books for publication. In addition, she creates affordable book covers for Kindle and print books. Chesebro lives in the house of her dreams in mid-Michigan surrounded by the Great Lakes with her husband and two (unicorn) cats, Chloe & Sophie.

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