NEW Release: “Word Craft: Prose & Poetry, The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry”

I’m honored to share with you the Ebook release of “Word Craft: Prose & Poetry, The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry.”

Are you ready to learn how to craft Japanese and American poetry? Consider this book the first step on your journey to learning the basics of how to craft syllabic poetry. Inside, you will discover many new forms, syllable combinations, and interpretations of the different Japanese and American forms and structures of haiku, senryu, haiga, tanka, renga/solo renga, gogyohka, haibun, tanka prose, the cinquain, and its variations, Etheree, nonet, and shadorma poetry.

So… what are you waiting for? Let’s craft syllabic poetry together!

For the past two years, this book has been a true labor of love. I can say without a doubt, it was the most difficult book to format that I’ve ever undertaken. After many starts and stops, Amazon has hopefully applied all the formatting fixes. If you read in the dark mode on your Kindle, you will encounter some darkening of text. This is due to all the cutting and pasting of poetry from your website into the Word program, and then into the Kindle Creator app. It can take up to 72 hours for these updates to show, so please keep that in mind.

Please keep me informed of any problems so I can contact Amazon. The print copy will follow in the next few weeks. I’ll not use the Kindle Create app for the print book, using Vellum, instead. That should help with the print layout.

Inside, I’ve researched the following syllabic forms: haiku, senryu, haiga, tanka, gogyohka, haibun, tanka prose, renga, solo-renga, cinquain and its variations, Etheree, nonet, and shadorma poetry.

There’s a bit of history to give you some background of how and why these forms developed. I’ve also shared my tips on how to write each of the forms. I included poetry from our poetic community to round out the examples by using a citation to give credit to each poet’s work. Each chapter is a link in the Table of Contents so you can use the Ebook version as a quick reference for writing your poetry.

Thank you to all the Tanka Tuesday poets for their participation in the challenges each week. Without you, this book would not have been written. This challenge has brought us four years (and counting) of poetry writing fun. It has inspired many poets to write their own poetry books, which fills my heart with joy!

I hope you will enjoy learning about the different syllabic forms. Maybe you will be inspired to write more poetry! That is my intention. ❤

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 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.

72 thoughts on “NEW Release: “Word Craft: Prose & Poetry, The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry”

  1. Looking forward to the hands on book!! I’ve got a list of books I want to get and that’ll be on it!
    All the best for your success!
    Thanks for the hard work and all the love you’ve poured into it!! 💖

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  2. Dear Colleen,

    This new release entitled “Word Craft: Prose & Poetry, The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry” is definitely a commendable achievement. Congratulations to you on the fruiting of your two-year labour of love!

    May your eBook have plenty of great reviews!

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      1. Dear Colleen,

        You are very welcome. I have even more to convey to you as follows:

        How wonderful it is that Colleen M. Chesebro’s new book will spawn even more aspiring poets! As a tour de force in its own right, this latest publication will spur many more folks to explore poetry beyond writing mainly free verse containing little or no metre, rhyme or other traditional poetic techniques. Rich in potent explications and systematic explorations of poetic forms, devices and structures, the rich offering from Chesebro is a cornucopia worthy to be deemed as a companion reference deserving close study and appreciation.

        As I hold your expertise and experience in high esteem, I hope that you will be so kind as to review or comment on one of my rhyming poems, which contains twelve stanzas structured by syllabic verses and specific patterns and devices. The whole poem is thoroughly accompanied by bespoke music, video, graphics and animations. It is entitled “If My Name Were Moon Tonight…with Clair de Lune“, accessible by clicking the featured post in the Home page of my blog. Thank you in anticipation.

        Yours sincerely,

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          1. Dear Colleen,

            Thank you. In order to see all of the animations, please make sure that you view the post on my blog and not via the WordPress Reader. Please enjoy to your heart’s content the mixed-media offering of “If My Name Were Moon Tonight…” and its beautifully rendered Music Animation with Dynamic Visualization on the big high-resolution screen of your desktop or laptop computer. Switch the video playback to full-screen mode. The animation starts calmly and will gradually climax.

            There is also the opportunity to savour my own rendition of “Clair de Lune” recorded on the organ.

            The direct link to the post is

            I am very curious about what you think and look forward to receiving your feedback there.

            May you find the rest of 2021 very much to your liking and highly conducive to your writing, reading, thinking and composing whatever poems that take your intellectual fancy or show off your imaginative flight, with or without the power and allure of the Moon!

            Yours sincerely,

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    1. I’m working on a print version. It’s quite tedious. I have to convert the citations to end notes. 🤦🏼‍♀️ Hopefully that will come out in a few weeks. You can also read it on the free Kindle app on your laptop, computer, or phone.

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  3. Oh I’m so happy to have the kindle version and will be happier still to hold the book in my hands!! This is so helpful. Everything you’ve taught me in one reference. Thank you for writing this book!! ❤️❤️❤️

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      1. I don’t want to sound patronizing (which is why I probably shouldn’t say this…oops, here I go) but I’m proud of you. This is great. A wonderful idea sure to be a wonderful book. But, also, a lot of hard work. I’m really happy for you.

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        1. Thank you. This was about two years of reading and research. The Japanese forms are steeped in Japanese history and culture. Just because we write them in English doesn’t mean we shouldn’t honor the original intentions of the poets who created these forms. I appreciate your kind comments. You made my day. ❤

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