#Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Stars: #PoetsChoice, No. 228

Welcome to our weekly poetry stars celebration. This week’s challenge was Poets Choice. At the first of the month, we can write any syllabic poetry form of our choice.

Remember: In Japanese syllabic poetry, there is no capitalization on the first word in each line of your poem. Most of the American forms do not use capitalization either. Why? Because we write syllabic poetry in breathy phrases, not sentences.

On 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 the opportunity 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 challenging part. ❤

Many thanks to everyone who joined in below:

1.ladyleemanila11.Reena Saxena21.Vashti Quiroz- Vega
2.Susan Joy Clark12.Linda Lee Lyberg22.Annette Rochelle Aben
3.Jules13.Ken Gierke / rivrvlogr23.Colleen Chesebro
4.Trent McDonald14.Anisha24.Marsha
5.willowdot2115.D. L. Finn25.s. s.
6.Cheryl16.anita dawes26.Sally Cronin
7.Eugenia17.Myrna Migala27.Kerfe Roig
8.TJS Sherman18.theindieshe28.
10.Gwen Plano20.M J Mallon  

The first of the month’s challenge is always fun! I love seeing all the new forms! This week was fabulous. Check out some of these poems!

Jude wrote a ballad that included an Etheree.

S. S. wrote a Brazilian haiku with a rhyme scheme.

Kerfe wrote a “Kerf” and I liked it so much I added this form to the optional forms HERE.

Please take the time to visit the other poets. This is how we perfect our poetry writing craft from receiving feedback from others. Always be kind and supportive. ❤

Don’t forget to connect with the Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse at wordweavingpoetryjournal.com to learn the theme of this first journal. All syllabic poets are welcome!

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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