#Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Stars | Theme challenge-Discovery

Welcome to our weekly poetry stars celebration. This week’s challenge was to choose synonyms for the words, “loose and tight,” using one of these forms: haiku, senryu, haiga, tanka, gogyohka, haibun, tanka prose, renga, solo renga, chōka, cinquain, and its variations, Etheree, nonet, shadorma, Badger hexastich, Abhanga, diatelle, & the Kerf poetry. The optional form instructions are here.

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? Syllabic poetry is written in breathy phrases, not sentences.

I’m thinking of starting a poetry reading session. Let me know what you think. Read the post HERE.

Many thanks to everyone who joined in below:

1.Susan Joy Clark8.Ken Gierke / rivrvlogr15.Sally Cronin
2.Trent9.Donna Matthews16.Kerfe Roig
3.Reena Saxena10.Jules17.kittysverses
4.willowdot2111.Cheryl18.Annette Rochelle Aben
5.theindieshe12.Ruth Klein/ Ruth Scribbles19.Colleen Chesebro
6.Laura McHarrie13.anita dawes 20. Mystical Strings
7.Elizabeth14.Anisha 21. Jude 

I loved all the poetry this week. It’s always fun to see what inspires us the most. I would say, Jules’ choice of the theme of discovery fits the bill for most of us!

This week, I’ve selected Donna Matthews to choose a theme for us to work with next month. I liked how she combined the theme of discovery along with the Hemingway quote in her post. I also liked the philosophical tone of her words. The idea of discovery is there, but you realize the truth all on your own.

Time Traveler

what day of your life are you living
time traveler or present day
what I have found to be true
you will be forgotten
stay here beloved
your days fleeting
soon, this now

© 2021 Donna Matthews

This week, I’ve asked Donna Matthews 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.

Don’t forget to connect with the Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse at wordweavingpoetryjournal.com to learn the theme of this first journal. Submissions are open until July 15, 2021. Follow Word Weaving on Twitter @word_weaving.

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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 Colleen. I’m going to read all these today.
    I have a question and maybe grievance..

    I was wondering how, why who wrote the rule that Japanese forms should not be capitalized at the beginning? As a reader, I pause or take a breath with every capitalization in poetry, and with many pivots, a capital in the next line allows room for a thought. I have a very hard time reconciling that rule with the natural flow, depth, and wonder that I’ve always got from Japanese forms. It takes away alot in my opinion and reason of breathy phrases perplexes me. The caps at the beginning can often be the difference between the kind of message or thoughts a writer wants to incite.

    Please help me understand this rule. I’m going to read some further articles on it as well.

    • I believe it has to do with the Japanese language. I can find nowhere (except in prose poetry) that capitalization is used in Japanese poetry. Also, syllabic poetry is written in phrases not sentences. Even the names of the Japanese forms are not capitalized, except at the beginning of a sentence. Prose poetry is different and yes, you do use capitalization in those forms. Don’t confuse prose poetry with Japanese poetry. It’s apples to oranges. I did not create the rule about capitalization in Japanese poetry. It’s always been there since the forms were created centuries ago. Check out some of the reputable journals like Hedgerow, in the U.K. There is no capitalization. Visit the dVerse blog and notice how they write their prose poetry vs their Japanese poetry. Definitely do your research. That’s how we learn. I used the definitive guide, “The Haiku Handbook,” by William J. Higginson & Penny Harter for my own research. The book teaches how to write, teach, and appreciate haiku. It’s available on Amazon. There are many sites that will help you online. ❤️

  2. Wow! Thank you Colleen!
    I’m honored to be selected and yes! Next month’s theme…hmmmm…

  3. Congratulations Donna and everyone who entered. Thank you as always Colleen, I love the idea of the chance to read our poetry. Have a good week everyone.💜

  4. Congratulations to Donna.. a lovely piece.. and as always a wonderful turnout.. thanks for all the work that goes into keeping us creating…hugs ♥

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