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.

(There is no capitalization on the first word in each line of Japanese syllabic poetry. Most of the American forms do not use capitalization either. Why? Syllabic poetry is written in breathy phrases, not sentences).

Many thanks to everyone who joined in below:

2.Reena Saxena10.Jules18.Kerfe Roig
3.Elizabeth11.Donna Matthews19.Ruth Klein
4.Gwen Plano12.D. L. Finn20.s. s.
5.Linda Lee Lyberg13.Pat21.Vashti Quiroz- Vega
6.Eugenia14.anita dawes22.Sally Cronin
7.Ken Gierke / rivrvlogr15.Jules #223.Annette Rochelle Aben
8.willowdot2116.Susan Joy Clark  

Poet’s choice is always so much fun! Congratulations to everyone! You all wrote magical poetry. I’m sharing poems that deserve a second read. Here are a few that caught my eye:

Susan Joy Clark shared an Arkquain Swirl.

Linda Lee Lyberg wrote a poignant haibun.

Pat’s haiku is a stunner.

Don’t forget to connect with the Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse at wordweavingpoetryjournal.com. Submissions are open until July 15, 2021, which is THIS Thursday! Have you submitted your poetry? At midnight, submissions close, so don’t be late!

This week, I tweeted much of your poetry on the Word Weaving Twitter account. Please follow Word Weaving @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. As always fabulous entries Colleen 💜 💜💜

  2. Thanks for linking! 🙂

  3. Thanks for all the effort that goes into curating this challenge Colleen and another bumper week ♥

  4. I always love to stop by and read. Such talent. Thanks for inspiring some wonderful poetry, Colleen.

  5. Thanks for shining a light on my poem Colleen. Just saw that🙂. Am up in the mountains and the service is a little sketchy 🙂


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