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.

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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