Welcome to our weekly poetry stars celebration. This week’s challenge was to choose synonyms for the words, “green & morass,” 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, and any of the syllabic forms from the Poetscollective.org.

Many thanks to everyone who joined in below:

2.Trent McDonald9.The Versesmith16.Kerfe Roig
3.Gwen Plano10.D. L. Finn17.Sangeetha
4.Cheryl11.Laura McHarrie18.Ruth Klein
5.theindieshe12.Donna Matthews19.
6.Annette Rochelle Aben13.Susan Joy Clark  

There were some great new forms shared this week. Honestly, I love learning about new syllabic poetry forms and it’s fun to experiment. Who knows? That new form might become your new favorite to write!

Lady Lee wrote a Baccresiezé which is written in 3 quatrains. L1, L2, & L3 are 8 syllables, and L4 is 4 syllables rhymed, with a complicated rhyme scheme AaxB bxAB xxxB x being unrhymed. Have a read!

Elizabeth wrote a form called the Tree of Life. It’s a syllabic form containing 19 lines, unrhymed, following the syllabic order: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4 which takes on the shape of a tree! I love shape poetry. This is worth a second read!

Kerfe created a Zeno which is a 10-line verse form with a repeating syllable count of 8,4,2,1,4,2,1,4,2,1. The rhyme scheme is abcdefdghd. The Zeno has a lovely rhythm and Kerfe’s photo’s are like a mini-vacation.

One form I was especially happy to see was the solo-renga. Selma’s two solo-renga were lovely. You will enjoy the poetry of the Bellflowers.

This week, I’ve asked Selma to choose the two words for next month’s synonyms-only challenge. Please email your words to me at least a week before the challenge to tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com. Thanks.

Submissions are now closed for the first edition of the wordweavingpoetryjournal.com. We will be sending out emails to the poets whose poetry was accepted. Stay in touch! Follow Word Weaving on Twitter @word_weaving.

See you tomorrow for the new challenge!

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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. Well done all a lovely sample of new and made up forms.
    Thanks as ever to our patient teacher Colleen 💜

  2. Thanks, Colleen! I loved to see all these new forms, greet selection, happy to be included in it. Congrats to all.

  3. Lots of wonderful poetry, Sis! I loved Elizabeth’s ‘Tree of Life’ poetry style. That’s a new one for me. Kerfe’s ‘zeno’ style was also different and cool. <3

  4. I love seeing all these new forms! This was a great idea. (K)

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