WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY!

WordPress has done it again! They’ve retired a bunch of themes and mine was one of them. There isn’t much selection out there anymore for anyone unless you want a one page theme. There are NO premium themes anymore. Now, all you pay extra for is CSS codes, which I’ve saved through the years. If you’re having issues with your theme, check and see if it’s been retired. OK… enough of that! Let’s get on with the good stuff!

Merril D. Smith selected the image this week. It’s a lithograph and you can read more about it HERE. Remember, we can see what’s in the image, so write your poem using the image as an inspiration. Don’t just describe what you see in the lithograph. Think about metaphor and allegory. Just remember to check what form you’re using. Some of the Japanese forms frown upon the use of metaphors. This challenge explores Ekphrastic writing, inspired by visual art.

Image Credit: https://libwww.freelibrary.org/digital/item/66272

Here are some sites that will help you write your poetry and count syllables:

Not sure how to write syllabic poetry? READ this FIRST: How to Start Crafting Syllabic Poetry

Tanka Tuesday Cheat Sheet

PoetsCollective.org

sodacoffee.com/syllables

synonyms.com 

thesaurus.com

Word Craft: Prose & Poetry – The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry

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THE RULES

  • Write your poem inspired by the Ekphrastic image above using a syllabic form of your choice found on the cheatsheet OR from the Poetscollective.org. BE creative and try alternative forms. Make sure you follow the directions on how to write the form. It’s always fun to share how to write the write the form so we can all learn together. Remember… we are still working with syllabic poetry forms.
  • Post it on your blog.
  • Include a link back to the challenge in your post. (copy the https:// address of this post into your post).
  • Copy your link into the Mr. Linky below (underlined with a hyperlink).
  • Please click the small checkbox on Mr. Linky about data protection.

Read and comment on some of your fellow poets’ work. Like and leave a comment below if you choose to do so.

The screenshot below shows what Mr. Linky looks like inside. Add your name and the URL of your post. Click the box about the privacy policy (It’s blue). As everyone adds their links to Mr. Linky, you can view the other submissions by clicking on the Mr. Linky link on the challenge post. All the links will show in the order of posting.

I will visit your blog, comment, and TWEET your POETRY. 

If you add hashtags to the post TITLE on your blog (depending on which poetry form you use) your poetry may be viewed more often on social media:

Search #TankaTuesday to find the tweets! Add a # to the name of the form you created in the title of your post.

So, Word Crafters… who wants to have fun and write some syllabic poetry?


55 thoughts on “#TANKATUESDAY Weekly #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 244 #EKPHRASTIC #PHOTOPROMPT

    1. It’s a historical image from the Depression years. It’s interesting how much it pertains to our current world. There are many ways we could look at it. Don’t forget Samhain is just around the corner. There could be a spirit or two hanging around. ❤

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  1. Thank you Colleen for hosting and Merril for choosing the photo. I’ve written a gogyohka this time. Thank you all for stopping by and reading.

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