Welcome to our weekly poetry stars’ celebration. This week’s challenge was to write a poem using the lithograph selected by Merril D. Smith 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:
|1.||Harmony Kent||9.||Goutam Dutta||17.||sangeetha|
|2.||ladyleemanila||10.|| Ruth Klein’s Scribbles||18.||theindieshe|
|3.||Reena Saxena||11.||Tricia Heriz- Smith||19.||Jules|
|4.||willowdot21||12.||Colleen Chesebro||20.||Ken Gierke / rivrvlogr|
|6.||D. L. Finn||14.||anita dawes||22.||Annette Rochelle Aben|
|7.||Cheryl||15.||Kerfe||23.||Merril D. Smith|
|8.||The Versesmith||16.||D.G. Kaye||24.||You’re next!|
This lithograph inspired some great poetry this week, and it brought in some new poets to the challenge. Welcome all! This challenge has a been a huge part of my life for the last five years! Can you believe it? Five years…
Happy fifth Birthday to Tanka Tuesday! I started this challenge on September 27, 2016, hoping to fill a poetic void in the poetry community here on WordPress. There were plenty of “haiku” challenges, but nothing for tanka. Most challenges gave the participants two words to use in the composition of their haiku.
I started the #TankaTuesday challenge the same way until I realized that everyone’s poetry sounded the same. That was the beginning of #SynonymsOnly where the challenge was in selecting synonyms for the two words. From there, the challenge expanded over the years, offering various syllabic forms for poets to choose from. Look how far we’ve come!
Happy Tuesday everyone! Are you ready to get your poetry groove on? Then, you’re in the right place! Pull up a chair, order some coffee or tea and let’s talk TANKA poetry. WHY TANKA POETRY? I love to write Tanka poetry because it is a Japanese poem consisting of five lines, the first and third … Continue reading Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Prompt Challenge #1 Harvest & Moon
I’d like to thank each of you for being part of the WordPress poetic community here on Word Craft: Prose & Poetry. We’ve sure had fun through the years. I can’t wait to see where the challenge goes next. I’m always open to suggestions. Just send me an email! I want to continue growing this challenge through the years ahead. Here’s to many more years! Cheers! 🥂🍾
This week, I chose Sangeetha’s (Mindfills) chōka poem to feature. I like the story she found in the image:
truth hit me like rain lashing at my mortal skin naked, unguarded leaving red weals of wisdom as the end begins washing away yesterday's into a new earth I stand still, soak it all in as you leave the place we lived © Sangeetha
This is a good example of reading between the lines and finding inspiration from an image. Sangeetha describes nothing we already can see in the image. The themes of endings, death, and rebirth all play a part in her poem. The last line of her poem connects to the lithograph with no description needed. This is what I’m talking about. Let the image tell its story to you. Then, write it.
This week, I’ve asked Sangeetha to choose the prompt for next month’s challenge. Please email your words to me at least a week before the challenge to email@example.com. Thanks.
Jules and I are excited to share the cover of the First Edition of Word Weaving, a Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse. The Kindle copy will be available for preorder on September 1, 2021, for delivery on October 1st, 2021. The print edition will release October 1, 2021. The proceeds from this journal will go to fund a Poetry Contest on Word Craft: Prose & Poetry to be announced at a later date. Click HERE to preorder.
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See you tomorrow for the new challenge!