Word Weaving No. 1: A Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse – The Moons of Autumn

Today is launch day! As of yesterday, Amazon listed The Moons of Autumn as the number one NEW Release in Asian Poetry and number six in American Poetry. Many thanks to everyone who ordered early. The Kindle version is available on 10/1/2021, and the print version should be available today or the next day. Amazon controls the release of the print version. I’ve stressed about the release date all week!

Many congratulations to the poets and the outstanding poetry we received from new and established voices in our poetic community. It’s been a pleasure to put together this collection. Many of you have never had poetry published before, so Jules and I offer our congratulations to you!

Word Weaving is a yearly poetry journal, and for our first issue, we bring you poetry crafted from a broad mix of new and established voices across the spectrum of Japanese and American syllabic poetry forms. Enjoy this collection of poems that celebrate the Moons of Autumn. Contributing Poets:

Annette Rochelle Aben, Mona Bedi, Nancy Brady, Colleen M. Chesebro, Goutam Dutta, Bill Engleson, Elizabeth F., Andreea Finichiu, D.L. Finn, Jeff Flesch, Ken Gierke, Franci Hoffman, Thom Kerr, Sujata Khanna, Ruth Klein, Jules Paige, D. Wallace Peach, Gwen M. Plano, M. J. Mallon, R.V. Mitchell, Elaine Patricia Morris, Lisa Smith Nelson, Pat Raffington, Susmita Ramani, Kerfe Roig, Aishwarya Saby, Akhila Siva, Merril D. Smith, Willow Willers, and Cheryl Wood.


Jules and I had a hard time picking only one poem to feature as the ‘Best of Issue.’ After many deliberations, we broke the list out to our three favorite poems by D. L. Finn, “Moon’s Magic,” a haibun Idyl; Merril D. Smith, “Harvest Moon,” a shadorma sequence; and a gogyohka by Ken Gierke.

In the end, we chose Ken Gierke’s gogyohka as The Best of Issue poem.

As a bonus, we featured the best of issue poem on the back cover of the print book.

We wish to thank all the poets who submitted poems. Now that the book is published, we encourage ‘you’ to post your accepted pieces on your blogs. All rights revert to the respective author/artist upon publication. If you republish your poem, we would appreciate a mention that Word Weaving was the first place of publication. Thank you in advance for posting a link to the Word Weaving Poetry Journal and/or Amazon.com. Feel free to copy any of the images on this post.

In early 2022, we will update everyone on the proposed date for the first Word Craft: Prose & Poetry Contest. The proceeds from the sale of this journal will go towards funding a first prize, and two honorable mentions. By then, we will have established rules and forms for the contest. Stay tuned to the Word Weaving poetry blog for more information.

We will post on the Word Weaving blog throughout the year. Have you subscribed to our newsletter? It’s the best way to stay in touch.

Thank you again for being part of this poetic journey.

All our best,

Colleen M. Chesebro & JulesPaige, Editors

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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. Reblogged this on Colleen M. Chesebro and commented:
    The Moons of Autumn: Word Weaving #1 for Kindle is live!

  2. Thank you! And congratulations, Ken!

  3. Congratulations to you all! 📚🎉💃

  4. Congratulations! I’m one of the never published befores, so this is extra exciting to me! I’ll be watching Amazon.
    (I don’t read digital books.)

  5. D.L. Finn, Author

    Thank you, Colleen and Jules:) Congrats Ken and Merril! Happy Release Day! I can’t wait to dive into the pages. I will get a blog up soon. Hugs xo

  6. Gwen M. Plano

    Congratulations, Colleen and Jules, and hats off to each of the contributors. I’m soooo looking forward to reading the poems. 💗

  7. Congrats to Ken; congrats to Colleen and Jules, and congrats to all of the poets who contributed, especially the first-timers. Is it grand to see your name in print? ~Nancy Brady

  8. By when can we expect the hard copy to be available on Amazon?

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