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Welcome to our weekly poetry stars’ celebration. This week’s challenge was to choose synonyms for the words, “twilight and hue,” 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 the poetry stars who joined in below:
|1.||Reena Saxena||9.||Ken Gierke / rivrvlogr||17.||Donna Matthews|
|4.||Francis the Frenchie||12.||Eugenia||20.||Laura McHarrie|
|5.||willowdot21||13.||D. L. Finn||21.||Sally Cronin|
|6.||Harmony Kent||14.||TJS Sherman||22.||theindieshe|
|7.||Annette Rochelle Aben||15.||wildchild47||23.||You’re next!|
I was overjoyed at all the amazing poetry this week. There were so many new forms. What was really exciting, was to see how many of you worked on imagery in your poetry. When we are forced to look for synonyms for the prompt words it helps us find words that are more expressive.
Did you know the word hue had another meaning? Checkout the Versesmith’s poem.
Because we work with syllable counts, that always affects your word choice. But how many of us (I’m guilty of this too) have used a word with “ing” added just to fulfill the word count? The “ing” ending does nothing to the word to help us visualize that moment in time we have captured. Instead, we need to concentrate on using words that evoke our six senses.
“Imagery is the concrete representation of a sense impression, feeling, or idea that triggers our imaginative ere-enactment of a sensory experience. Images may be visual (something seen), aural (something heard), tactile (something felt), olfactory (something smelled), or gustatory (something tasted). Imagery may also refer to a pattern of related details in a poem.“Elements of Poetry: University of New Mexico
The same goes for other filler words that don’t express action. We should all make a habit to choose more expressive words and descriptions. I’ve started keeping a notebook with a page for each thing I want to describe. Take the word “sky” and start writing different descriptions you can use for your poetry or other writing. Play with the words, make new words if you can. Try out different combinations of words.
I chose WildChild47’s (Pocket Poems et. al) poems to highlight this week, because of the exquisite wordplay and imagery she chose. Look at some of these descriptions… I’ve highlighted them. ❤
"chroma dye cast hour" Dimmet crow pecks at crab apple, a blushing bride stars wink back-lit bright open India ink sky as rustling wings clatter by this eve a long stain one held aloft in soft palms a plum rich blue bruise forever ignites delight a warming belly this sangria jam-jar dream flushes in blueberries’ scheme flamenco dances in mid-sky flight a scrape, smear calling out look up look beyond the old witched hour when a broken rib served a cocktail for the girl Eve forsake her name, a whirl a kiss on his lips sweet black bird stain appetite comes home; dusk Arkquain Swirl: Syllabic: 1234~5775~4321234~5775~4321234~5775~4321 *7 syllable lines end rhyme ; titled + centered Iris is half-light complexion dusk dancer phthalo blue silver edged petals aglow fireflies come calling Shadorma: A non-rhyming, six line poem (sestina) with the following syllable count: 3/5/3/3/7/5. "This Dying Light" Feeling the blue genes, kneeling in the garden, denim is a reference point, saturating the sky. Looking up, it’s time to eat the raspberry swirl sun. Take it in-mouth, in-house, letting it infuse every water molecule in my body’s composition; the moon milk-bathes herself ready, before the curtain rises, just as the stars flick-on, the bats tilt-a-whirl tipsy, gulping bugs. I dissolve like salt in hot water, wondering who conducts this orchestra. in the afterglow I shadowbox with my eyes a blue bruise creases logic’s suggestion tinting the in-between hour Tanka would be a 5-line, 5-7-5-7-7 syllable poem. While imagery is still important in tanka, the form is a little more conversational than haiku at times. It also allows for the use of poetic devices such as metaphor and personification; Tanka prose contains a title. One basic requirement: one paragraph, and one tanka. There are two basic forms in classic tanka prose: Preface (explanation), and the Poem Tale (episodic narration). No rhyming. Eventide is the begging sun, on its knees, a suggestion of a fruit-stained plate, in hand, smeared mouth wanting – cricket song in the long grass chimes The one-bun was invented by Jim Kacian. The one-bun is an ultra-short haibun which has just one line of prose (including the title) and a (one-line) haiku. © WildChild47
This week, I’ve asked WildChild47 to choose the two prompt words for next month’s Synonyms Only challenge. Please email your words to me at least a week before the challenge to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks.
See you tomorrow for the new #TankaTuesday Challenge