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Word Weaving #1: A Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse (Kindle) purchase link
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Welcome to our weekly poetry stars’ celebration. This week’s challenge was Poet’s Choice, where you could choose whatever form you wanted to write. This included freestyle poetry as long as you included a syllabic form with the poem.
I am so excited about next year’s challenge. I have some new ideas to add some magic to our poetry challenges. Did you know some readers don’t take part in the challenge, but work on the different poetry forms on their own? How cool is that?
Your suggestions have helped me decide a path forward. Here’s what you’ve shared so far in order of preference:
- You all mentioned specific forms the most. You want to learn about specific forms (preferably the shorter forms) with instructions and then try the form out for yourself. This includes explaining the differences between the Japanese forms and the American forms.
- Next to a specific form, photo or Ekphrastic challenges give you the most poetic inspiration.
- Themes are also inspiring.
- Most of you do not prefer the Synonyms Only challenge. Only two poets enjoyed choosing synonyms for the two words. We only have two of those challenges left, and I’ll make them fun for the rest of the year. (I’d already scrapped synonyms only from next year’s calendar).
- Poet’s Choice is a favorite for some.
- Rhyming poetry or forced meter is not a favorite. Although, some of the shorter forms use rhyme. We could learn how to work with rhyme schemes together by adding this aspect to the specific forms challenge.
- Another suggestion was to use a poem as the inspiration to write our own poem. If we did this, I would select poems written by literary poets (including their background) to use as the inspiration for you to write your own poem. We could use a song or a poem for inspiration.
- Not everyone takes part each week, and that’s okay. The challenge is a place to practice and learn different forms. Some prompts don’t give you inspiration. I understand that. This is a safe place to try new things. Join in when it works for you.
- I got the impression that most of you enjoy the opportunity of selecting a photo, theme, or even a specific form to use in the challenge. Does that mean you would like the opportunity to teach us how to write a specific form, or do you want to leave that to me? Share your thoughts.
- Some of you would like the schedule of prompts in a different order each month. We could even change it up quarterly if that is something that sounds fun? Share your thoughts.
If you have any other thoughts to share, please add them in the comments. I would like to grow this syllabic challenge and bring new poets into the community. All suggestions are welcome.
Many thanks to everyone who joined in below:
|1.||Harmony Kent||10.||D. L. Finn||19.||Jude|
|2.||Trent McDonald||11.||Jules||20.||s. s.|
|3.||Gwen Plano||12.||Donna Matthews||21.||The Versesmith|
|5.||Elizabeth||14.||anita dawes||23.||D.G. Kaye|
|6.||Annette Rochelle Aben||15.||Selma||24.||Ruth Klein|
|7.||Reena Saxena||16.||Kerfe||25.||You’re next!|
|8.||T. J.S. Sherman||17.||Balroop Singh|
|9.||Laura McHarrie||18.||Colleen Chesebro|
There was some exceptional poetry here this week. Please stop by and have a read!
See you tomorrow for the new challenge!