#TankaTuesday #Poetry Stars No. 254 | #SpecificForm: tanka prose

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Welcome to our weekly poetry stars’ celebration. This week’s challenge was to write tanka prose 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.Reena Saxena8.anita dawes15.Donna Matthews
2.Gwen Plano9.Harmony Kent16.Colleen Chesebro
3.Veera10.Jules17.theindieshe
4.ben Alexander11.Balroop Singh18.Jude
5.Sri12.Kerfe19.Marsha Ingrao
6.The Versesmith13.wildchild47 20. You’re Next!
7.willowdot2114.Ken Gierke / rivrvlogr  

Wow! We some great tanka prose this week. Check out the variety of subjects you all chose. Tanka prose is one of my favorite forms because it’s so versatile. The idea is to find a connection between the prose and the tanka, so you’re not repeating yourself. I like to think of the tanka as an added piece of the puzzle or the “revelation” to the prose.

David, from the Skeptic’s Kaddish (ben Alexander) shared a poignant piece “Sick Days, or: Tissues” about his wife and daughter’s cold. This is the essence of tanka prose. It’s great to share everyday events and the episodic narration or poem tale is perfect for this kind of poetry.

I also liked Anita Dawes‘ tanka prose, “Falling In.” The prose sets the stage for the tanka. This is a great moody piece using the Preface form.

I loved Sri’s piece called “Inking.” This is also a great example of the Preface (explanation) tanka prose form.

Kerfe‘s Urban Assembly School for Green Careers Garden (Thursday Doors) tanka prose poem tale is a feast for your eyes and mind. I love how Kerfe photographs the architectural delights (doors) in NYC.

See you tomorrow for the new challenge!

14 Comments

  1. Lovely, Colleen. I really enjoy the weekly challenges and the sharing between poets. Beautiful!

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