As 2022 winds down, I embraced all the fun we had writing poetry at Word Craft Poetry this year. Thank you to everyone for joining me.
We posted 47 #TankaTuesday Poetry Challenges and 47 Poetry Stars Recap posts! That’s a lot of poetry! We average 20 to 30 poets writing poetry each week per challenge. That’s almost 1,200 poems a year inspired by the challenge.
What else did we accomplish in 2022?
In 2021, Word Craft Poetry published the first Word Weaving Poetry Journal. As promised in 2022, we used the money from the royalties of the sale of the journal to sponsor a Word Craft Poetry Contest with cash prizes. It was a resounding success!
There was even enough money left over for me to send both judges a paperback copy of Word Craft: Prose & Poetry as a thank you for their hard work.
What’s new for Word Craft Poetry in 2023?
This year, let’s explore syllabic and other poetry styles written together. Feel free to write free verse or freestyle poetry for the challenge, as long as you add a syllabic form to your poem.
What is the difference between free verse and freestyle poetry?
Free verse poetry is when you refrain from using a specific pattern of rhyme or meter. I have seen Freeverse, free verse, and free-verse… they all mean the same thing.
Freestyle poetry is when you don’t have a formatted style or pattern, but you use rhyme most of the time and therefore create a catchy beat with your words, similar to rap. Here’s a link about rhyme schemes.
The book, Leaves of Grass, a collection by the American poet Walt Whitman, is an example of freestyle poetry. Allen Ginsberg famously imposed a structure upon free verse with his 1955/1956 poem Howl. He didn’t use a rhyme scheme or specific meter, but the poem holds structure through Ginsberg’s use of repeated phrases.
The option to use free verse and freestyle poetry remains a choice, not a requirement.
- As always, we will write syllabic poetry together by choosing forms from the WCP Cheat Sheet and the poetscollective.org.
- This year, I’ve added a section to the cheat sheet called Literary Devices Defined. If we’re going to explore other forms, we should learn some of the correct poetic literary terms to use for our poetry.
- We will explore some different and similar prompts: ekphrastic, photo, synonyms only, specific forms, and some new surprises. I will research different forms and provide a post with examples of how to write the forms so that we can write them for our challenges.
- I’d like to review poetry books on Word Craft Poetry, so I can highlight the books in my Significant Poetry Reads category.
- I’d like to highlight each of our poets in the Meet the Poet feature. Read more HERE. I can feature two poets a month. I’m accepting reservations now for January, February & March.
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The Bitmoji app finally retired my word-witch avatar I’ve had since 2016. It was a sad day. 😞 Here’s to a new year of writing syllabic poetry for 2023.