#TankaTuesday Weekly Poetry Challenge No. 305, 1/31/23


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In case you missed last week’s poetry, here are the poet’s links from the 1/24/23 Ekphrastic challenge:

1.Reena Saxena 9.willowdot21 17.D. Wallace Peach 
2.ladyleemanila 10.AJ 18.Jules 
3.s. s. 11.Kerfe 19.Colleen Chesebro 
4.Dr B 12.D. L. Finn 20.Yvette M Calleiro 
5.Gwen Plano 13.Echoes of the soul 21.kittysverses 
6.ben Alexander 14.Li/ Lisa 22.Robbie Cheadle 
7.Jude 15.Balroop Singh 23.Ruth Klein 
8.Britta Benson 16.Elizabeth 24.
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Random word poetry is something that Jane Dougherty started writing last year. I think this is a great way to find inspiration, so let’s try it.

Below, I’ve generated a list of 100 random words. The idea is to read through the words, searching for a word that sparks your inspiration.

Then, choose no less than three words to use in your poem.

You can use as many words as you’d like, but at a minimum—you must use three words from the list. This is a great time to experiment with freestyle or free verse poetry (defined on the cheat sheet).

If you write a free verse or freestyle poem, please include a syllabic form to accompany it. That means you’ll write two poems. Have fun making connections between the two forms.

Here are some sites that will help you write your poetry and count syllables:

Not sure how to write syllabic poetry? READ THIS FIRST: How to Craft Syllabic Poetry

Tanka Tuesday Cheat Sheet





Word Craft: Prose & Poetry – The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry

Please include a link back to the challenge in your post. (copy the URL, the https:// address of this post into your post).

Copy your link into the Mr. Linky written in green script below:

Please click the small checkbox on Mr. Linky about data protection.

Read and comment on some of your fellow poets’ work.

Like and leave a comment below if you choose to do so.

NOTE: If you are reading this post from the WP READER, Mr. Linky will not show on the post. Please go directly to the post on wordcraftpoetry.com to add your post link.

I’ve created a Facebook page and private group for Word Craft Poetry.

**If there is enough interest, I’ll keep up the page and the group. If not, I’ll delete them. Let me know your thoughts about the page and the group.**

I’ll post the weekly challenge post in the group and on the page.

⭐️ I’ll share your poetry on my page which is public, UNLESS you’ve asked me not to share your poetry on Facebook. The idea is to drive traffic to your blog. Let me know in the comments, if you DO NOT want me to share your poetry. ⭐️

Word Craft Poetry #TankaTuesday is the Group. It’s a private group, so you will have to ask to join. Here is the address: https://www.facebook.com/groups/873730923953256

Word Craft Poetry #TankaTuesday is the Page. My blog posts automatically post here. Here is the address: https://www.facebook.com/tankatuesday

Now, have fun and write some poetry!

75 thoughts on “#TankaTuesday Weekly Poetry Challenge No. 305, 1/31/23”

  1. Struggling with this today! Words just aren’t triggering me at all no matter how much I stare at them. Maybe I’m just a “visual” and “kinaesthetic” oriented person? But I look forward to reading others’ poems.

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          1. Some of the forms are very challenging. Most syllabic poets choose one or two forms to write and concentrate on those. I like to dabble in all of them. This book is meant as an introduction to the forms. I hope it prompts some self study for those who want to learn more.

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          2. As a beginner I can cope with haiku and Senryu in short and long forms, I’m not good at them but I understand what I’m doing. I’m ok on haiga and tanka in terms of understanding, but then ground to a halt with gogyohka and haibun. So, I’m going to focus on getting better at simpler haiku and Senryu.

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          3. Dr. B, these forms take practice. I’ve been writing them for years and still don’t know all there is to know. But, it’s fun learning. Once you feel more confident, you’ll try other forms. I enjoy the cinquain form, and the shadorma. They don’t have as many rules as the Japanese forms. But the Japanese forms really speak to me. LOL!

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  2. This should be fun because everyone will choose different words, opening up a lot of themes. As for your question, I’d love if you keep this page open because I get an email that reminds me to come here. I don’t always make it to Facebook, and things get lost in the masses of posts. I’d hate to miss out on it because my brain forgets it’s Tuesday and doesn’t search for it. Just my two cents! 😉

    Yvette M Calleiro 🙂

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    1. I will keep the page open, Yvi. I want to share our poetry to the page. Feel free to share your poetry in the group. All poetry is accepted in the group. It’s just another way for poets to find each other’s poems. 💛

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  3. […] Tanka Tuesday this week invites us to play with words. I love to write found poetry, and this is similar. She gave us a list of words to pick three or more and write a poem. I’ve chosen: selfish, capricious and trap. These beautiful yellow flowers are in a pot on my desk, I’m enchanted by their beauty, so this poem is for them. The words are below, why don’t you give it a try? […]

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      1. Sometimes when you have a ‘Wordle’ you can change the tense of the word in the list. At any rate – I’m glad I didn’t change the words 😀

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  4. Thank you for this wonderful prompt, Colleen. I’ve been wanting to use the random word generator but didn’t know how to go about it. Had fun incorporating the words into my Tanka Series. 🙂

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  5. Colleen, I may be missing something on WordPress but I can’t find a way to visit each persons poem until the challenge is over and the post up the grid to link to each of us. Our comments just don’t link unless we enter a link as we say we’ve entered. I would very much like to read and support entries as they occur. Should we each include a link in our entry comment as well as in linky?

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    1. Dr. B, click the Mr. Linky icon on my challenge post. Then, once you’re inside, you can click on the links the poets added. You’ll be taken to their blog. The comment links don’t work most of the time and add an extra step that most people don’t have time for. This is why we went to Mr. Linky.

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  6. Hi Colleen. Just added my contribution over at Mr. Linky there. Not sure if it’s exactly in line with the guidelines but hope ye enjoy the read all the same! 🙏🤞😁📖


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