The Double Ennead for the Around the Campfire Journal

Double Ennead There’s been some questions about the Double Ennead form: The Double Ennead (an ennead means a group of nine, so a double ennead is 99) is a form I created for the Carrot Ranch Literary Community. The site features 99-Word stories, and I thought 99-Syllable poetry would be a great addition. The DoubleContinue reading “The Double Ennead for the Around the Campfire Journal”

65 Syllable Poetry Forms

👩🏻‍🦳 For my 65th birthday, I asked poets to create a form with 65 syllables. Here are the forms they created with examples. All of these forms are copyrighted by their creators. This post only includes the new forms. If you want to read all of the birthday poetry please find the links below: 1.Continue reading “65 Syllable Poetry Forms”

The Crapsey Cinquain & The American Cinquain

I’m here with another thorough analysis of a syllabic form: the cinquain. Adelaide Crapsey didn’t give us any specific rules for her version of the cinquain. Instead, poetic scholars examined her cinquain poems and her writings to discover the magic behind the form. ⭐️ The Crapsey cinquain follows accentual and syllabic patterns by relying heavilyContinue reading “The Crapsey Cinquain & The American Cinquain”

Senryū or Senryu

Senryū is a form with 3 or more lines following the short-long-short, (s-l-s) 3-5-3, 2-3-2, (5-7-5 traditional) approximately twelve syllables. Senryu do not rhyme, nor do they contain metaphors and similes. This form does not contain a title. Senryu is written about love, human foibles relating to a personal event, and should have an elementContinue reading “Senryū or Senryu”

Reshare: hokku by Bashō

From Hokku: Writing through the Seasons I’m fascinated by this new site that teaches us about hokku through translations in English. I’ve included his most recent post and his explanation of Daoku! 💜 Meet David: “This site was initially devoted to information on how to write contemporary hokku in English. Then, I decided to widenContinue reading “Reshare: hokku by Bashō”

Haiku vs. zappai

Let’s do a refresher on haiku and zappai: Some of what I’m seeing lately is called zappai, or pseudo-haiku, which is not truly haiku. Just because a poem has three lines and twelve to seventeen syllables, doesn’t make it a haiku. If your poem does not feature a season word, it’s not a haiku. It’s haiku-like orContinue reading “Haiku vs. zappai”

Let’s Talk: tanka prose

Let’s talk tanka… tanka prose, that is! The Basics of the tanka prose form: I try to adhere to the basic structure of tanka prose—which includes the five-line tanka written mostly in the form 5-7-5-7-7, but always in the format of s-l-s-l-l; where the middle line is a pivot between the first and the lastContinue reading “Let’s Talk: tanka prose”

Kigo: Japanese Season Words for Crafting Haiku

Kigo (季語, “season word”) is a word or phrase associated with a particular season, most often used in traditional forms of Japanese poetry such as haiku, renga and renku. Wikipedia provides an excellent definition of haiku: “Haiku is a short verse genre written in one line in Japanese and commonly three lines in English andContinue reading “Kigo: Japanese Season Words for Crafting Haiku”

Haiku & Zappai

Haiku is a form with three or more lines following the short-long-short, 3-5-3, 2-3-2, (5-7-5 traditional) of approximately twelve syllables. Haiku are written about nature, the seasons, a beautiful moment in nature, an emotional experience while in nature, or change. No title. (Kigo required). No rhyming. Season word list: &  My version of How to write haiku HERE. Let’sContinue reading “Haiku & Zappai”

How to craft Syllabic Poetry

Are you new to crafting syllabic poetry and don’t know how to start? Let me show you two syllabic poetry forms to get you started on your poetry writing journey now… Let’s start with an American form, the Crapsey Cinquain. The Crapsey Cinquain is a five-line, non-rhyming poem featuring a syllable structure of 2-4-6-8-2. Choose wordsContinue reading “How to craft Syllabic Poetry”