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 element … Continue 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 widen … Continue 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 or … Continue 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 last … Continue 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. Photo by Evgeny Tchebotarev on Wikipedia provides an excellent definition of haiku: "Haiku is a short verse genre written in one line in Japanese and … Continue 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. Photo … Continue 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 words … Continue reading How to craft Syllabic Poetry

Helpful Tips & Tricks for Submitting Poetry to Literary Journals

Syllabic poetry has specific rules that should always be followed when submitting your poetry to literary journals. No one likes rejections. Here are a few things that poets should watch out for: Count your syllables and the number of lines specified for the form you are writing. Then, double-check your poem before submission. Use to check … Continue reading Helpful Tips & Tricks for Submitting Poetry to Literary Journals

Finding Poetic Inspiration

I've had a few poets ask me about poetic inspiration. Where do you find it, and how do you go about acquiring this precious commodity? I dedicated a section in Word Craft: Prose & Poetry, The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry to just that subject. In my opinion, inspiration is everywhere. But not everyone feels … Continue reading Finding Poetic Inspiration