The Terrible Poetry Contest

Have you ever heard of the TERRIBLE Poetry Contest? Chel Owens hosts this challenge. This kind of poetry is so fun to write… why do we have to be serious all the time? For this challenge, Chel wants you to write a terrible tanka! You’ve got this!

Welcome to the biweekly Terrible Poetry Contest! This contest came about because of too many poets writing far, far too many qualifiers (I mean; really?), emoting in the sloppiest ways, counting syl…

Source: The Terrible Poetry Contest

Here is my entry:

Chel Owens’ Terrible Poetry Contest was just the perfect bit of fun I needed to get my creative juices flowing! Chel says you can learn how to write terrible poetry HERE.

The form is a tanka which is usually written in the 5-7-5-7-7 syllable count. Tanka shouldn’t rhyme, and we should write them from the perspective of the poet. Now that I know how to write them correctly… how do I make a terrible tanka? I’ll show you below:

Twisted tanka

shopping lists and lint
my mittens turned inside out
pocket poetry
quiet your skeptical mind
get your winter coat dry cleaned

The theme is “what one might find in one’s pocket.” This poem meets the syllable count 5-7-5-7-7. This poem literally means nothing. LOL! 😀


And guess who won?

READ all about it HERE!

Check out what form I suggested for Chel’s contest this week:

https://chelowens.com/2022/03/22/the-terrible-poetry-contest-3-18-22/

2022 Poetry Challenge Planning

Planning for the #TankaTuesday Poetry challenge is underway! However, in our corner of the blogosphere we’ve always worked together on these challenges. We’ve done the same themes for about three years. It’s time to change it up.

I’m looking for input from you, the poets who contribute each week. What are you looking for in this challenge? Where should we go next? I have some ideas in play, but I’m looking for your thoughts. Here are some questions to get your creative juices flowing…

Do you want more rhyming syllabic forms?

How about we work on only Japanese forms? Or a specific form?

What about learning about forms that rhyme?

What is your favorite challenge? Themes, photos, synonyms, two words, your choice of form?

Do you want to continue participating in the selection process?

Do you want me to select the prompts each week?

Let me know in the comments. I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

Word Craft: Prose & Poetry – Poetry Readings

This past Thursday, I joined in on the dVerse Poet’s Pub open-mike night. It was great to hear the voices of many of the poets I admire. The poetry was great too!

It occurred to me we should do something similar here at Word Craft. I would love to hear your longer-form syllabic poetry recited!

The first of the month challenge produces a wide range of syllabic poetry. The second Monday of the month could be the perfect time to get together online. I thought that once a month we could meet via Zoom at 9:00 am Eastern, for our European poets, and again at 3:00 pm Eastern for anyone else who would like to join in. I would set everything up and give you the codes to join the meeting. With a free account, we have a time limit of 40 minutes, so we would have to work within that time constraint. However, Google Meet is another possibility.

Please share your thoughts in the comments if you’ve used Google Meet or Zoom, and what your preferences are. I’m excited to hear your thoughts. Let me know if you are interested. Please answer the poll below. I’ll let you know the results in a few days and we can decide to move forward or not.

The Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge Cheat Sheet

The Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge Cheat Sheet has been updated. Remember, if you are using these instructions to enter poetry contests and journals, do your research. This is only a brief description of how to write the different forms of syllabic poetry.

I’ve done the work of researching these syllabic forms for you. Word Craft: Prose & Poetry is available as an Ebook and a Print book. mybook.to/WordCraftProsePoetry Let’s write syllabic poetry together! <3

Word Craft: Prose & Poetry, The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry is now Available in Paperback

I’m thrilled to announce that the print version of Word Craft: Prose & Poetry is now available on Amazon. The last week has been a wild ride! I did my best to keep the costs low enough for everyone to purchase the book. Please enjoy! <3

Are you ready to learn how to craft Japanese and American poetry? Consider this book the first step on your journey to learning the basics of how to craft syllabic poetry. Inside, you will discover many new forms, syllable combinations, and interpretations of the different Japanese and American forms and structures of haiku, senryu, haiga, tanka, renga/solo renga, gogyohka, haibun, tanka prose, the cinquain, and its variations, Etheree, nonet, and shadorma poetry.

So… what are you waiting for? Let’s craft syllabic poetry together!

Let’s celebrate!

NEW Release: “Word Craft: Prose & Poetry, The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry”

I’m honored to share with you the Ebook release of “Word Craft: Prose & Poetry, The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry.”

Are you ready to learn how to craft Japanese and American poetry? Consider this book the first step on your journey to learning the basics of how to craft syllabic poetry. Inside, you will discover many new forms, syllable combinations, and interpretations of the different Japanese and American forms and structures of haiku, senryu, haiga, tanka, renga/solo renga, gogyohka, haibun, tanka prose, the cinquain, and its variations, Etheree, nonet, and shadorma poetry.

So… what are you waiting for? Let’s craft syllabic poetry together!

Amazon.com

For the past two years, this book has been a true labor of love. I can say without a doubt, it was the most difficult book to format that I’ve ever undertaken. After many starts and stops, Amazon has hopefully applied all the formatting fixes. If you read in the dark mode on your Kindle, you will encounter some darkening of text. This is due to all the cutting and pasting of poetry from your website into the Word program, and then into the Kindle Creator app. It can take up to 72 hours for these updates to show, so please keep that in mind.

Please keep me informed of any problems so I can contact Amazon. The print copy will follow in the next few weeks. I’ll not use the Kindle Create app for the print book, using Vellum, instead. That should help with the print layout.

Inside, I’ve researched the following syllabic forms: haiku, senryu, haiga, tanka, gogyohka, haibun, tanka prose, renga, solo-renga, cinquain and its variations, Etheree, nonet, and shadorma poetry.

There’s a bit of history to give you some background of how and why these forms developed. I’ve also shared my tips on how to write each of the forms. I included poetry from our poetic community to round out the examples by using a citation to give credit to each poet’s work. Each chapter is a link in the Table of Contents so you can use the Ebook version as a quick reference for writing your poetry.

Thank you to all the Tanka Tuesday poets for their participation in the challenges each week. Without you, this book would not have been written. This challenge has brought us four years (and counting) of poetry writing fun. It has inspired many poets to write their own poetry books, which fills my heart with joy!

I hope you will enjoy learning about the different syllabic forms. Maybe you will be inspired to write more poetry! That is my intention. <3

In Memoriam: Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent

It is with a heavy heart I share with you the passing of our friend and poet, Sue Vincent. Sue was a pillar in our poetic community, always ready to jump into a poetry challenge. And, most importantly, she was always there to offer a kind word of encouragement.Through the years, I’d come to love her Midnight Haiku, and other writings about England, a place dear to my heart.

In her honor, I share a double Etheree poem Sue wrote a few years ago that I keep on my desk. This poem is the true essence of Sue’s spirit. May the faeries help her find her way to the other side so that she may find peace. Thanks for being part of our journey. <3

pure
nature
walked lightly
by those who see
untrammeled beauty
following the pattern
crafted by the architect
even the smallest has its place
in the endless cycle of being
an unbroken chain of relationships
from the feral claw of the predator
to the cooing of the mourning dove
from mountaintop to ocean's depth
each life a star to guide us
towards understanding
eye to eye mirrored
we see ourselves
in the dance
living
free

©2019 Sue Vincent

Poet, Jim Webster shares an amazing tribute to Sue HERE.

Another blog Update…

Hello everybody! I’m in the midst of the worst mercury retrograde I’ve ever experienced. A couple of months ago my email was hacked. To add to my bucket of woe, I have had countless issues with WordPress, Facebook, and today, Instagram. Someone cloned my account and is sending spam messages to everyone. The Instagram account is deleted. This doesn’t include all the issues in my personal life that have surfaced. It’s a tough time for all of us.

There’s been a few changes on my blog(s) and I want to make sure everyone knows what went where. I’ve split Word Craft ~Prose & Poetry from my personal writings. On my author blog, colleenchesebro.com you will find my poetry and short stories, along with Faery Tarot Friday. My pagan writings will appear there, as well.

I’m working on finishing up Fairies, Myths, & Magic II, A Winter Celebration, so if I seem distant, I’m writing. My other book, Word Craft ~ Prose & Poetry, should publish by next spring. There’s a lot going on!

Word Craft ~ Prose & Poetry at the new domain of wordcraftpoetry.com will be the main hub for the Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge. The weekly poetry challenge will remain there, along with book reviews and Author interviews. You might have to subscribe to my blog again to get an email of my posts. Currently, I have no email newsletter. Most of them want a paid email for my blog and not a gmail account.

I’ve updated the front page and the blog categories to make things easier to find. Take a look around. Let me know if something is not right.

I want Word Craft ~ Prose & Poetry to remain an active poetic community. In the future, we’ll have a brainstorming session (questions you’ll answer) to help me figure out where we want to go with the challenges. I hope to add some rhyming syllabic forms and I want your input.

I’d love to host a yearly poetry challenge, but haven’t determined the parameters, yet. I would love to sponsor weekly features (guest blogs) by poets who would like to share different forms for us to learn, or other poetic topics. I want to interview our poets! I want to know all about you and your poetry. More about that later!

Long term, I would like to compile a yearly poetry journal that everyone could purchase for a nominal fee ($.99 each) with submissions from the poetry challenges or from other submissions. (I’m not sure yet how that would work). That could give us the funds to host a small prize poetry contest each year.

Thanks for putting up with the moving of posts and all the other crazy WP issues. Please share your thoughts. I’d love to hear what you think.

No TRICKS… only TREATS!

Exciting News!

Just a heads up… I’ve changed the domain name of Word Craft ~ Prose & Poetry to wordcraftpoetry.com. I’ve created an author blog (still in progress) at colleenchesebro.com. Bear with me while I make all these changes in headers, etc. It might be confusing for awhile, but there is no good time to make these changes.

It was always my dream to create an active poetry community on Word Craft ~Prose & Poetry and that is finally in the works. I have many exciting plans for the future.

Thanks for being part of this poetry community. I appreciate you all! <3

Cover Reveal: Word Craft ~ Prose & Poetry

Help Me Celebrate!

Grab a piece of cake!

While I’m waiting to hear from my editors, I thought it was time to share the cover of my newest book creation, “Word Craft ~ Prose & Poetry. This book will discuss the basics of how to write the Japanese and American Syllabic poetry forms we use in my weekly Tanka Tuesday challenge.

I’ve collaborated with my friend, Wendy Anne Darling of Bookxeedo Book Covers, in the creation of this book cover. I love it! Some of these images have slipped into my blog, as well. How exciting! Can you tell I love the color orange?

I’ve done quite a bit of research on the eleven forms we use: haiku, senryu, haiga, tanka, gogyohka, haibun, tanka prose, cinquain, Etheree, nonet, and shadorma. There’s a bit of history, and explanations of how the forms are written. The Japanese forms are explained along with the differences between syllables and sounds in the Japanese language. I break it all down into simple terms.

At the end of each chapter, I’ve cited examples from the poets who participate in the challenge. Sometimes, we learn best from seeing what other poets write.

I’m thrilled to have content editing advice from our own American Haijin, Frank J. Tassone who kindly is reviewing my writing directions for the Japanese forms. I’m indebted to our lovely poetic community who support each other in all we do.

Look for this book in the coming months! I’ll share a few special offers when I get closer to publication.

Image by imazite from Pixabay

Don’t be shy! Grab a piece of cake and help me celebrate the cover of my newest creation!