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#bookreview: Realms of the Mist by Jude Itakali

This is a stunning review of Jude Itakali’s book, Realms of the Mist, by Liz Gauffreau. Jude writes poetry in our #TankaTuesday community. BONUS: A video interview with Liz and Jude. You won’t want miss it!

Elizabeth Gauffreau

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My Review

I must say up front that I ventured out of my reading comfort zone when I accepted a review copy of Realms of the Mist from the author and agreed to provide an honest review. I have read very little fantasy except for a handful of short stories, so I am unfamiliar with the conventions of the genre.

Genre conventions are an important consideration to keep in mind when recommending a book to other readers, so I read a detailed article to inform myself. I am happy to say that experienced readers of fantasy will find in Realms of the Mist the world-building, magic systems, protagonist and antagonist with magical powers, action scenes, and overarching theme of good versus evil they have come to expect.

What’s more, the book is written in an engaging and thought-provoking way, as Kamau, a…

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Working up a sweat with poetic forms

David, shares an excellent discussion on free verse poetry and other forms. What do you think? Comments are closed here, so please drop by David’s blog to continue the discussion. 💜

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Experimenting with poetic forms

How long does it take you to write a poem that you’re truly proud of? For me, it usually takes a fair amount of time; and this has led me to a recent realization that I’d like to share.

My friends and readers know that I am constantly experimenting with sundry forms of poetry and rarely write free verse. This is not to say that I never employ free verse. I do- but not nearly as often as most poets I follow on WordPress on Twitter. Free verse really does seem to be king.


Mental exhaustion from ironing out poetic forms

Two poems I recently composed each took me a fair amount of time to complete.

The first of these was ‘Innocence lies, or: Winterwaits’, which I wrote in the ‘Diablo’ form, which I’d never attempted before. I find that trying out a new…

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#TankaTuesday 2023 Planning

I've started planning for the 2023 year of poetry challenges. I'm looking for constructive comments on what you would like to see in this challenge. Please let me know in the comments or email me at tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com. The last 2022 #TankaTuesday challenge will be 11/29/22. It's number 300, so we should celebrate! I have a… Continue reading #TankaTuesday 2023 Planning

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“Lessons From Nature,” senryu

Sarah selected the theme of "Lessons from Nature" for this week's #TankaTuesday theme prompt. The other morning, as I stood by the back door drinking coffee... I spied an animal I've never encountered before. Hey! I'm a city girl. What can I say? My neighbors have dogs, so I sent out an alert in our… Continue reading “Lessons From Nature,” senryu

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Just Released: “The Hedge Witch and The Musical Poet,” by @Marjorie_Mallon

Marje says: "The Hedge Witch & The Musical Poet is a collection of poetry and flash fiction celebrating the beauty and the vulnerability of the forest kingdom. It begins with the poetic tale of the kind-hearted Hedge Witch, Fern, who discovers an injured stranger in desperate need of her woodland spells and magic. The sweet… Continue reading Just Released: “The Hedge Witch and The Musical Poet,” by @Marjorie_Mallon

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“Blue of Pure Mind,” chōka & hanka

Image by Peter Lomas from Pixabay the blue throat chakra... a nexus to the divine blue hues of heaven serene, calm, tranquility found in a blue sky, slow down, make time to be still listen to your voice obey the stillness within blue the color of pure mind uncluttered by thoughts in silence, one can… Continue reading “Blue of Pure Mind,” chōka & hanka

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🏅Announcing the Winners of the Word Craft Poetry Syllabic Poetry Contest 🏅

I'm thrilled to announce the winners of the Word Craft Poetry Syllabic Poetry Contest held to honor the Summer Solstice. The theme was dreams, and the syllabic form to write was tanka prose. Many thanks to all the poets who entered this contest. Thanks for being part of our poetry community. Last year, JulesPaige and… Continue reading 🏅Announcing the Winners of the Word Craft Poetry Syllabic Poetry Contest 🏅

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My First Podcast: Tea, Toast, & Trivia with Rebecca Budd

Hello everyone! I've got some exciting news. My friend, Rebecca Budd, invited me to her podcast called Tea, Toast, & Trivia at https://teatoasttrivia.com/. While you're at it, this blog is wonderful to follow. You'll meet new friends here... I guarantee it! I've shared the link to the podcast below. I hope you'll have a listen.… Continue reading My First Podcast: Tea, Toast, & Trivia with Rebecca Budd

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#TankaTuesday Weekly Poetry Challenge No. 279: #Tastetherainbow-Color/Weather Poetry

Hello everyone. Happy JULY! I'm thrilled to see everyone once again! I need a vacation from my vacation! The second-floor flooring has all been replaced. No more yucky old carpet. I've got a break for a week and then the contractor begins work on the two bathrooms. It's a busy summer! Now, let's get back… Continue reading #TankaTuesday Weekly Poetry Challenge No. 279: #Tastetherainbow-Color/Weather Poetry

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#TankaTuesday #Poetry Stars No. 276 | #TastetheRainbow-Color Poetry

Welcome to our weekly poetry stars' celebration. This week’s challenge was to write our choice of syllabic poem, using a form from the cheat sheet or a syllabic form from the Poetscollective.org, featuring a color. Many thanks to everyone who joined in below: 1.Reena Saxena10.Britta Benson19.Kerfe2.Sri11.Eugenia20.Colleen: Word Craft Poetry3.Jude12.Donna Matthews21.Smitha Vishwanath4.Annette Rochelle Aben13.anita dawes22.sally cronin5.Harmony Kent14.Elizabeth23.Ruth… Continue reading #TankaTuesday #Poetry Stars No. 276 | #TastetheRainbow-Color Poetry