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

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

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: https://yukiteikei.wordpress.com/season-word-list/ & https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_kigo.  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 sodacoffee.com 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