Meet the Poet: Merril D. Smith

Welcome to Meet the Poet, a Word Craft Poetry feature written to introduce you to the poets in our writing community. This is a way to get to know more about the poet and their work. Did you know many of our poets are accomplished fiction and non-fiction authors? Some of our poets are also artists,Continue reading “Meet the Poet: Merril D. Smith”

Significant #Poetry Reads, “River Ghosts,” by Merril D. Smith

I’ve been reading and enjoying Merril’s poetry for years now. Today, I’m thrilled to share my thoughts about her debut poetry book. Please click the image to find the book on The first poem in this collection shares the title of the book, “River Ghosts,” which swept me along (like a river) on aContinue reading “Significant #Poetry Reads, “River Ghosts,” by Merril D. Smith”

🏅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 andContinue reading “🏅Announcing the Winners of the Word Craft Poetry Syllabic Poetry Contest 🏅”

#poetryreading Poets in the Blogosphere (Recording) via ELIZABETH GAUFFREAU

I wanted to share this recording with you all to support our community poets. Elizabeth Gauffreau put this together, and it is fabulous! Ken Gierke and Merril D. Smith are all familiar names. Have a listen. The link to Liz’s blog is: please leave your comments there. Comments are closed. 💜


WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY! WordPress has done it again! They’ve retired a bunch of themes and mine was one of them. There isn’t much selection out there anymore for anyone unless you want a one page theme. There are NO premium themes anymore. Now, all you pay extra for is CSS codes, which I’ve savedContinue reading “#TANKATUESDAY Weekly #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 244 #EKPHRASTIC #PHOTOPROMPT”


Welcome to our weekly poetry stars celebration. As I’m moving away from FaceBook Pages, I’ve created a Twitter account for Word Craft: Prose & Poetry. Please follow @SyllabicPoetry where I will start sharing your posts this week. The Facebook page will be deleted in the next day or so. Thanks. ❤ This week’s challenge was toContinue reading “#TANKATUESDAY #POETRY STARS | #PhotoPrompt”

“Sweet” #Abhanga, #NaPoWritMo

When I wake up in the morning, one of the first things I do, after I kiss my husband good morning, is to grab a cup of coffee. Then, I go to Facebook to see what lovely photo Merril D. Smith has shared for the day. Today’s photo was spectacular! I was so inspired IContinue reading ““Sweet” #Abhanga, #NaPoWritMo”


WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY! Welcome! Check out the NEW main menu item: Poetry Book Publishing Links to find poetry book publishing links, including links to literary journals and poetry magazines accepting submissions of poetry. If you know of a link to add to this list, let me know by email to ❤ It’s the fourth weekContinue reading “#TANKA TUESDAY WEEKLY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 217, #THEMEPROMPT”


Welcome to our weekly poetry stars celebration. This week’s challenge was to write about the theme of “dreams,” using one of these forms: Haiku, Senryu, Haiga, Tanka, Gogyohka, Haibun, Tanka Prose, Renga, Solo-Renga, Cinquain, and its variations, Etheree, Nonet, Shadorma, Badger Hexastich (hexastich for short), and Abhanga. Remember… the first of the month you can write any syllabic poetryContinue reading “TANKA TUESDAY POETRY CHALLENGE STARS | Theme Prompt: Dreams”


1. Reena Saxena 10. Ruth Scribbles 19. huwanahoy 2. Elizabeth 11. Cheryl 20. Vashti Quiroz- Vega 3. Kim 12. anita dawes 21. Sally Cronin 4. theindieshe 13. Goutam Dutta 22. Ken Gierke / rivrvlogr 5. Linda Lee Lyberg 14. Sue Vincent 23. David Ellis / Too Full To Write 6. Padre 15. D. L. Finn 24. M J MallonContinue reading “WEEKLY POETRY CHALLENGE STARS | No. 193, #PoetsChoice”