Prose Metrist, Novelist, & Word Witch
Colleen M. Chesebro grew up in a large city in the midwest. Keen on making her own way in the world, she joined the United States Air Force after graduation to tour the world and find herself. To this day, that search continues.
Colleen created Word Craft: Prose & Poetry at wordcraft.com as an uplifting community where poets can learn the basics of writing Japanese and American syllabic poetry by sharing their own poetic inspiration within a weekly poetry challenge called Tanka Tuesday. Participants submit their poetry written in one of the following forms: haiku, senryu, haiga, tanka, gogyohka, haibun, tanka prose, renga, solo renga, cinquain, and its variations, Etheree, nonet, shadorma, Badger Hexastich, and Abhanga. Poets receive positive feedback from peers who inspire each other to stretch their creativity.
Colleen’s syllabic poetry has appeared in “Hedgerow, a Journal of Small Poems,” and in “Poetry Treasures,” a collection of poetry from the poet/author guests of Robbie Cheadle on the “Treasuring Poetry” blog series on “Writing to be Read” in 2020; including several other online publications. She’s also received several awards for her flash fiction pieces during the Carrot Ranch.com yearly rodeo events.
Along with JulesPaige, Colleen is also a co-editor of “Word Weaving, a Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse,” at wordweavingpoetryjournal.com. The debut issue of this journal published on October 1, 2021. The royalties from this poetry journal will be used to fund a poetry contest on wordcraftpoetry.com in 2022.
Word Weaving #1: Digital (Kindle) available HERE
The Moons of Autumn: A Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse is the print version of the book and found HERE
The reviews are coming in!
D. Peach rated it 5 STARS!
The first Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse invited poets to submit poems around the theme of the Harvest Moon. If you love poems about the moon, you’ll find a plethora of verses among the pages to entrance, haunt, and raise a sigh or smile.
The range of forms is impressive – 18 in total – and the poems are organized by type. Each section begins with a description of the form: number of lines and syllable count, as well as the original focus of the poetic form if there is one (nature or love or human foibles, for example). In this way, the journal is instructive while offering a collection of beautiful poetry.
With approximately 75 poems in the collection, I didn’t make a list of favorites, but the editors chose three “Best of Issue” poems. Below is a Haibun Idyll a combination of prose and haiku.
By D. L. Finn
A lone black cat sits on the edge of the world, under the harvest moon. Her green eyes reflect the celestial beams, and her fur absorbs the stars. She rubs against the night’s promise, and its magic fills her soul.
our perceived shacklesGoodreads.com
released in nature’s healing
under the moonbeams
Colleen’s newest creation, “Word Craft: Prose & Poetry,” is a tutorial on how to create the twelve syllabic poetry forms she uses in her poetry challenge.
Find the book HERE: mybook.to/WordCraftProsePoetry
Here’s what they are saying about “Word Craft: Prose & Poetry”
Marjorie Mallon Amazon Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Poetry Resource, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 29, 2021, Verified Purchase
This is a comprehensive guide covering both American and Japanese poetry including Haiku, Senryu, Haiga, Tanka, Gogyohka, Haibun, Renga, Crapsey Cinquain Etheree, Nonet, Shadorma, and variations, as well as examples of all the forms and recaps to refresh the memory too.Amazon.com
It is written in such a way that it is easy to understand and get the most from.
The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry begins with an introduction to how Colleen’s journey began – her poetry community, and goes on to discuss definitions of “meter, syllable, and stresses,” and the hard work required to find your creative soul. She suggests ways to encourage creativity, and talks about figurative language too.
It is clear that author Colleen Chesebro has put her heart and soul into this guide and loves helping others to be the best poets they can be. She runs a wonderful community of poets with weekly prompts, (which again must be an incredible amount of work,) and is now expanding her repertoire to include online submissions to her poetry venture with poet JulesPaige. Colleen is also a co-editor of “Word Weaving, a Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse,” at wordweavingpoetryjournal.com more about that below in her Bio.
What an incredible amount of work, dedication and research has gone into this book and into everything that Colleen Chesebro does.
It is a wonderful resource for both new students of poetry to learn and to refer to whilst writing poetry and for old hands, (such as me,) to jog our memories and to avoid making careless mistakes about the forms!
There is a bibliography at the end with the names/links/detail of all the poets who have contributed to the anthology. I’m delighted that my #Garland #Cinquain poem is included amongst this section along with so many awesome contributions from poetry community members.
My recommendation: This is a fabulous book, and one that Colleen Chesebro should be very proud of.
5 stars. I bought a paperback to use as a resource.
Colleen is also working on “Fairies, Myths, & Magic—A Winter Celebration,” which is a collection of poems, including various Christmas and Winter Solstice mythologies, and short stories dedicated to the darkness of Winter. This book will publish in December 2022.
The first book in the “Fairies, Myths, & Magic—A Summer Celebration,” is a collection of poems and short stories available in an ebook and in print.
She contributed a story called “The Changeling,” to the “Ghostly Rites Anthology 2020: Plaisted Publishing House Presents,” just in time for Halloween.
The day before Halloween, four-year-old Alyssa Byrne disappeared from her home in the desert without a trace. Alyssa’s parents, David and Trish are frantic to locate their child. With Alyssa’s disappearance, David realizes the Byrne family curse has finally caught up to him.
Growing up in Ireland, David’s mum used to call them “scary faeries.” David and his family had a long history with the good neighbors, and not all of it is good.
Can David and Trish save Alyssa from the wrath of the faeries before it’s too late?
A collection of poetry from the poet/author guests of Robbie Cheadle on the “Treasuring Poetry” blog series on Writing to be Read in 2020. Open the book and discover the poetry treasures of Sue Vincent, Geoff Le Pard, Frank Prem, Victoria (Tori) Zigler, Colleen M. Chesebro, K. Morris, Annette Rochelle Aben, Jude Kitya Itakali, and Roberta Eaton Cheadle.
Cool! Great stuff here Colleen. See you soon at the saloon!
That’s what makes these challenges so fun.
Yes! So many different perspectives!!
Weren’t these poems great? Those 99 syllables are great fun! ❤
I know what you mean, Freya. After publishing two books this year… I’m exhausted. I’ve decided to take the rest…
- Saddle-Up Saloon Double Ennead Challenge No. 8, Recap
- Colleen’s #Book #Reviews: “Til Death Do Us Part,” by Jan Sikes @JanSikes3
- Updates: Word Weaving #1 (digital) & The Moons of Autumn: A Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse (print)
- “Harvest Moon,” haibun, #TankaTuesday
- The Moons of Autumn: Word Weaving #1, A Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse
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