Happy Tuesday everyone! Welcome to the TANKA CAFÉ. Are you ready to get groovy with your poetry? Then, you’re in the right place! Pull up a chair, order some coffee or tea and let’s write some TANKA poetry.
** IF YOU CAN’T FIND INSPIRATION FROM THE PROMPT WORDS-WRITE YOUR TANKA BASED OFF THE FEELINGS YOU GET WHEN YOU LOOK AT THIS PHOTO BELOW **
Happy Tanka Tuesday! Grab a cup of Joe or a cup of tea and read what’s below…
SO, LET’S TALK ABOUT HOW TO CREATE THE TANKA POETRY FORM.
It is worth taking a moment to check the best way to create a Tanka.
Tanka poems are based on syllable structure much the same way a Haiku is written in the 5/7/5 format.
The Tanka form is easy to create: 5/7/5/7/7 and is a Haiku with two extra lines, of 7 syllables each consisting of five separate lines.
What makes a Tanka different from a Haiku is that the first three lines (5/7/5) are the upper phase. This upper stage is where you create an image in your reader’s mind.
The last two lines (7/7) of a Tanka poem are called the lower phase. Now here is where it gets interesting. The lower stage, the final two lines, should express the poet’s ideas about the image that was created in the three lines above.
Visit Jean Emrich at tankaonline.com Quick Start Guide
CLICK THE LINK TO SEE THE EXAMPLES and to learn how to write a Tanka poem
Here are some great sites that will help you write your Tanka.
For Synonyms and Antonyms. When your word has too many syllables, find one that works.
Find out how many syllables each word has. I use this site for all my Haiku and Tanka poems. Click on the “Poetry Workshop” tab to create your Tanka. Here are the rules for the Tanka form: howmanysyllables.com
I will publish the Tanka Tuesday prompt at 12: 03 A.M. Mountain Standard Time (Denver
Time). That should give everyone time to see the prompt from around the world.
WRITE YOUR TANKA POEM ON YOUR BLOG as a post.
How Long Do You Have and Your Deadline: You have a week to complete the Challenge with a deadline of Monday at 12:00 P.M. (Noon). This will give me a chance to add the links from everyone’s Tanka post from the previous week, on the new prompt I send out on Tuesday. I urge everyone to visit the blogs and comment on everyone’s Tanka poem.
The rules are simple.
I will give you two words that you need to use (in some form) in the writing of your Tanka.
The two words can be used in any way you would like to use them. Words have different definitions, and you can use the definitions you like. Feel free to use synonyms for the words.
LINK YOUR BLOG POST TO MINE WITH A PINGBACK. To do a Pingback: Copy the URL (the HTTP:// address of my post) for the current week’s Challenge and paste it into your post. You may also place a copy of your URL of your Tanka Post in the comments of the current week’s Challenge post.
Because of the time difference between where you are and I am, you might not think your link is there. I manually approve all links. People participating in the challenge may visit you and comment or “like” your post. I also need at least a Pingback or a link in the comments section to know you took part and to include you in the Weekly Review section of the new prompt on Tuesday.
BE CREATIVE. Use your photos and create “Visual Tanka’s” if you wish, although it is not necessary. Use whatever program you want to make your images.
I will visit your blog, comment, and TWEET your TANKA
If you add these hashtags to your post your poetry may be viewed more often:
#Tanka Tuesday, #micropoetry, #poetry, #5lines
If you haven’t set up your blog to share to Twitter, you should. It is an excellent way to meet other poets and share your work.
You may copy the badge I have created to go with the Tanka Tuesday Challenge Post and place it in your post:
HERE’S WHO JOINED US LAST WEEK FOR OUR 17th CHALLENGE USING THE WORDS – STORM & COLOR: (Please make sure to visit the other participants. We learn from each other. <3)
This week’s Poet of the Week is Mick Talbot, from Mick’s blog. Click on the links and stop by his blog and say hello. He wrote the following Tanka’s based on the prompt words. I loved his contributions, but the third one really inspired me.
Storm & Color
the raging oceans
dolphins surfing white horses
dawns red coloured clouds warnings
ignore the siren singing
autumnal storms blow
leaves yellow orange red bronze
woodland colour revealing
jostling rustling dancing leaves
storm weather brainstorm
multi colour black or white
cleared the air think-tanked
both holding the future plans
man invents nature creates
love torn storm breaks hearts
a tiff a spat kiss make up
loves cruel hurt games
compromise trust each other
46 years heartfelt advice to all
we’ve a storm to brave
the futures causing worry
feared color blood red
imagination strife rife
alarm rings nightmares again
© Mick Talbot 2017
Here are the two words for this week’s challenge: CHARM & TOUCH
(any forms of the words AND don’t forget that you can use synonyms)
There are many different meanings to these words. Have fun and experiment. If the prompt words don’t
Inspire you… write a Tanka based on the photo above.
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