Welcome to the Tanka Tuesday Poetry Recap featuring the work of poets from around the globe. If you would like to participate in this challenge, you can learn the rules on the menu item called Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Guidelines.
PLEASE NOTE: Don’t forget to count your syllables. Use this site: howmanysyllables.com. Click on the workshop tab. Then, copy and paste your poem into the box, and click “count syllables” at the bottom.
For some, this challenge is a way to learn more about writing in English, even though it’s the American version. English is a second language to many of our participants.
I also understand that accent and inflection play a key roll in the way you say certain words and this will change the syllable count. Here is my compromise: Please try to get as close to the syllable count as possible when writing these syllabic forms of poetry.
This challenge is not for free-verse poetry. <3
Each week, I like to highlight a poet who I call the Poet of the Week, who has shared an exceptional message, or shown an impassioned creativity through words or form. Poetry is all about perception, so don’t be shocked if you don’t feel the same way about a poem that I do. ❤
This week, I’ve chosen Scott Bailey and his poem, “Blind,” to be the Poet of the Week. Scott said he was under the weather this week, but remembered that he had written an Etheree years ago that would be perfect for this challenge.
Let me say, that this Double Etheree is a perfect example of using your prose and poetry to bring awareness to the things in the world that are important to you. It’s a clever way of saying what you think about the world, politics, and life in general. As you can see, the Etheree form is powerful!
to the truth
Suffering goes on
And we deny it all
Unable to find a way
Through the maze of our modern lives
To a place where we can be ourselves
And hold out that hand that helps our neighbour
Instead we clench our hand in a tight fist
Holding tight onto what we have gained
Not seeing what we are losing
What slips away from our grasp
Diminishing our souls
Focused on our goals
With such passion
That we are
By Scott Bailey © 2013
Here are a few other poets who expressed their opinions this week. Check them out!
READ: The Politics of Poetry
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HERE’S WHO JOINED US LAST WEEK FOR OUR 104th POETRY CHALLENGE USING SYNONYMS FOR THE WORDS OF THE POET’S CHOICE:
Get your frustrations out by howling at the moon and writing some poetry! <3 See you tomorrow for the new challenge. <3