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 in 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 Ethan Eagar, and his Etheree poem, “Derelict Adventure,” as the Poet of the Week.
The first thing that caught my eye, was the fact that he realized the word, read, could also be used as the past tense – read. He used the words, Dulcet & Flush (a transitive verb for the color of Red which is a homophone of the past tense of Read, which has a different pronunciation).
I like that kind of vision and quick thinking. Stretch the boundaries and make the words work for your own creativity.
The Etheree speaks of the fate of the many print books stuck on dusty shelves, unread and unloved. I like the flow of his words and the way he asks us to question the care of our own books. Will print books become obsolete? He hints at this message, without saying it. Well done!
buried in shelves
skittish print dust bound
dulcet yet derelict
flush with want, packed full of life
voracious for discovery
but time bodes ill of this adventure
pale refuse neglected by its seeker
© 2018 Ethan Dale Eager
HERE’S WHO JOINED US LAST WEEK FOR OUR 110th POETRY CHALLENGE USING SYNONYMS FOR THE WORDS: “Pleasant & Read”
Congratulations to all the poets who participated this week. You all deserve a huge pat on the back! Make sure and read tomorrow’s post as there will be some news that I think will make all of you happy. <3