Parental Trials, #Senryu & Reading Winning Poetry

I wanted to share more about the differences between Haiku and Senryu, but first… The other day I read this post: World Haiku Series 2019 (42) Haiku by Ed Bremson. The Haiku/Senryu/Hybrid Haiku-Senryu poetry contained in the post is spectacular. These are poems that have won awards in different contests. Click the links and have a read!

If you never read award winning poetry how will you know how to write it?

Here is the link for the UHTS Cattails Journal

Download the free PDF above and read the poetry. Notice the syllable count and the form. Think about which of these poems are a Haiku and/or a Senryu. Are there any hybrid forms, meaning they are a combination of Haiku and Senryu?

Remember: Senryu poems make the human, not the world around them, the subject of their creative endeavor. Humor and sarcasm are two of the most favorable elements in a Senryu and should deal with the human condition. Think about sexual matters, family relations, religion, politics, and anything that touches on the pain we experience through sorrow, prejudice, oppression, anger, and frustration. Senryu do not deal in sentimentality.

Ken Gierke wrote the perfect political Senryu poem this week:

Here is how to tell the difference between Nature Haiku and Human Senryu:

For the first of the month challenge, here is my Senryu for this week. Do you spot the irony?

Image by coombesy from Pixabay

Grown children
forget their parents
grow older

©2020 Colleen M. Chesebro

Author: Colleen M. Chesebro

Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Novelist & Poet who loves crafting paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre fiction, syllabic poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves all things magical, which may mean she is experiencing her second childhood—or not. That part of her life hasn’t been decided yet. A few years ago, a mystical experience led her to renew her passion for writing poetry and storytelling. Colleen sponsors a weekly Syllabic Poetry Challenge, called Tanka Tuesday, on her blog where participants learn how to write traditional and current forms of haiku, senryu, haiga, tanka, gogyohka, tanka prose, renga, haibun, cinquain, Etheree, nonet, and shadorma poetry. Colleen's syllabic poetry has appeared in the Auroras & Blossoms Poetry Journal, and several other publications. In November 2017, she won the “Little and Laugh” Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the Carrot Ranch Literary Community. In 2018, she won first place for the “Twisted Travel” category. In 2019, she placed second in the Three Act Story category, with her piece called “The Game.” Colleen is a Sister of the Fey, where she pursues a pagan path through her writing. She lives in Arizona with her husband and black cat, Freyja. When she is not writing, she is reading. She also loves gardening and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art.

28 thoughts on “Parental Trials, #Senryu & Reading Winning Poetry”

      1. We awoke to a sharp frost today here with sunshine. I love those mornings, when your breath becomes visible and everything sparkles. Have a sunshiny day Colleen.🧡🙏

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      2. It’s a chilly one here today, Sue. I’ll bundle up when I go for my walk. Hugs and love to you, my friend. I think you read my mind sometimes. You seem to know what I need when I need it. ❤

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  1. Oh, no! I realized I’ve been putting titles with my haiku and it calls for none! Ergh, something else to fix, lol. At least, I got the direction for a senryu and might attempt that in the future.

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      1. Traci, read the fine print carefully on these contests. Make sure you follow everything and that you have an idea of what they want. Many of these journals are free downloads so read them before you submit. ❤

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    1. Ruth, if you want to write in the tradition 5/7/5 method, please do. Otherwise, if you want to compete in poetry contests understand that the 3/5/3, and/or the 2/3/2 current syllable counts are the forms accepted. 5/7/5 is considered too clunky for most poets. If you’re not going to compete, continue using the form you like best: 5/7/5. ❤

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      1. And they won’t. Some are translated from Japanese. This is why Haiku and Senryu in English follow syllables. We can only get close to the syllable structure because most words in Japanese are spoken in a short breath. So, the translations can’t come close. The UHTS pdf is pretty close in syllable structure, I believe. Does that help?

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    1. We use them in our challenge but all my research shows no titles. But, it seems that rules change rapidly depending on who says what. For contests and submissions to journals, I consult their rules. That’s the safest advice. 😍❤️

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