The Auroras & Blossoms Poetry Journal has created a new poetry form called the pareiku.
The word “pareiku” combines two concepts:
- ‘pareidolia’ – the tendency to perceive a specific, often meaningful image in a random or ambiguous visual pattern.
- ‘-ku’ – a tribute to Japanese poetry forms like the haiku and tanka.
The rules to create this form are quite simple:
- Link together two seemingly unrelated images as one via a 19-syllable poem.
- The poem must have a title and follow the 7-5-7 syllable pattern. Punctuation is optional.
- The two images can feature the same or different types of visual art. But you must own copyrights / have permission from the artist(s) to use those images. And credits are required at the end of your piece.
- Pareiku are meant to be positive / inspirational and family-friendly. So no erotica and no swear words allowed.
Learn more about the form here: Pareiku
The pathway through the darkness
replete with dangers—
often leads us to the light
©2020 Colleen M. Chesebro
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