Are you ready to learn how to craft Japanese and American poetry? Consider this book the first step on your journey to learning the basics of how to craft syllabic poetry. Inside, you will discover many new forms, syllable combinations, and interpretations of the different Japanese and American forms and structures of haiku, senryu, haiga, tanka, renga/solo renga, gogyohka, haibun, tanka prose, the cinquain, and its variations, Etheree, nonet, and shadorma poetry.
So… what are you waiting for? Let’s craft syllabic poetry together!
My reviewWord Craft: Prose & Poetry: The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry by Colleen M. Chesebro
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is a comprehensive guide covering both American and Japanese poetry including Haiku, Senryu, Haiga, Tanka, Gogyohka, Haibun, Renga, Crapsey Cinquain Etheree, Nonet, Shadorma, and variations, as well as examples of all the forms and recaps to refresh the memory too.
It is written in such a way that it is easy to understand and get the most from.
The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry begins with an introduction to how Colleen’s journey began – her poetry community, and goes on to discuss definitions of “meter, syllable, and stresses,” and the hard work required to find your creative soul. She suggests ways to encourage creativity, and talks about figurative language too.
It is clear that author Colleen Chesebro has put her heart and soul into this guide and loves helping others to be the best poets they can be. She runs a wonderful community of poets with weekly prompts, (which again must be an incredible amount of work,) and is now expanding her repertoire to include online submissions to her poetry venture with poet JulesPaige. Colleen is also a co-editor of “Word Weaving, a Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse,” at wordweavingpoetryjournal.com more about that below in her Bio.
What an incredible amount of work, dedication and research has gone into this book and into everything that Colleen Chesebro does.
It is a wonderful resource for both new students of poetry to learn and to refer to whilst writing poetry and for old hands, (such as me,) to jog our memories and to avoid making careless mistakes about the forms!
There is a bibliography at the end with the names/links/detail of all the poets who have contributed to the anthology. I’m delighted that my #Garland #Cinquain poem is included amongst this section along with so many awesome contributions from poetry community members.
My recommendation: This is a fabulous book, and one that Colleen Chesebro should be very proud of.
5 stars. I’ll be buying a paperback to use as a resource.
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Colleen M. Chesebro is a Michigan Poet who loves crafting syllabic poetry, flash fiction, and creative fiction and nonfiction. Colleen sponsors a weekly poetry challenge, called Tanka Tuesday, on wordcraftpoetry.com where participants learn how to write traditional and current forms of syllabic poetry.
Along with JulesPaige, Colleen is also a co-editor of “Word Weaving, a Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse,” at wordweavingpoetryjournal.com. The debut issue of this journal will publish in October 2021.
Colleen’s syllabic poetry has appeared in various other online publications. Recently, she created the Double Ennead, a 99-syllable poetry form for Carrot Ranch. Colleen’s poetry has poetry in various anthologies and journals including “Hedgerow-a journal of small poems,” and “Poetry Treasures,” a collection of poetry from the poet/author guests of Robbie Cheadle on the “Treasuring Poetry” blog series on “Writing to be Read” in 2020.
Colleen published “Word Craft: Prose & Poetry, The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry,” which illustrates how to write various syllabic poetry forms used in her Tanka Tuesday challenges; and a collection of poetry, flash fiction, and short stories called, “Fairies, Myths & Magic: A Summer Celebration,” dedicated to the Summer Solstice. She contributed a short story called “The Changeling,” in the “Ghostly Rites Anthology 2020,” published by Plaisted Publishing House.
Find Colleen at Word Craft: Prose & Poetry at wordcraftpoetry.com.
Find Colleen’s author blog at colleenchesebro.com
Terrific Marjorie and another wonderful recommendation for this ‘must read’ guide and collection…hugs
Colleen has worked so hard on this, happy to help share the news! Thanks Sally. x
Hi Marje, thank you for sharing your review. I will also be getting a copy with my next Amazon order.
Hi Robbie. Awesome I’m sure Colleen will be thrilled. Thank you. 🙂
Great share. Such a wonderful person too.
Yes she is. She has helped me a lot and works so hard for the writing community. 🙂
A great resource for poets! Thanks for the super review. I wish Colleen all the best with this book. xo
Thank you Darlene. Colleen has done a fab job! x
Fabulous review to share, Marje! Bravo to Colleen and all contributors! 🙂
Thank you Natalie. A big project and so well done to Colleen and all the contributors. <3
A wonderful review, Marje. I have this one on my kindle and can’t wait to dive in. Colleen definitely has the knowledge and credentials. Congrats to her on the new release!
Yes indeed, she sure does. Thanks Diana. 🙂
Great review! This is up next to read:)
Awesome. It’s a gem of a resource Denise. Had an Arc copy. Just ordered in papernack
This is an excellent review, Marje. I agree that this book is good to have a paperback as a resource. Congrats to Colleen for this wonderful new book!
Thank you Miriam. I appreciate that. It’s a great resource. Well done Colleen!
Yeah, Colleen is an expert! Thank you for sharing your review, Marje!
My pleasure Miriam. <3
A fantstic review, Marje and I too will be buying the paperback as a guide book. Well done, Colleen. <3
Awesome! Thank you Adele. <3
I’ve just done a little sharing. Hope it generates some visits.
Thank you Frank. I appreciate that. 🙂
Excellent review! *sharing*
Thank you so much Liz. <3