WD Poetic Form Challenge: Tanka

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I know it's crazy to have a challenge in the middle of a challenge, but that's how I roll sometimes. Why not have a challenge in which the winning poet would be featured in a future issue of Writer's Digest magazine? Why not, indeed.

As you may have guessed from the title of this post, the challenge is to write a tanka, which is a Japanese form poem closely related to haiku. The tanka is a 5-line poem that generally contains 5 syllables in the first line, 7 syllables in the second, 5 syllables in the third, 7 syllables in the fourth, and 7 syllables in the fifth, or:


Titles are not required. Neither are rhymes. As with haiku, images are welcome, but overall the rules are much more relaxed.

To participate, write your tanka and paste them in the comments below. You may enter as many tanka as you wish, though they should be previously unpublished (and no, I don't count your blog or private forums as published if you don't). After the deadline passes, I'll gather up the tanka in the comments and go through them to pick a winner.

The deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Sunday (4/15/12). So you don't have much time. Of course, the good news is that you only need to write 31 syllables per tanka.

Have fun! And leave any questions in the comments below.


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