WD Poetic Form Challenge: Tanka Winner

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Some of you may remember that I offered a challenge within the April PAD Challenge last month. I tasked poets with tackling the tanka poetic form, and many of you responded with some great tanka poems. In fact, I had to read through hundreds of tanka to settle on a winner.

Not sure what a tanka poem is?

As usual, the quality was great. In fact, I'm trying to sneak in more than the usual one example for the Writer's Digest magazine. We'll see if the editors let me do that, but I do know the tanka winner will be in there at the very least.

The WD Poetic Form Challenge Tanka Poems Winner Is...

Jane Shlensky for the following tanka.

Street lamps make golden
ghosts on wet streets, fog smoking
pavement, settling on
cherry blossoms on your lawn;
my dark heart aches for morning.

Congratulations, Jane!

Top 10 Entries for the Tanka Form

Of course, Jane's tanka was first, but here is a list of which tanka rounded out the rest of the top 10.

  1. Street lamps make golden, by Jane Shlensky*
  2. tonight, by Rosemary Nissen-Wade*
  3. The day we kayaked, by Lori Desrosiers*
  4. There is no such thing, by flood
  5. "summer (l.a.)titudes," by honoluakane
  6. power boat floating, by Linda H.
  7. echoes rise and fall, by Tracy Davidson
  8. "Sway," by Mama Zen
  9. Little fluff of seed, by Kit Cooley
  10. "Clear Direction," by Kimiko Martinez

Congratulations to everyone in the Top 10! With hundreds of tanka submitted, it truly is something to be recognized in the Top 10. Also, thank you to everyone who shared their tanka. There were so many that resonated. In fact, I had to complete several passes before I even came close to having a "short list," which was actually still about 50 tanka long.

I hope to see everyone for the next WD Poetic Form Challenge, which should be any day now.


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