February 20, 2013


December 2004

Short Verse Forms 2 – Pleiades and Fibonacchi


This titled form was invented in 1999 by Craig Tigerman, Sol Magazine’s Lead Editor. Only one word is allowed in the title, followed by a single seven-line stanza. The first word in each line begins with the same letter as the title.

I added my own requirement of restricting the line length to six syllables.

Hortensia Anderson


Lost among the floating
Lilies I found one blue
Lotus reaching on a
Long green slender stem to
Lilting bird notes sounding
Like the dulcet songs of
Lutes from mediaeval spring.

Hortensia Anderson, USA


Scattered across the night
Skies their light rides the high
Sea waves and then they fall
Soaked into the foamy
Sand until another
Sun like a yellow pearl
Swims in from the shadows.

Hortensia Anderson, USA



In mathematics,the Fibonacci
numbers are a sequence in which…

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February 20, 2013


December 2004

Introduction to WHCpoetrybridge

The purpose of poetrybridge is to make a union of two differing but complementary literary traditions possible. With this aim in view, poets skilled in both Eastern and Western verse forms engage in constructive and enlightening debate; share poetry; marvel at each other’s facility with language and forms; perhaps even open the way for poets, in a spirit of humility and friendship, to experiment awhile in a very different style of writing. What is envisaged, perhaps above all else, is a community of artists from whose love of writing a real conjoining of East and West (contrary to Kipling) can be achieved.

Bridging the continents,

Karina Klesko

Short verses – Triolet

The Triolet is an eight-line poem, with two rhymes and two repeating lines. The opening line occurs three times in this form. The first line is repeated as the fourth and seventh lines; the…

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How to write Tanka poem

February 18, 2013

1. • A tanka is a 5 line poem
that uses strong images to
establish a mood. – A tanka
focuses on the 5 senses. –
Example: • Along the beach
footprints fill with the sea fill
with the sea until they
disappear leaving only sand,
only sea.
2. Tanka poems follow the
followingpattern:Line 1: 5
syllablesLine 2: 7 syllablesLine
3: 5 syllablesLine 4: 7
syllablesLine 5: 7 syllablesDid
you notice that the pattern is
similar to a haiku poem? Both
areJapanese forms of poetry.
3. Look at the 2 tanka poems
below. With yourpartner, find
the words and phrases that
areconnected to one of your
4. 1. Choose a scene or place
you would liketo write
about.2. Visit the scene in your
imagination, andbe alert to
your five senses.3. Write five
lines using the tanka
pattern,making sure to
describe the scene withyour

February 18, 2013

How To Write A Haiku

Hi, that’s my first post just to explain how I write haiku and the general rules you should stick to while creating Haiku poems.

Blossom Cherry

It’s just a start up post, I will try to explain every step more thoroughly in latter posts, with examples of famous artists.

So, without further ado:

1. While writing haiku, always try to show a new point of view on a simple experience. Something that you don’t usually think about regarding this particular task/item/feeling.

More About Step 1

2. Don’t worry about any other text you read about writing Haiku, especially if it was referring to traditional Japanese ways, rules on writing Haiku Poems are only a spine of the process, you create the body.

More about step 2

3. Haiku Poems refer to simple elements of life, daily rutine situations, the usual things in life.

More about step 3

4. In Haiku there’s…

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February 18, 2013

How To Write A Haiku

Haiku poems should consist of 5 syllabes in first line, 7 in second line and 5 again in last line.

haiku poems themed picture

There’s really not much to write about this one, I just wanted to emphasize the fact that because Haiku Poems originated from Japan, it’s hard to include this rule while writing in English or any other language.

Like every rule, don’t stick to it too much and never, NEVER sacrifice your poem just because it doesn’t have  5 syllabes in first line, 7 in second line and 5 again in last line.

Just to stick to our rule of this blog, I will give two examples of poems that don’t abide by this step.

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February 18, 2013

We Write Poems

Once upon a time when… and that’s just how fairy tales begin.
We Write Poems:

Not that they ever went away, but have you noticed how fairy tales seem to be everywhere these days?  From major motion pictures to several new TV series, fairy tales are once again capturing the imagination.  After all, fairy tales are full of magic and impossible tasks.

Frog prince on leafFairy tales are full of impossible tasks:
Gather the chin hairs of a man-eating goat,
Or cross a sulphuric lake in a leaky boat,
Select the prince from a row of identical masks,
Tiptoe up to a dragon where it basks
And snatch its bone…
Always it’s impossible what someone asks–
You have to fight magic with magic…
excerpt fromFairy-tale Logicby A.E. Stallings
witch's feetHave you a favorite fairy tale character…. beauty or the beast? Frog or the prince?

Let’s say we join the fairy…

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February 18, 2013

Linda Joyce Contemplates

Spring is here. Let’s blossom together by creating a collage. A word collage called Cento.

Most people I meet tell me that they can’t write poetry. They may read it. A few even recite their favorites ones. What if I told you, there is poetry style created just for folks like you?

In the music world, it’s called sampling: taking an extract from one piece of music and mix it into something new. The PCM website has a detailed list of sampled songs. Here’s a few you might recognize:

“The Joker” by Steve Miller Band; “Angel” by Shaggy

“Edge of Seventeen” by Stevie Nicks; “Bottylicious” by Destiny’s Child

“Jack and Diane” by John Cougar Mellencamp; “I Think I’m in Love With You” by Jessica Simpson

“Under Pressure” by Queen and David Bowie; “Ice Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice

Now, take the idea of music sampling and apply it to poetry…

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February 18, 2013

Linda Joyce Contemplates

National Poetry Month is ending as April comes to a close. Did you try your hand at a new poem this month?
In an earlier post about poetry, I suggested that an intrepid poet might consider the Cento form. (I’m still working on mine.) Someone took exception to that form and likened it to plagiarism. What do you think?

This week I’m participating in a writing intensive class where author William Bernhardt is cracking his whip. Today, he packed every moment with useful information, even making us write on the spot. As a result of this class, I turned down a dinner invitation tonight. I can’t remember when I last said, “I can’t go out because I have homework.”

Therefore, in the absences of a scintillating post sure to draw lots of buzz, I leave you with a link to a quiz on Brainy Quote; the category is Poets…

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February 18, 2013

Fields of Yúan



Above is my profane attempt to illustrate some feelings I have had concerning some of the poetry I am reading of late. The yellow area is the type of poetry I resonate with: clear, straightforward, coherent language and the fewer obscure allusions or metaphors, the better.  A 6-dimensional illustration would better illustrate many of the other qualities that figure into my preferences, but I don’t have software to help me draw 6-D!

Are there any categories that you can identify as typifying your aesthetic preferences in poetry?  Many poetry-types will be very allergic to my analytic approach here — tough luck.  Don’t get me wrong though, this is just one of my many methods of looking at poetry.  I can even feel stuff that I don’t like  affect me — such is the nature of the world, eh?

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February 18, 2013

Another Woozle?

The Education Secretary, Michael Gove, announced last week that schoolchildren should learn poetry from the age of five.  Whilst I’m becoming more and more convinced that having poems in the memory is a fine thing, there’s something about the tone of these Governmental decrees that strikes fear, rather than poetry, into the heart. Much will depend on how proposals get worked out in detail – and let’s at least make encouraging noises where encouraging noises are due – but still I find myself humming in agreement many of with Michael Rosen’s misgivings.

Coincidentally, just a couple of weeks earlier, I started learning poetry myself. Or rather, I should say, resumed.  As a child I learned lots of poems for speech and drama exams and festivals, but their lines had long since vanished from memory; worse, I couldn’t even remember which poems I’d actually learned.

I’d been thinking about…

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