Zappai

Here it is! The final A-Z Challenge post! I fucking did it!!!! Zappai poems are like haiku; they have a 5-7-5 syllable pattern but do not contain the seasonal reference expected of haiku. In other words, zappai are all those haiku people write that haiku poets recognize as not being haiku. In fact, I’d say…

Ya-du

2 more to go…and the A-Z Challenge is in the bag! The ya-du is a Burmese poetic form. Here are the guidelines (taken from Writer’s Digest): Quintains (or five-line stanzas). Four syllables in the first four lines. The final line has either five, seven, nine, or 11 syllables. The fourth syllable of the first line…

Xiaoshi

I had to dig deep to find a poetic form starting with “X”. This explanation is from Judi Van Gorder: Xiaoshi, (small poem,shi = poetry / xiao = little, diminutive or small) is a genre of Chinese poetry from the 1920s. It is a fragmented poem with minimal explanation. It teams seemingly unrelated images with…

Utendi

Okay, guys, I’m digging deep on this one. “U” was a tough one to find, and none of them have looked real easy to achieve (the first one I found was an Arabic form written in the “meter of the camel”…not sure what that means, but, hey, maybe it’s a cultural thing, and I’d have…

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