4/1 "To the Birds", an original poem by yours truly as part of my monthly project with my poetry sisters
4/2 There's always time for haiku, an introduction
4/3 What a haiku is, an overview
4/4 Can I get a kigo?, a post about the use of seasonal words in haiku
4/5 How a haiku is like a sonnet, a post about the "cut" or "turn" in haiku
4/6 How big of an insight or realization do I need in my haiku?, with examples from old masters
4/7 Senryū, haiku's sibling, about those short "haiku" that are really about people's behavior or emotions
4/8 An introduction to the tanka, or, as I sometimes refer to it, "a haiku pulling a trailer", with an example from Okura
4/9 Tanka construction - lines and syllables
4/10 How the parts of a tanka relate to one another, with a great example of a tanka from NY poet Carl Brennan
4/11 A little tanka feminism, in which I feature Ono no Kamachi (and multiple translations of one of her most famous tanka)
4/12 Final tanka thoughts
4/13 Renga: can I get a collaborator?, a post about the open form known as the renga, which on its surface looks like a tanka (or a string of them), where one poet writes the three-line portion, and another writes the following two. Which reminds me that I have some folks to email about a renga collaboration.
4/14 Sijo: an introduction, is the start of several posts about the Korean form (pronounced SHE-jo), and features famous female sijo poet Hwang Jini
4/15 The elements of a sijo. And yes, there are a lot of pieces, but they aren't actually that hard to assemble. With examples by U T'ak and Linda Sue Park
4/16 How the sijo is like Anglo-Saxon verse or sprung rhythm, a theory all my own
4/17 Anglo-Saxon or Old English verse - an intro
4/18 Anglo-Saxon or Old English verse and stress
4/19 Anglo-Saxon alliteration, featuring the work of Robin Skelton, Stephen Fry, and W. H. Auden
4/20 More on Anglo-Saxon verse, now with J.R.R. Tolkien and Vanilla Ice
4/21 Kennings, again with Tolkien and a translation of an old Irish poem by John Montague
4/22 Sprung rhythm, featuring the three main points of the form invented by Gerard Manley Hopkins (posted a bit early for Poetry Friday on the 21st)
4/23 More on sprung rhythm - watch your feet, or maybe don't.
4/23 Bonus post: Happy deathiversary to the Bard, in which I announce that June will again be Brush Up Your Shakespeare Month around here to great fanfare. Or perhaps no notice by anyone at all.
4/24 Sprung rhythm, the sonnets, including both the regular and curtal sonnet (invented by Hopkins again)
4/25 Sprung rhythm - the rest of it, including influence on later poets, with examples from Plath and Hughes and Cummings
4/26 The cinquain - an origin post, about the creation of this very American form by Adelaide Crapsey, whom I love. In fact, I just bought me an original edition of her collection of poetry, which includes her cinquains. See it there to the right, with Kismet for scale (and because, let's face it, she's a pretty kitty)?
4/27 The cinquain - a how-to post, in which Kelly got perhaps a bit cross about the "didactic cinquain" that is a clever way to get kids to write poetry, but is a bastardization of the actual form. But I digress - this one has all the elements of this lovely form.
4/28 Cinquain variations, including the reverse cinquain, mirror cinquain, butterfly cinquain, crown cinquain, and garland cinquain, with lovely poems by Naia and by Leona Atkinson.
4/29 The limerick Keeping it classy as I end the month here. With two examples, one anonymous (and a bit bawdy, but I found it among my grandfather's papers once upon a time) and the other by former Children's Poet Laureate, J. Patrick Lewis
4/29 Bonus entry: An invitation to a reading on May 13th in Mount Holly, New Jersey, where I will be reading some of my work along with three other featured poets.