Tanka Very Much, and Other Poetic Forms

If you ever feel like a plebe when discussing poetic form, you aren’t alone. As I said the other day, poems do indeed come in all shades, shapes and sizes.

From the diminutive haiku, the complex pantuom to the massive epic, there is a poetic style to fit everyone and every idea. But if you want to learn about all the variety before the open mic, I just found an excellent resource.

Poets.org has an excellent collection of poetic forms for you to browse with historical contexts, examples, and more. Try learning about a new form each day over your morning coffee.

Then next time someone mentions poetry around the water cooler (you might have to initiate that conversation) you will be able to dazzle with your know-it-all.

You can find their collection of poetic forms here.

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith's work has been published in several print and online publications, including the “Horror Writers Association's Poetry Showcase” vols. 2-4, “Christmas Lites” vols. 1-6 and the “Where the Stars Rise: Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy” anthology. She has nearly 20 books of speculative fiction and poetry for adults, YAs and children. Her first collection of poetry, “In Favor of Pain,” was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award.
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