PoetryNook Day: Carts Full of Air (rensaku)

Day 4: processing with poetry…

It’s new poem day—the day where I submit a new poem to PoetryNook.com. My poem is called Carts Full of Air (rensaku) and you can read it (and enter yourself!) here.

This week most of the contest poets are thinking about this new world we live in that’s populated by pandemics and empty stores. I’m no different. I’m playing with a new poetry form called a rensaku and I used it as a home for my shopping experiences from yesterday and today.

I’ve actually been writing rensaku for awhile, but I called them chained haiku. My Romeo and Juliet haiku story (Jewel) from a few years ago was just a rensaku. Another form I’ve been playing with are haiku that all share the same theme and it’s called gunsaku. I think my recent WiHM11 haiku from February fits that classification. Here’s some definitions I found:

rensaku – REIN-SAH-COO (J: linked work) A sequence of haiku or tanka in which the individual stanzas do not function independently. … rensaku – RAY’N-SAH-COO (J: linked work) A sequence of haiku or tanka wherein each stanza is dependent upon the previous one for meaning.

gunsaku (GOO’N-SAH-KOO) – group work- A group of poems on one subject which represents various viewpoints while each part can be read as a complete whole. In spite of the name, it can be done by one person.

I’ve talked about PoetryNook.com a few times on here. It’s a weekly poetry contest that’s free to enter but pays cash prizes. Even better, they nominate six poems a year for the coveted Pushcart Prize. You can enter previously published work as well.

Seem too good to be true? This is no joke—I’ve submitted 39 weeks in a row, received two firsts ($50), two honorable mentions ($25) and a Pushcart nomination. I have a reminder set in my Google calendar to submit something every Monday… and I’ve decided to share that reminder here.

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is a third generation Uchinanchu and an award-winning American poet, author, and publisher with over 20 years of experience in newspaper journalism. Publisher of Space & Time magazine (est. 1966), a Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist and HWA Mentor of the Year for 2020.
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